Epic Games To Pay A $26.5 Million Settlement
Epic Games, creator of the popular game Fortnite, will pay out a settlement amounting to $26.5 million due to allegations that the company manipulates its young players to make purchases in the game.
The lead plaintiff, Jillian Williams, filed the lawsuit.
According to the plaintiff, the game Fortnite deceives children into buying items in the game. The lawsuit alleges that young audiences do not understand the real costs of the things they are buying.
The lawsuit adds that the game misleadingly uses an in-game currency called “V-bucks” to misguide players of the actual cost of the purchases they make.
The plaintiff asserts that the use of virtual currency to make in-game purchases can be called a “money illusion” since players will not know the actual worth of what they are buying.
The lawsuit also argues that the game saved debit or credit card details, making it easy for their players, particularly their younger users, to make in-game purchases with just a click.
The Class Settlement
Epic Games has not acknowledged any of the charges made against them. The company believes that they did not commit any misconduct.
The company has not been charged as guilty in court. However, in February 2021, a judge granted preliminary approval of the lawsuit claims amounting to a $26.5 million settlement.
According to the settlement terms, eligible class members may be compensated with $50. They may also get credits in Fornite or Rocket League.
The company has already started funding accounts of multiple players on February 21, 2021.
It was reported that various players from the United States received 1,000 V-bucks credits in their Fortnite or Rocket League account.
Players who received credits are those who purchase random loot boxes in the game. Since they were already compensated, they will no longer need to file claims.
Class Member Eligibility
Individuals who meet the following criteria are eligible to make claims:
- Individuals residing in the United States who have a Fortnite or Rocket League account from July 1, 2015, to February 25, 2021.
- The individual has used the account to play the game and used virtual currency to make any in-game purchases, and who believes that the purchases have damaged them in any way.
Class members who would like to make claims can be compensated thru cash or game credits.
- If the class member chose cash, they would be compensated with an amount of $50.
- If the class member chose digital payments, their Fortnite or Rocket League account would be credited with up to 13,5000 V-bucks.
For minor players, their legal guardians may be compensated with an amount of $50 under the following conditions:
- The minor made an in-game purchase without their knowledge.
- The legal guardian will terminate the minor’s Epic Game accounts.
The class members whose claims are below $25 will be compensated with the full amount in cash.
For class members whose claims are above $25, their compensation will be determined by the following rules:
- A base payment of $25 and an addition of half the total amount exceeding $25,
- The maximum amount that any individual can claim is $50.
The following deadlines have been set regarding the settlement:
- The deadline for filing an exclusion as a class member is on April 12, 2021.
- The deadline for filing objections is on April 12, 2021.
- The deadline for filing claims is on April 26, 2021.
- The final hearing is on May 6, 2021.
Editor’s Note on Epic Games Fortnite Class Settlement Details:
This article is published to inform you of the latest details regarding the Epic Games Settlement.
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