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European Commission looking to remove regional barrier for digital content


The European Commission has announced plans to remove regional digital content in the EU, which could have a major effect on services such as Steam, Xbox LIVE and the PlayStation Network.

Currently these services offer regional portals for each location, sometimes for rights reasons , but more often than not to allow them to charge individual prices for each country, however the EU thinks this practice is wrong.

“Let us do away with all those fences and walls that block us online,” the Commission’s VP for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip said. “People must be able to freely go across borders online just as they do offline.



“Innovative businesses must be helped to grow across the EU, not remain locked into their home market. This will be an uphill struggle all the way, but we need an ambitious start. Europe should benefit fully from the digital age: better services, more participation and new jobs.”

Commissioner for the Digital Economy Günther Oettinger added: “Europe cannot be at the forefront of the digital revolution with a patchwork of 28 different rules for telecommunications services, copyright, IT security and data protection.

“We need a European market, which allows new business models to flourish, start-ups to grow and the industry to take advantage of the internet of things. And people have to invest too – in their IT-skills, be it in their job or their leisure time.

“Too many Europeans cannot use online services that are available in other EU countries, often without any justification; or they are re-routed to a local store with different prices. Such discrimination cannot exist in a Single Market.”

So what effect could this have? Well, perhaps for rights reasons a game may not be available in a certain country. If this is no individual store for each country then could this mean that the game will not be allowed to be sold at all? Also, Germany for instance often has games which have been censored, so does this mean that any game sold digitally would need to be censored in all of Europe? 

There are bonuses of course as the removal of restrictions could mean cheaper pricing for the UK.

What do you think?

Edited On 30 Mar, 2015

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jay.hamilton's avatar
jay.hamilton 2 years ago
yeah I'm ok with this lol
Loli-Nox-Tan's avatar
Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
Regional Pricing begone!
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Turniplord 2 years ago
I don't like this - they should keep the UK out of it because as above - Germany have banned games, so if they legally can't be sold there but there is no regional setting then what happens? they are forced to remove it off sale for everyone? or we get a green blood version or a censored version all because 1 countries laws are different? I agree they should do a like for like on pricing so 30 euros = the equivalent GBP rather than 30 euros = 30 pounds, but they need to keep the regional stores to allow censorship in certain countries. Obviously if that is the case though they will probably go with the highest countries price and give that all all not allowing you to shop around because literally everyone pays the same - so in turn it could turn out to be really bad.
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Turniplord 2 years ago
Plus in the UK our prices inclue the 20% VAT - not quite sure how that works with other regions but a lot of people forget that ours include tax when doing price comparisons. even paypal has started adding 20% if you buy from certain sites abroad to cover the tax you are bypassing!
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Danny_936 2 years ago
Fine by me, I've bought quite a lot of games digitally via the Xbox one from other countries, The last being Battlefield Hardline from Hungary for 11,900ft which converted to £28.
Turniplord's avatar
Turniplord 2 years ago
that's what i mean Danny - if this went through they could effectively say the base price is £49.99 for example and all other regions will be the equivalent but equal the the same amount. so no more getting games cheaper. because I doubt they will settle with letting everyone get the games for the lowest price
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Neil 2 years ago
Good, remove all region blocking and restrictions!
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Danny_936 2 years ago
@Turniplord Here's a site that tells you what region/country has the cheapest Xbox one digital game in GBP's, Just search for a game and off ya go. http://www.digitalgamesprices.com/xboxone.php
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
You do know it's not legal to buy digital games from other country's right? It's not illegal either. Our game prices are more cos we live in the 4th(ish) richest country in the world. If people keep buying games from different regions then Developers/Publishers will go ahead & impose more region restrictions on their titles or just outright revoke your access to the title if they see you used a code that was meant for another region

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