News business Fortnite: Epic Games Distributes V-Bucks In Response To Loot Box Class Action
Facing a class action lawsuit in the United States, Epic Games decided to distribute virtual currency to Fortnite and Rocket League players who have purchased Random Loot Crates in the past.
Both titles featured loot boxes before Epic Games adopted a more transparent system that lets players know ahead of time that they’re buying, namely the Item Shop and X-Ray Llamas for Fortnite, and the Blueprint System. for Rocket League.
Epic Games spoke to Fortnite players in a statement :
Whether or not you’ve been a fan of Random Loot Llamas (from Save the World mode), we’ve decided to hand out 1,000 V-Bucks to everyone who bought them, in reaction to the preliminary validation of the deal. resolution of a class action. If the latter only concerns players located in the United States, we have decided to share it with those around the world. You don’t need to do anything: you should be receiving your V-bucks within a few days.
Same thing for Rocket League, under the tutelage of Epic Games since the acquisition of the studio Psyonix in May 2019: “Anyone who bought an event crate or a key used to open a crate will receive 1000 credits (…) in the coming days”, indicates the communicated.
The class action lawsuit facing Epic Games alleges the company “violated state consumer protection laws and negligently misrepresented the value of Fortnite and Rocket League in-game items”. For its part, Epic Games “denies all allegations of wrongdoing, liability and damages”.
Nonetheless, Epic and the Complainants “have determined that it is in their best interests to resolve this matter in order to avoid the expense and uncertainty associated with the litigation.” The proposed resolution of the class action therefore includes this distribution of virtual currency for players around the world, while American players who believe they have suffered harm will be able to receive up to $ 50, 13,500 V-Bucks or 13,000 Rocket League credits in filing a claim on this dedicated site. In total, Epic Games has agreed to make $ 26.5 million available for plaintiffs whose claims will be approved and to cover administrative and legal fees. A final hearing is scheduled for May to wrap up this case.
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By Clementoss, Writing Aroged.com