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Piracy doesn’t harm game sales, says EU Commission report

A new report by the European Commission came to the conclusion that piracy doesn’t have an negative impact on game sales. It’s actually quite the opposite, as it would actually increase game sales – though the report is based on data from 2014 so things have certainly evolved since then. …

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European Commission opens investigation into Valve over suspected anti-competitive geo-blocking practices

The European Commission has announced it will be launching an investigation into the bilateral agreements concluded between Valve and five PC game publishers over a suspected breach in EU antitrust rules. The Commission says it wants to investigate whether these companies are preventing consumers from purchasing digital content due to …

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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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EU accuses Google of abusing search monopoly

Google has broken European antitrust laws and as a result could be fined up to 10 per cent of its annual earnings, the European Commission has said. The search giant is accused of abusing its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services [in the EEA] by systematically …

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Euro Commission thinks Amazon’s tax arrangements could be illegal

The antitrust regulators investigating Amazon’s tax agreements with Luxembourg believe the decade-long arrangement may be incompatible with free market rules. An investigation into Amazon’s tax terms with Luxembourg was established in October, following a period of prolonged negative publicity for Amazon (and others, such as Apple and Starbucks) concerning the …

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MP Ed Vaizey hails UKIE after tax breaks success

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey says UKIE deserves credit for securing tax breaks for UK games developers. The MP’s comments came in response to a question about a press release from rival trade body TIGA, which took credit for securing the tax breaks. Tax relief for UK games developers were confirmed …

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Now Evening Standard says Tax Breaks announcement is this week

Tax breaks for UK games studios will be announced this week, says The Evening Standard. The newspaper’s report follows our own article last week, which revealed the tax breaks have been given the go-ahead despite not receiving an announcement at the Budget. The only news in the Budget about tax …

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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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Euro customs officials seize PS3s in Blu-ray dispute

Shipments of PS3 consoles have been seized by European customs officers as an LG injunction against Blu-ray technology seeks to block Sony products from sale, according to a report in The Guardian this afternoon. Earlier this month, LG had filed a claim with the International Trade Commission calling for a …

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Judge reduces £134m Nintendo fine

Nintendo’s infamous 134 million penalty for price-rigging throughout the 1990s has been reduced by some 27 million following an EU court ruling. In 2002 the European Commission fined Nintendo 134 million for breaching continental fair competition rules. The platform holder was found to be illicitly working with several distributors – …

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