Lik-Sang sunk by Sony suits

Independent import game company to close after latest loss in court; PlayStation 3-maker calls accusations "sour grapes."

Hong Kong-based online gaming retailer Lik-Sang is closing down after Sony's latest court win against the company.

Sony recently hauled Lik-Sang to court for a second time, this time claiming it had infringed Sony trademarks, copyrights, and registered design rights by selling Japanese PSPs to European customers. Lik-Sang did not have legal representatives present at the hearing in London, and the judge found in favour of Sony.

Sony told GameSpot in a statement that it would be moving to block any other retailers who were involved in similar "grey importing" activities, and explained its actions were protecting European consumers "from being sold hardware that does not conform to strict European Union or UK consumer safety standards."

Lik-Sang responded by rebuffing these safety claims, and stated that all PSPs it sold contained genuine Sony 100V-240V AC adapters to deal with the voltage issue, and that the handhelds conformed to all EU and UK consumer safety regulations.

Pascal Clarysse, former marketing manager for Lik-Sang, said that the company made the decision to close as the court victory would set precedents for further cases against it. He said: "Today is Sony Europe's victory about the 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."

Effective immediately, Lik-Sang will not be accepting any new orders and will be cancelling and refunding all existing orders. It added that it would be doing its best to work with banks and PayPal to refund all store credits held by the company and handle pending returns and repairs. Any attempt to place orders on the site redirects visitors to its official statement of closure.

Lik-Sang also claimed that Sony Computer Entertainment Europe executives themselves had bought imported PSP goods from their company, and went on to name names. Clarysse said: "Sony Europe's very own top directors repeatedly got their Sony PSP hard or software imports in nicely packaged Lik-Sang parcels with free Lik-Sang mugs or Lik-Sang badge holders, starting just two days after Japan's official release, as early as December 14, 2004 (more than nine months earlier than the legal action)."

Clarysse added that the blame for the closure rests squarely on Sony's shoulders. "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 [in] the news, but everybody else in the gaming world lost something today."

[UPDATE] GameSpot asked Sony to respond to the developments, but spokespersons for the company had made no comment as of press time. However, in a statement given to British game-industry magazine MCV, the company took a defiant tone.

"Sony Computer Entertainment successfully sued Pacific Game Technology (Holding) Limited for infringing [on] our Intellectual Property rights," said Sony. "Lik Sang did not contest this case (ie. they did not turn up and therefore incurred no legal costs). We have been awarded substantial costs against Lik Sang which have not been paid. We would therefore strongly deny that our actions have had anything to do with this website closing (we assume the legal entity is still trading) and would suggest that this release is sour grapes on behalf of Lik Sang which is aimed to belittle Sony Computer Entertainment and the British judicial system that ruled against them."

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DrCruel
DrCruel

I'm not too sad to see Lik-Sang go - there's a need for their service, and if they are out of the picture someone else will inevitably fulfill that need in the future. Lik-Sang was a good company that didn't deserve such an end, but Sony was apparently within their legal rights to drive them into the ground. What this is more indicative of, for me, is how intensely short sighted Sony has been recently, and how little they seem to keep in touch with their customer base outside of Japan. This latest outrage is only one in a string of bone-headed decisions that have hurt Sony, perhaps critically. Nintendo, by contrast, has been able to sell cheaper, lower tech game gear in massive quantities by simply paying attention to customer interests and desires. I've never heard of Nintendo using similar hard-headed tactics to get their way - if anything, they bend over backwards to resolve customer complaints (like the free fixes for broken hinges on new DS Lites). If Sony keeps on making these bad business decisions, they'll soon follow Lik-Sang into bankruptcy. That's a shame, because many of their products are quite good.

dark_drag765
dark_drag765

This was just Sony Europe so dont say sony sucks

BrodiMan
BrodiMan

Was is this story still here? It happened over a month ago. If anyone still finds this as news then they must be living under a rock...

Squids-Ahoy
Squids-Ahoy

Laughing out loud whilst rolling on the floor, this is entertainment.

