French gaming commerce group stands up for Steam amid European Commission investigation

A French gaming commerce group has responded to The European Commission’s investigation into Steam’s geoblocking practices.

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The European Commission revealed final week that it’ll be investigating Steam for limiting keys for certain games from being activated anywhere in but the country they were bought from.

The tactic is called geoblocking, and is being executed to forestall resale of video games purchased from areas the place they’ve a lot decrease costs into extra affluent international locations, as properly cease the observe of switching Steam areas to benefit from the cheaper costs within the lower than rich EU international locations.

Now, the French gaming commerce group Syndicat National du Jeu Vidéo, has issued a press release defending Valve’s place. As reported by GamesIndustry, the assertion kind of defined the explanation everybody is aware of why geoblocking exists within the first place.

“The investigation is concentrated on attainable geoblocking practices which may have occurred to counter the emergence and development of sure conduct on the digital online game market whereby some corporations massively buy digital activation keys priced for distribution in territories with low shopper buy energy after which resell such keys globally by way of the web at greater worth.

“The SNJV has lengthy been involved by this parallel market, which probably permits for the avoidance of tax legal guidelines and European laws that usually ought to apply, and penalizes each European customers and online game creators.

“We hope that by shedding mild on this context, European and nationwide authorities will be capable to suggest options to online game creators and publishers that, at present, are impeded from promoting their video games in sure European territories at costs which might be reasonably priced to most of the people in comparison with native buying energy,” concluded the assertion.

Of course, Valve just isn’t alone on this, because it’s being investigated alongside 5 different large publishers like Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media, and Zenimax.