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Fortnite Players Eligible for Refunds Following FTC Settlement

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has launched a webpage allowing eligible Fortnite players to receive refunds as part of a settlement between the FTC and Epic Games. This comes after allegations that the video game company violated the Children's Online Privacy Act (COPPA) by using design tricks to deceive players into making unintended purchases.

Under the settlement, Epic Games agreed to pay $245 million, making it the largest refund amount in a gaming case and the largest administrative order in the FTC's history. The FTC also mandated that Epic Games implement strong privacy default settings for children and teens, including turning off voice and text communications by default.

To be eligible for a refund, players must fall into one of three categories: those who were charged in-game currency for items they didn't want between January 2017 and September 2022, those whose children made unauthorized charges to their credit cards between January 2017 and November 2018, and those whose accounts were locked between January 2017 and September 2022 after reporting wrongful charges to their credit card companies.

The specific amount of each refund is yet to be determined and will depend on the number of claims filed. The FTC has not provided a timeline for when the payments will be issued but assures an update on the claims page. All claims must be filed by January 17, 2024, and individuals must be at least 18 years old or have a parent or guardian complete the form on their behalf and possess a valid Epic Account ID.

This settlement is an important step in protecting the rights and privacy of young players and holds gaming companies accountable for their marketing practices. If you believe you are eligible for a refund, make sure to file a claim before the deadline.
Sources:
– FTC, Epic Games Settle FTC Charges Related to Fortnite
– Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)