Get your Fortnite refund! Epic Games is shelling out $245 million to settle with FTC. Find out how you can claim your piece of the pie
Fortnite players, it's time to get your game on and cash in! Millions of gamers can now dive into a massive $245 million settlement pool, courtesy of Epic Games, the parent company behind the beloved multiplayer sensation.
The windfall follows Epic Games' agreement with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in December to resolve allegations of deceptive practices that led to unwanted in-game purchases, especially among younger players.
Epic Games' FTC Settlement: A deep dive
In December, Epic Games came under the FTC's scrutiny, and boy, did it get real! The FTC alleged that Epic Games used sly tactics that led players, especially kids and teens, to unintentionally spend their hard-earned cash in Fortnite. Not cool, right? As part of this massive $520 million settlement, Epic Games agreed to pay $245 million in refunds to players who were allegedly misled by the game's user interface design choices.
The FTC accused Epic Games of using "dark patterns" and deceptive practices, those sneaky design tricks that lure you into making unwanted purchases. They also made it too easy for youngsters to rack up charges without getting a parental nod. Naughty, naughty!
How to claim your Fortnite refund
Now, here's the part you've all been waiting for—how to get your share of that $245 million pie. The FTC is already on it, notifying users who could be eligible for these refunds. Keep an eye on your inbox over the next month; there might be an email from the FTC with a claim number just for you. Alternatively, you can visit the settlement site and file a claim using your Epic account ID.
So, who's eligible? If you were charged in-game currency for items you never asked for between January 2017 and September 2022, if your kids went on a Fortnite spending spree between January 2017 and November 2018, or if your account was mysteriously locked after complaining to your credit card company about those unwanted charges, you're in! But remember, you've got until January 17, 2024, to submit your claim.
As for the exact payout amounts, well, that's still a mystery. But hey, it's like finding V-Bucks under your virtual pillow—you won't know until you check!
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