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Sony Reportedly Outlines Plans To Ban Shovelware & Easy Platinum Games On PS Store

According to a developer letter distributed by Sony, all shovelware, deskilled games and easy Platinum Trophy releases on the PlayStation Store are to be delisted or banned outright.

The later, which was sent to Dex.Exe by an anonymous source, outlines the format holder’s plans to clamp down on spam-related content flooding the PS Store. This includes:

Products whose functionality and/or assets are copied or are not meaningfully different from products already published on PlayStation™Store, irrespective of the publisher of record.

Multiple concepts and product variants, published by individual partners, that have duplicative functionality or experiences, differentiated only by minor variances of functionality or assets.

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The letter goes on to add:

Content or partners found to have breached policy may be subject to the following enforcement actions:

  • Content Excluded from PlayStation™Store Merchandising
  • Discoverability on PlayStation™Store is restricted.
  • Content does not feature in automatic merchandising placements, such as the “New Releases” strand.
  • Content Delisted from PlayStation™Store
  • Content is not searchable and can only be accessed via direct link on web and mobile stores.
  • Impact on CertOps Process
  • Content is not permitted to proceed to publication until policy violations are rectified.
  • Review slot availability is affected.
  • Content Takedown
  • Content is removed from PlayStation™Store until policy violations are rectified.
  • PlayStation®Partners Account Suspension or Termination
  • Multiple rejections or takedowns may result in the suspension or eventual termination of a partner’s PlayStation Partners account.
  • Suspension limits the ability to submit and publish new content. Existing published content can remain on PlayStation™Store, if that content complies with SIE policies.
  • Termination of an account results in the removal of all content from PlayStation™Store.