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Fortnite Players Could Receive Free Money in Settlement

Fortnite players in the United States have the opportunity to receive free money as part of a settlement reached between Epic Games, the creator of the popular video game, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC fined Epic Games $520 million, and a portion of that settlement, $245 million, will be used to refund customers for unwanted in-game purchases.

One of the main allegations made by the FTC was that Epic Games charged players for unwanted items using V-bucks, Fortnite's in-game currency. This settlement allows players to apply for a refund in real cash for any charges they incurred for unwanted in-game purchases. The deadline to apply for a payout is January 17, 2024.

The refund aims to assist parents whose children made unauthorized charges to their accounts through the game. In addition to the allegations of false charges, privacy concerns were also raised by the federal consumer protection agency. Previously, Fortnite's settings automatically enabled voice and text chat, raising concerns about children's data privacy. In response to the settlement, Fortnite made changes to its policies in December 2022.

To qualify for a refund, players must meet certain criteria. Players who were charged V-bucks for unwanted items between September 2017 and September 2022 are eligible to apply. Players under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian to apply on their behalf. Parents whose children made unauthorized charges between January 2017 and November 2018 are also eligible, as well as those whose accounts were locked after complaining to their bank about unauthorized charges between January 2017 and September 2022.

To file a claim, applicants will need either a claim number from the FTC or their Epic account ID. Claims can be submitted directly through the settlement website. It is worth noting that Fortnite accounts will not be affected by refund requests, ensuring that players can keep any purchased items involved in the settlement.

In addition to Epic Games, other companies such as Dude Wipes, Dole, and a shoe store are also offering refunds to their customers as part of class-action lawsuits or settlements. It's important for eligible individuals to take advantage of these opportunities before the deadlines expire.

Definitions:
– Epic Games: The creator of the popular video game Fortnite.
– Federal Trade Commission (FTC): A federal agency in the United States responsible for protecting consumers and promoting competition.

Sources:
– The original source article.