The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has initiated the process of notifying more than 37 million people that they may be eligible for compensation from a settlement with Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite. The FTC alleged that Epic Games used deceptive design tactics that encouraged players to make unwanted in-game purchases and made it easy for children to make unauthorized charges without parental consent.
To be eligible for a refund, individuals must meet certain criteria, including being 18 years or older or having a parent or guardian complete the refund form. Eligibility criteria include:
Being charged in-game currency for unwanted items.
Having a child charge game items to your credit card without your knowledge.
Having your account locked after disputing wrongful charges with your credit card company.
Refund recipients can apply on the FTC’s website with their claim number and Epic Account ID. The deadline for applying is January 17, 2024. The specific refund amounts will depend on various factors, including the number of people filing claims.
In total, Epic Games agreed to pay $245 million to consumers as part of the settlement with the FTC, which was finalized in March. Additionally, Epic will pay a $275 million penalty for alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule. The settlement also includes provisions prohibiting deceptive practices and blocking consumers from their accounts in cases of disputed unauthorized charges.
Epic Games accepted the agreement to enhance consumer protection and provide a better experience for players, according to a blog post at the time of the initial settlement announcement.
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