Psycho_Teen
Psycho_Teen

while their goes my white psp, sony you suck

skatersonik2009
skatersonik2009

RIP Lik Sang. You were very good to me. PS- Shame on you Sony, shame on you.

HarveyNorman
HarveyNorman

This sucks! in NZ we dont get all the titles that get released for the ps2, psp, nds etc and lik-sang was the only place i knew and trusted to get the games i wanted! I've been a supporter since day one...but i guess now my hard earned cash will just have to go to Nintendo & M$. Good job sony, u just lost 1 ( and soon to be more ) of ur die hard customers

dcgames
dcgames

Phony strikes again. This is just another in a long list of reasons why I don't have anything to do with their products. Go Nintendo!

Trogeton
Trogeton

Sony, is too strong to know there own good

Comply
Comply

I hate sony, M$ and Nintendo rock!

masterchief6380
masterchief6380

Wow, I used to like link-sang. I used to get stuff from them a lot back in the day. They always had the hard to find imports and stuff before they even came out. I also bought my PSP from them when it first came out. Sony sucks. Their like greedy communists. They just didnt want Link-Sang selling the jap. PS3 to the US before the official release date. Microsoft>Sony

ecno13
ecno13

Errrrrr How does one actually get introuble for selling stuff lol. wowza I am going to travel to HAPAN!!!(japan) and purchase a crap load of sony stuff to import then RESELL IT ALL IN AMERICANAASS! (america) Best idea ever. Sucks for Lik Sang..... knew alot of gamers who loved having that edge by getting imported consoles before everyone else did in the states.

azriaris
azriaris

Lik Sang sucks! They will overcharged you but did not state in the website. (i.e. % you have to pay for PayPal payment). Great job sony. Shut down this sucker!

sisonisak
sisonisak

"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." Lik-sangs final words :-(. sony really shot themselves in the face this time cause lik sang was one of the great sites of buying imported games and gaming supplies (most of it sony). stupid sony destroyed one of gamers most popular sites meaning they are ruthless and care nothing of the gamers but pure profit... well thats how you run a bussiness :-)

jumpman14
jumpman14

ahem.................. who cares

chickmagnet_1
chickmagnet_1

Hey Sony, you shut down LikSang, well you can LikmyBalls.

Louis_Routledge
Louis_Routledge

NintendoDS1 it is your fault for being clumsy and dropping it, not Sony's. You should have got insurance on it if you are that annoyed. Anyways, RIP Lik Sang, one of the most useful stores to ever exist.

chickmagnet_1
chickmagnet_1

NakedGlowX, PlayAsia, man, shut up. Do you want them to close them down too? Don't even name any other retailers. I must admit that I never shopped at Lik Sang, but I did hear of it, and they did seem to have some wonderful stuff. Really neat. Stuff you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. I live in the US. I saw some of the gashapon that they had. It was actually reviewed in an article on this very site. So you see, even Gamespot enjoyed some of what LikSang had to offer. I'm sure they were not too happy with its closing, or with the fact that it was Sony who closed their doors. You know, I'm really starting to hate this company.

NintendoDS1
NintendoDS1

That's it. I've completely had it with Sony now. First, they push SEGA out of the console business. Then they make a handheld that breaks from a 2-foot drop (I'd know, mine broke that way), then they slap a HUGE price on their PS3 and expect people to actually buy it without selling their frickin' house, and now they've labeled themselves as the stuck-up backstabbers of the gaming world because a respected import company was helping them make money in the wrong place!?!

nosobriety
nosobriety

i'm opening my own stores called lik-dis and lik-dees

Wakasenshi
Wakasenshi

I have order items from Lik-Sang in the past. Its sad to see them go. They had stuff you could not get in the UK. R.I.P dudes...

