The British supervisory authority is closing the investigation into online games, as Sony, Nintendo promise

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The British competition regulator has provided promises from Japan’s Sony and Nintendo on the rules for renewing subscriptions to their online gaming services, ending a three-year investigation into the sector.

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation against Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft in 2019 to check whether their rollover contracts are fair to customers in the UK.

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The CMA said on Wednesday it had made commitments to Sony’s PlayStation Plus and online service Nintendo Switch, months after Microsoft made similar promises about its Xbox services.

Sony has agreed on measures to prevent customers from paying for its services when they have not used it for a long time, the CMA said, and the Nintendo Switch online service is no longer sold with automatic renewal as a default option.

PlayStation Plus services start at £ 6.99 ($ ​​9.1) a month in the UK, while Nintendo Switch Online is available for £ 3.49.

Sony and Nintendo did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment on CMA commitments.

($ 1 = £ 0.7688) (Report from Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru; Edited by Devika Syamnath)