Hong Kong based export games retailer Lik-Sang have announced that they are to close with immediate effect, and have blamed multiple lawsuits by Sony as the reason for their demise.

Statement on Lik-Sang.com

Sony's recent High Court judgement saw a ban being placed on Lik-Sang from selling Sony PSP consoles from Asia to European customers, in an attempt to kill off grey imports of Sony products, and a statement posted on the Lik Sang website states that "Lik-Sang.com will not be in the position to accept any new orders and will cancel and refund all existing orders that have already been placed".

The notice claims that Sony have taken the action to "protect consumers from being sold hardware that does not conform to strict EU or UK consumer safety standards, due to voltage supply differences" - a claim dismissed by Lik Sang who argue that orders were shipped with suitable UK adapters carrying the required safety marks.

Sony also point out that non-European models of the forthcoming PlayStation 3 console will not play European Blu-Ray movies or DVDs; and will not be covered by warranty if anything were to go wrong with the hardware.

Lik-Sang make a further dig at Sony in the closing lines of their statement, where they tell customers to "Blame it on Sony. That's the latest dark spot in their shameful track record as gaming industry leader". No doubt with the recent delay of the European launch of PlayStation 3, many irate gamers will do just that.

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