In March of this year, an Austrian court in the Hargamor region interpreted card packages sold in the popular FIFA Ultimate Team game mode of the FIFA game series as violating the country’s gambling law.
What made the decision unique, however, was that it was not EA, the game publisher, but Sony, whose card packages were purchased through the PlayStation Store, that was being held liable in the court’s ruling. However, the court’s decision was not yet binding, as Sony had the opportunity to appeal the decision to a higher court.
Now, however, it seems that for one reason or another, Sony has given up on appealing the decision, and according to German website Gamesmarkt, Sony now has to pay 338.26 euros for the underage player’s lootbox purchase. have to be reimbursed. ,
The amount itself isn’t large, but Padronus, the law firm handling the lawsuit, says hundreds of players have contacted the company and are willing to seek compensation from loot boxes.
Neither Sony nor EA have commented publicly on the issue, but it remains to be seen what the console company’s next course of action will be, as Sony hardly wants to remain responsible for micropayments made for other games. Is.
V2.fi | Mikko Sepinen