Million fine against Nintendo and suppliers by the EU Commission
The EU Commission has imposed a fine of 149 million euros on the Japanese video game manufacturer Nintendo. The reason for this is that Nintendo is said to have kept prices artificially high in certain countries.
According to the EU Commission, exports from countries with cheaper prices to countries with higher prices were demonstrably prevented by Nintendo. Furthermore, dealers were put under pressure, so that, for example, the prices of Nintendo games in Great Britain were ultimately 65 percent cheaper than in Germany or the Netherlands. The competition commissioner Mario Monti, who is now quite well known for his hefty penalties, said that the commission would not allow such things. 'Consumers are entitled to a cheap offer', which is why seven suppliers are asked to pay 18.8 million euros.