Sony has admitted to the BBC
that its directors bought PSPs from Lik-Sang, the website which it recently had prosecuted for illegal importing.
The legal battle cost Lik-Sang so much the website had to cease trading, leaving thousands of customers around the world without their fix of imported gaming kit.
Lik-Sang said that:
"Sony Europe's very own top directors repeatedly got their Sony PSP hard or software imports in nicely packed 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 14 December 2004,"
"The purchasing of PSP consoles by SCE employees would be for investigatory purposes. We would also like to express our surprise at a company releasing personal information about its consumers."
Sony doesn't actually confirm
that the directors were actually
acting under investigation, only that it thinks they would have been. This looks decidedly non-commital to us - why wouldn't Sony 100% deny the claim or 100% clarify it rather than leaving the waters muddy?
The saga rolls out, but the net result is still the same - UK owners can forget about importing the PS3, since Lik-Sang competitor Play-Asia has now also cancelled PS3 pre-orders for British customers.
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