Fortnite Developer Offers Monetary Compensation to Victims of Unfair Practices
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has successfully resolved complaints with Epic Games, the creator of the popular battle royale game Fortnite, and is offering monetary compensation to users who have been affected by the developer’s unfair practices. Epic Games has paid a fine of $520 million, including $245 million for the use of so-called “dark patterns” in its interface.
On a dedicated page on the FTC website, users affected by Fortnite’s practices can now apply for compensation if they meet any of the following conditions:
- Between January 2017 and September 2022, in-game currency was deducted from your account for unwanted in-game items.
- Between January 2017 and November 2018, your child made unauthorized charges to your card.
- Between January 2017 and September 2022, your game account was blocked after a complaint from a credit card issuer about unauthorized charges.
The consumer submitting the form on the website must be at least 18 years old; otherwise, a parent or legal representative should file the claim. The form requires the FTC claim number or Epic Games account identifier. The deadline for submitting compensation claims is January 17, 2024. The FTC has not yet specified the payout timeline, and the amount will depend on various factors, including the number of claims filed.
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