After reaching a settlement following a class action lawsuit regarding random loot boxes, Epic Games has revealed that it will award in-game money to affected players from both Fortnite and Rocket League.
According to the website details of a settlement for the case, the lawsuit alleges that “Epic Games violated state consumer protection laws, prevented minors from exercising their contractual rights to challenge, and negligently misrepresented the value of their in-game items. in relation to Fortnite and Rocket League Video Games “. (thanks Eurogamer).
Epic has denied “any and all allegations of wrongdoing, liability and damages stated in the Action,” and has also denied that the Action “would be appropriate for collective treatment” if the matter were to continue to trial. Instead, “to avoid the time, expense and uncertainty of litigation,” the Court has granted preliminary approval of the settlement detailed on the website.
So what does this mean for gamers? Well, Epic says that any Fortnite: Save the World player who has purchased a random item Loot Llama loot box will automatically receive 1,000 V-Bucks to their account. Similarly, 1,000 credits will be awarded to any Rocket League player who has purchased a box of random items (both items have been removed from their respective games). The compensation will be added to all affected accounts globally in the coming days.
The settlement website also allows US players to submit a claim form for additional benefits if they believe their purchase “gives rise to a claim for consumer fraud, breach of contract, or other claim for damages”, or if they “wish to obtain a partial refund for a purchase made as a minor.” Epic has set aside $ 26.5 million to address these claims.