The possible monopoly of some companies within the video game industry has been a major topic in recent months, while Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard is being reviewed. Fusion in which PlayStation has been actively participating, rightly accusing that with the purchase, Microsoft would create a monopoly by acquiring so many franchises, such as Call of Duty.
And now, PlayStation has been in the news again but not for this issue, although strangely in something very similar to what it alleges against Microsoft. This, since a United States senator named María Cantwell, who is part of the Democratic Party of that country, has accused Sony of having a monopoly within the video game industry, assuring that, according to her sources, the company controls the 98% of the high-end game market.
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And for this, Cantwell has asked Katherine Tai, the United States Trade Representative, to pressure the Japanese authorities to address the matter, further assuring that the Japanese Trade Commission has failed in its investigation of these “exclusionary practices”.
“I have been informed that Sony has a 98% monopoly in the market for high-quality games. Despite this, the government of Japan has allowed Sony to carry out anti-competitive practices through exclusivity agreements and payments to distributors of video games,” the senator said.
Senator Maria Cantwell
A statement that clearly, anyone who reads a couple of news about the industry will realize that this 98% is a fairly inaccurate percentage, also thinking that if it refers to Japan, in that market Nintendo has always had an important participation. So, most likely, all this is a new episode of a politician talking about things he doesn’t know, citing data that one of his advisers, equally inexperienced on the subject, gave him.
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