WHY IS MICROSOFT VIOLATING GEO BLOCKING by releaing games only in some EU regions when it...

Discus and support WHY IS MICROSOFT VIOLATING GEO BLOCKING by releaing games only in some EU regions when it... in XBoX Sales and Promo to solve the problem; https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/policies/geoblocking Geo-blocking and other geographically-based restrictions undermine online shopping... Discussion in 'XBoX Sales and Promo' started by TannicJeans5929, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. WHY IS MICROSOFT VIOLATING GEO BLOCKING by releaing games only in some EU regions when it...


    https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/policies/geoblocking

    Geo-blocking and other geographically-based restrictions undermine online shopping and cross-border sales. Regulation 2018/302 of 28 February 2018 will set an end to unjustified geoblocking. The Regulation will start applying as of 3 December 2018.

    Geo-blocking and other geographically-based restrictions undermine online shopping and cross-border sales
    by limiting the possibility for consumers and businesses to benefit from the advantages of online commerce. The problem equally affects consumers and businesses as end users of products and services and exists both in the online environment and in real-world
    situations.

    The regulation on geoblocking is part of a series of
    new rules on e-commerce
    aimed at boosting cross border online sales in the EU, both for the benefit of the consumer, who will have more choice and more guarantees when buying, and for the online sellers.

    What is geo-blocking?
    Online sellers apply barriers and impose restrictions to consumers on the basis of their nationality or place of residence. Some examples are:

    • blocking access to websites across borders;
    • denying the possibility to complete an order, to purchase goods or to download content when accessing a website from abroad;
    • denying delivery or shipment across border;
    • providing different prices and conditions depending on nationality, country of residence or location of the customer.
    There might be justified reasons for traders not to sell cross-border, such as the need to register at the tax authority in the country of destination, higher shipping costs or costs arising from the application of foreign consumer law. While outside barriers
    create additional complications and extra costs for the trader, differences in the treatment of customers are based on objective criteria.

    However, discrimination between EU customers based on the desire to segment markets along national borders, in order to increase profits to the detriment of foreign customers, is considered as unjustified geoblocking.

    The regulation
    The regulation on addressing unjustified geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers' nationality, place of residence or place of establishment within the internal market defines three specific situations when there can be no justified
    reasons for geo-blocking or other discriminations based on nationality, residence or location:

    • The sale of goods without physical delivery. Example: A Belgian customer wishes to buy a refrigerator and finds the best deal on a German website. The customer will be entitled to order the product and collect it at the trader's premises
      or organise delivery himself to his home.
    • The sale of electronically supplied services. Example: A Bulgarian consumer wishes to buy hosting services for her website from a Spanish company. She will now have access to the service, can register and buy this service without having
      to pay additional fees compared to a Spanish consumer.
    • The sale of services provided in a specific physical location. Example: An Italian family visits a French theme park and wishes to take advantage of a family discount on the price of the entry tickets. The discounted price will be available
      for the Italian family.
    This
    regulation
    was part of an e-commerce package together with a legislative proposal on cross-border parcel delivery services and a legislative proposal to strengthen enforcement of consumers' rights.

    Other elements of the regulation
    Furthermore, the proposal bans blocking of access to websites and the use of automatic re-routing if the customer has not given prior consent.

    The regulation also provides for a non-discrimination rule in payments. While traders remain free to offer whatever payment means they want, the regulation includes a specific provision on non-discrimination within those payment means.

    The regulation does not impose an obligation to sell and does not harmonise prices. It does however address discrimination in access to goods and services in cases where it cannot be objectively justified (e.g. by VAT obligations or different legal requirements).

    Timeline of the regulation
    The Regulation entered into force on 22nd March 2018 and applies from 3rd December 2018, nine months after the

    publication of the Regulation in the EU Official Journal
    , to allow in particular small traders to adapt.

    For better understanding of the regulation, the Commission issued a
    detailed Questions & Answers
    document and a

    MEMO
    .

    Within two years after the entry into force of the new rules, the Commission will carry out a first evaluation of their impact on the internal market. The Commission will also include in its evaluation an assessment of the scope of the Regulation, including
    of the possible application of the new rules to certain electronically supplied services which offer copyright-protected content such as music, e-books, software and online games, as well as of services in sectors such as transport and audio-visual.

    Useful links
    Implementation of Geoblocking by Member States

    Implementation of Geoblocking by Member States

    Click on one of the Member States displayed in the map to see the state of play of implementation of the Geoblocking regulation in that country.

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  2. Njal the Blue Win User

    WHY IS MICROSOFT VIOLATING GEO BLOCKING by releaing games only in some EU regions when it needs to release it as in one market, it should comply from 3rd December 2019

    As previously suggested to you. This should be taken up with Microsoft Legal, as nobody on the forums can or has the ability to do anything about this. There is probably a good reason why these games are not available in your Country but available in other
    European Countries. I would also suggest that you pertition your local politicians and government as to why there are restrictions in place.
  3. Onyx Is Here Win User

    WHY IS MICROSOFT VIOLATING GEO BLOCKING by releaing games only in some EU regions when it needs to release it as in one market, it should comply from 3rd December 2019

    All the advice you have been given is valid and accurate. As far as where, how and on what platforms a game is available for you would really need to speak with the game's developers and publishers
  4. ArminatorX Win User

    WHY IS MICROSOFT VIOLATING GEO BLOCKING by releaing games only in some EU regions when it needs to release it as in one market, it should comply from 3rd December 2019

    It is not ok . I pay for Gold membership and they do not provide many XBOX 360 games that are completelly available in Austria, Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary, but not available in Slovakia.They offer much cheaper unworthy alternatives instead.
    This happens when a game is not rated or is otherwise "banned" in your country because of excessive violence or whatever reason your local government has to prevent sales of the game.

    This is then not a violation of the EU right, as your country's laws forbid the individual content.

    If you get a "cheaper unworthy" alternative, then this is your own subjective opinion about the content.
  5. TannicJeans5929 Win User

    WHY IS MICROSOFT VIOLATING GEO BLOCKING by releaing games only in some EU regions when it needs to release it as in one market, it should comply from 3rd December 2019

    It is not ok . I pay for Gold membership and they do not provide many XBOX 360 games that are completelly available in Austria, Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary, but not available in Slovakia.They offer much cheaper unworthy alternatives instead.
  6. yobrizo Win User

    WHY IS MICROSOFT VIOLATING GEO BLOCKING by releaing games only in some EU regions when it needs to release it as in one market, it should comply from 3rd December 2019

    its no ok. same price and same posibility of buying by the european consumer. restriccions is no posible with the new normative
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