Lik-Sang Forced To Close, Blames Sony's Lawsuits and Black Heart

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Lawyers ruin all the fun. Lik-Sang, the world-renowed importer of all things video game, has closed up shop for good. Guess who's to blame? Our good friends at Sony, that's who. Feeling the pressure from the legal threats Sony has been shooting across its bow recently (like threatening to unleash Hell if Lik-Sang sold imported PS3s into Europe before its official launch there), Lik-Sang decided to close once and for all. Yet another Web site consigned to the dustbin of history ($1 to Pat Buchanan). As expected, all orders have been canceled and will be refunded ASAP. There's a really gnarly catch, however: Lik-Sang named names. High-ranking guys over at Sony apparently used to online importer to nab some goods, too. To see what Sony execs are (allegedly) hypocrites, click through the jump.

Furthermore, Sony have failed to disclose to the London High Court that not only the world wide gaming community in more than 100 countries relied on Lik-Sang for their gaming needs, but also 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 14th of December 2004 (more than nine months earlier than the legal action). The list of PSP related Sony Europe orders reads like the who's who of the videogames industry, and includes Ray Maguire (Managing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Alan Duncan (UK Marketing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Chris Sorrell (Creative Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Rob Parkin (Development Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited), just to name a few.


Bad ass, Lik-Sang. You will be missed. Thanks again, Sony. We love ya!

Important Notice: Out of Business due to Multiple Sony Lawsuits [ via The Register]

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I, well used to now, work for Lik-Sang as one of their two news writers and PR staffers. Thanks for all the supportive comments here! Looking at the news about this all over the internet, gamers are saying the same thing, it's quite touching!

Thanks jarroll too, that's right about the many law-suits. They went a very specific way to ensure that millions would have to be spent just on defense. Plus what's to stop Microsoft and Nintendo from joining in? Then EA, Capcom etc. Or maybe they aren't as sleazy as Sony.

Just about Play-Asia though, that's a store founded by one of the two ex-Lik-Sang founders, who at first mention of the old Flash Carts lawsuit against Lik-Sang, took lots of money and ran. As far as I know he can't return to his home country because he's wanted for tax evasion and well, I just hope if you keep importing, you might try other stores like:

It's sad to see Sony have such total lack of respect for their customers, not just because of these events, but their comments about the PS3 isn't expensive enough, how you should work more to get it, how European's don't mind waiting and such. Here's hoping they crash and burn sooner rather than later.