Thanks to Sony, Lik-Sang Closes Shop

lik_sang.jpgRecently Lik-Sang, a gaming retailer from Hong Kong which exported titles around the globe, felt pressure from Sony when the High Court of London ruled in Sony’s favor in a recent lawsuit. Sony claimed that Lik-Sang infringed on its trademarks by selling Sony PSP units from Asia to European customers, to which the London court agreed and ruled these sales as unlawful.

Today we received a press release directly from Lik-Sang (which is also posted here on their site), informing us that they would no longer be taking any new orders and are working with PayPal and other banks to refund money as quickly as possible.

“Today is Sony Europe victory about PSP, tomorrow is Sony Europe’s ongoing pressure about PlayStation 3. With this precedent set, next week could already be the stage for complaints from Sony America about the same thing, or from other console manufacturers about other consoles to other regions, or even from any publisher about any specific software title to any country they don’t see fit. It’s the beginning of the end… of the World as we know it”, stated Pascal Clarysse, formerly known as the Marketing Manager of Lik-Sang.com.

“Blame it on Sony. That’s the latest dark spot in their shameful track record as gaming industry leader. The Empire finally ‘won’, few dominating retailers from the UK probably will rejoice the news, but everybody else in the gaming world lost something today.”

Due to Sony’s delay of the PS3 in Europe, I’m sure many gamers there were looking to Lik-Sang to provide them with their units a little earlier than sometime in 2007. Unfortunately it seems that Sony has gotten the upper hand in this battle and Europeans will simply have to wait until production shipments increase.

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Having over 25 years of gaming experience, Zach knows a thing or two when it comes to one of his favorite entertainment activities. Additionally, he has also written many articles previewing and reviewing titles which can be found in various places around the net, including VGBlogger.com.