The Brazilian Government is beginning to understand the weight of how gaming is disrupted in their nation. The Sao Paulo Court of Justice implemented legislative orders that eliminate monopoly directives of the Sony Computer Entertainment Company. Those laws were enacted after reports indicated PlayStation was blocking users from entering their PS5 consoles, from even turning the system on. Sao Paulo’s Court of Justice determined that Sony violated consumer’s terms of service by blocking councils. Subsequently, Sony has been ordered to unblock those consoles or face prominent fines.
PlayStation fought back towards accusations made by games, notifying that they themselves had broken the Terms of Service for consoles by illegally accessing streaming services via VPNs. Accounts being banned is the standard method of punishment for breaking the Terms of Service. However, eliminating gamers from accessing a console that costs $500.00 in USD is inexcusable. Reports first indicated that Digital Editions of the PS5 were exclusively facing permanent bans, with additional information confirming that Disc Editions were also being affected. All reports notify that consoles stopped working & cannot be used for any purpose other than paperweights.
Reporting agencies from Brazil like Metropolis emphasised that Sony Computer Entertainment hadn’t contacted Netflix for the imposed violations, which SCE is legally required to comply with before implementing any punishments. This provides Netflix the opportunity to terminate accounts themselves. Sony deciding to permanently brick consoles for breaking Terms of Service which doesn’t affect their operations is unforgivable.
Individuals familiar with the mindset Sony & PlayStation sustain towards Brazil aren’t surprised by this announcement. For years, console manufacturers like Sony and Microsoft have avoided the Brazilian market. That’s because consumers in Brazil aren’t willing to exclusively operate those consoles, with the gaming industry flooded with an array of gaming products. Sony & Microsoft deem the Brazilian market as “Over-Saturated”. It basically means their avoiding competition began neither corporate entity can offer consoles for minimal prices like Brazilian or Chinese manufacturers.