European PSN Cards are pretty much universally wanted by everyone; people who don’t own credit/debit cards, those under 16/18 who would like to buy more downloads than their parents allow them to, even people like myself whose partners pay a little bit too much attention to bank statements and how much I spend on the PSN Store would like the opportunity to spend my pocket change on more PSN purchases.
Retailers would also love to benefit from the tiny amount of revenue opportunity that PSN Cards could bring, but would also probably be able to benefit from the footfall in other ways through accessory sales or other in store promotions. I’m pretty sure that even SCEE will be able to benefit from an increase in revenues.
So it was with some excitement that I saw a post in our forum over the weekend from ‘Flexxible’ with the title EU PSN Cards Are Here, stating they had seen a Dutch website [psncode.nl] selling European PSN Cards, but being the weekend there was a period of time where the news couldn’t be either confirmed or denied. Had the roll out started, was it the start of a limited trial?
It turned out to be none of those things as with the help of Google Translate it was found to actually be selling PSN accounts pre-loaded with either €20 or €50 credit, disappointing.
I’m sure SCEE will frown on this or even take action to stop them doing it, but I believe they should be asking themselves why their customers have to go to such lengths to plug the gaps in the services they offer. The last we heard about the lack of EU PSN Cards was that the tax implications across the various countries made it too complicated a proposition to offer. Microsoft and Nintendo obviously don’t have a problem with this so perhaps there is another reason.
Whatever the reason is not having EU PSN Cards doesn’t seem to benefit anyone, lets us know what you think in the comments below.