France’s national competition regulator, the Autorité de la concurrence, has fined Sony €13.5 million (approximately $14.8 million USD) for “abusing its dominant position” as the official manufacturer of PlayStation 4 controllers.
The company has been sanctioned for its aggressive methods of blocking counterfeit controllers through PS4 firmware updates, which also rendered other third-party gamepads inoperable.
Meanwhile, returning to the current console generation, Sony just announced it has sold over 50 million PS5 consoles. So this fine, like most others targeted at tech giants, is a mere drop in the bucket.
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