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PlayStation owners could be owed up to £500 if they bought games before 2022

PlayStation owners could be owed up to £500 if they bought games before 2022

A new lawsuit claims Sony 'abused its dominant position' to charge extortionate prices

Listen up gamers, if you purchased any PlayStation game or add-on content between August 2016 and August 2022, you could be quids in.

Similar to Martin Lewis' car insurance warning, customers could be in for a payout after a $7.9 billion lawsuit claimed Sony has been ripping off PlayStation customers.

Read on to find out why Sony is being sued, how much you could be owed and how to claim.

If you bought a PlayStation 5, you might be entitled to cash.

Why is Sony being sued?

The new lawsuit was filed by Alex Neill, who believes that the prices of the PlayStation Store between 2016 and 2022 were extortionate, and an abuse of the company’s standing in the gaming industry.

She claims requiring digital games and add-ons to be bought through the PlayStation Store, which charges a 30 percent commission, allowed the gaming giant to charge more.

Sony tried to brush the legal action off and called the case 'flawed from start to finish', however the company will now need to defend itself in court after the case was accepted.

According to website PlayStation You Owe Us, which was set up to provide information about the claim: “In the UK, it is illegal for companies to abuse their dominant position.

PlayStation customers could be due a payout.
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“This includes directly or indirectly imposing unfair purchase or selling prices or other unfair trading conditions.

“We believe that PlayStation occupies a dominant position in relation to the digital distribution of PlayStation games and in-game content and that it has been unfairly charging its UK customers too much for digital games and in-game content purchased through the PlayStation Store.”

How much could you be owed?

If you bought digital games or add-ons via the PlayStation Store between 19 August and 19 August 2022, you could be due some cash if the lawsuit is successful.

How much you'll receive depends on how much you spent on PlayStation content.

PlayStation You Owe Us estimates that if the claim is successful, Sony will have to pay between £0.6bn and £5bn in damages.

Individuals could be paid between £67 and £562.

A consumer advocate website details how customers can claim their money.

What do you have to do to claim?

The good news is you have to do absolutely nothing to be in with a chance of a payout - the case is opt-out rather than opt-in.

That means 'anyone who purchased digital games or add-on content via the PlayStation Store between 19 August 2016 to 19 August 2022' is automatically included in the suit.

However, PlayStation You Owe Us warned the case could take 'several years', and of course it isn't guaranteed there will be a payout.

So don't get your hopes up too much.

LADbible has reached out to Sony for a comment.

Featured Image Credit: Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images/Warner Bros

Topics: Sony, PlayStation 5, PlayStation, Gaming, Money