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European Commission: Our ‘Digital Single Market’ will strengthen the industry

The European Commission insists that its proposed Digital Single Market will open up the whole of Europe for games retailers. Among the proposals is a plan to end regional pricing, with online outlets such as Steam, the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live forced to maintain game prices across all countries …

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EC outlines plans to illegalise geo-blocking, enforce EU digital price parity

Europe’s 28 different national digital markets could be merged into one if new proposed reforms from the European Commission are made law. This would bring an end to price differences for digital purchases from the likes of Steam, PSN and Xbox Live in different European countries, forcing parity across regions. …

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EU report rules Apple’s tax breaks in Ireland are illegal

A new EU report has stated that tax deals struck between Apple and Ireland are illegal. The deals, inked in 1991 and 2007 between the tech firm and the country’s government, were examined as part of an investigation by the European Comission’s anti-trust authority into the wider question of unlawful …

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F2P games can no longer be listed as ‘free’ in Google Play Store

Google has altered the way in which it displays free-to-play game listings on the Google Play store following pressure from the European Commission. A host of titles such as Angry Birds and Dungeon Hunter 4 which were listed as ‘free’ last week now no longer carry a price tag – …

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EC approves UK video games tax breaks

Tax breaks for the UK video games industry are happening. The ‘will they won’t they?’ saga that has rumbled on for years has now been green lit, as previously confirmed by MCV last week. The European Commission has concluded that UK plans to grant certain tax relief to producers of …

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EC questions use of ‘free’ in ‘free-to-play’

The ability to advertise free-to-play titles as ‘free’ is under threat thanks to a new European Commission initiative. The EC is meeting with consumer groups in the UK, France and Italy and major market players such as Apple and Google to discuss consumer concerns regarding the F2P market. Chief amongst …

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UK video games tax breaks in doubt as European Commission launches investigation

Having gained approval in the March 2012 Budget, plans for UK tax breaks for video games developers are now in doubt. The European Commission (EC) has announced that it plans to investigate the proposals, questioning whether there is an obvious market failure in the UK games industry. Specifically, it is …

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DRM could become legally enforceable

The European Commission has revealed details of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which is designed to help combat piracy. The act has been shrouded in secrecy for years, but finally the European Commission has revealed a draft following threats of court action from the European Parliament. ACTA features several measures …

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Brussels calls on industry to fix age ratings

The European video games industry must work harder to protect young people from violent software, the European Commission has concluded. Following a survey of existing measures across the 27 EU Member States, the EC called for an official code of conduct over age classification to be drawn up within two …

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Antitrust officials raid Intel and DSG

It has emerged that that The European Commission has conducted antitrust raids on the offices of leading global chip maker Intel and Dixons and PC World owners DSG. To read the full story, head over the MCV’s sister site PC Retail.

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