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Fortnite Players May be Entitled to Cash Payments in FTC Settlement

Fortnite players and their parents may be eligible for cash payments as part of a settlement between Epic Games, the parent company of the popular game, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The settlement was reached in March over allegations that Epic Games used deceptive practices to trick players into making unwanted purchases.

The FTC complaint, announced in December 2022, claimed that Epic Games employed various design tricks to encourage unintended in-game purchases. The company agreed to a $245 million settlement.

The complaint also alleged that Epic Games made it easy for children to make charges without parental consent and locked the accounts of consumers who disputed unauthorized charges.

To apply for a refund, individuals must meet certain criteria as outlined by the FTC. They are eligible if they were charged in-game currency for items they didn't want between January 2017 and September 2022, if their child made charges to their credit card without their knowledge between January 2017 and November 2018, or if their account was locked between January 2017 and September 2022 after complaining to their credit card company about wrongful charges.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, or a claim can be made by a parent or guardian on behalf of those under 18.

To apply for a refund, individuals can do so online at www.forniterefund.com/file-a-claim. They will need to provide either a claim number or their Epic Account ID. The deadline for applications is January 17, 2024.

The amount of the refund will depend on various factors, including the number of claimants. The FTC has not yet established a date for mailing out payments but will update their website with this information. For additional assistance with claims, individuals can contact 1-833-915-0880 or email [email protected].

(Source: U.S. Federal Trade Commission)

Definitions:
– Dark patterns: Techniques used in user interfaces to manipulate or deceive users into taking certain actions.
– In-game purchases: Transactions involving the purchase of virtual items or currency within a video game.

Sources:
– U.S. Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov)