Sony: PlayStation Network users must not file class action lawsuits

New terms and conditions protect Sony from gamers' wrath

Sony has introduced a paragraph in its terms and conditions which prevents PSN users from suing them. The controversial move follows a legal battle with scores of PSN users suing the Japanese corporation after hackers made off with their personal information

There's a sinister surprise lurking in the new terms and conditions for Sony's PlayStation network. In accepting the latest T&Cs when signing in on their PS3s, users are waiving their rights to join a class action lawsuit against the company at any time in the future over security breaches.

The new agreement leaves PlayStation gamers in a bind: if you want to log in to the PSN to play games online or use the store, you'll have to agree to the terms. If your plans for the future involve buddying up and suing Sony, your PlayStation will have to remain offline.

According to the new agreement, "any Dispute Resolution Proceedings, whether in arbitration or court, will be conducted only on an individual basis and not in a class or representative action or as a named or unnamed member in a class, consolidated, representative or private attorney general action."

Sony has had a troubled year so far, with hackers targeting its PlayStation network back in April and making off with millions of username and password combinations. Sony responded by shutting down the PlayStation Network and advising gamers to change their credit card information, but are still facing a class action lawsuit by irked gamers that could reportedly cost the company billions of dollars.