Sanctions against Valve and five video game developers for restricting crossborder sales


By: Cristina Vila and Alba Gubia

On January 20, 2021, the European Commission (the “Commission”) fined Valve, owner of the video game platform Steam, together with five video game developers, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax, 7.8 million euros. The sanctioned conduct consisted ofrestricting crossborder sales of video games based on the geographic location of users within the European Economic Area (“EEA”).

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