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

I love reading all these posts. It's very amusing. I get to see people who would most likely be the Rebellion, and the others who would join the Empire. Or, in the case of Sony, it would be more like the Nazi's and the Jews. Sorry guys, but Sony just pulled a really big load of crap out of their pants. This is Sony trying to make a statement to all other smaller companies that are doing the same thing. They want everyone to know that nothing will get in their way, and that they are just as big and powerful as M$. I'm sorry, and please do correct me if I'm wrong, but as far as video games go, it almost seems as if M$ more supports these kinds of things than shuts them down, you know, like Red vs Blue. If not that, at least they don't attack retailers with a 0.1% of income and profit in comparison. Well, that's just me, and like I said, correct me if I'm mistaker about M$ in terms of video games.

GatoFeo
GatoFeo

Sony why,man?? WHY????

NWA_31
NWA_31

They got owned. Good work Sony

baiums_inferno
baiums_inferno

wow... sony sure do suck. im gonna buy the PS3, but i'd rather pay my money to somebuddy else.

Newave
Newave

Serves liksang right for not playing by the rules. SONY owned them big time!

Sullivani
Sullivani

wow sony...way to pick on the little guy huh? its sad when they have to stoop to such a level that the little guy gets crushed cause you wanna cry foul...ugh

jayrgwapo2684
jayrgwapo2684

DAMN sony! "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."

Zonelezz
Zonelezz

man... sony.. wat did you do..

gam3r3OOO
gam3r3OOO

Why does Sony care? So Lik-Sang went out of business for selling some PSP from Japan to Europe. I am considering boycotting Sony just for this reason.

jmac777
jmac777

I miss lik sang already...they were a big help

evilyoda861
evilyoda861

Honestly lads...who really cares? Not like it will in any way effect your life.

Blackblade_Inc
Blackblade_Inc

I never even heard of this company before and from the looks of it pretty much no one, but europeans and hardcore gamers know about this. So I cant say that this is a big blow for Sony's PR if it was on headline news then yes, but gaming sites not so much. Anyways I find it funny you guys complain about Sony seuing someone when Microsoft does it all the time almost like a blood thirsty tyrant yet thier somehow justified. Plus PR obviously cant be a big problem Microsoft is probably the most hated company on Earth yet its also among the biggest and richest. Plus what lik sang was doing was illegal plain and simple. They deserve to be sue'd, but thats my opinion and quite frankly I dont give a **** what anyone thinks so have a nice day.

karnis
karnis

dammit now i can't get my usb snes controller adapter thanks sony i'm still getting a ps3 but thanks for f---ing with me

scat_man
scat_man

sony ..... dissapointeddd... how can they do this to LIK -SAng... itz a sad day for gamers around the world

PhillipsJ2
PhillipsJ2

God, Lik-Sang didn't even have legal representation, let alone a fair trial. What judge and jury would risk voting against $uch a large company as $ony?

iPodFish
iPodFish

another why I or nobody else should buy a PS3.....WOW sony killed it

stevensnewest
stevensnewest

WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!! :cry: DAMN YOU SONYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!! :evil: :evil:

DoubleDragon1
DoubleDragon1

Really amusing to hear Top Sony execs have partaked in all that Lik-Sang had to offer... Sony certainly has egg on their face now. They really are taking a hit in the PR these days.

darkprince510
darkprince510

**** u sony y couldnt u wait till i ordered the game naruto gnt4 then sue lik-sang!! great now i cant get the game!! i been wanting and planning 4 that momnet about 2-3 weeks of readin and watchin any info bout tat game and now i recieve an info tat lik-sang is close!!! dam u bastard if only u guys didnt release your game 2 late this wouldnt have happen right? every 1 would be satisfied

Austinsbud
Austinsbud

sony are talking crap its cause us europeans get ripped off for everything they blame tax but we payalmost double was ppl in us pay thats why there stopping EU to make money its why they sued lik sang... to make money thats all they care about they do not care about the consumers..

PyroKenshin
PyroKenshin

sony are full of **** if they dont want people to import they shouldnt **** release their consoles rediculously late here, and they shouldnt charge us rediculously high prices when they are released here. dicks.