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FTC Sends Emails to Fortnite Players for Refunds in Epic Games Settlement

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has begun sending emails to millions of Fortnite players, informing them that they are eligible to sign up for a share of the $245 million refund from Epic Games. This refund is part of a $540 million settlement reached in December 2022 between Epic Games and the FTC for violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

To be eligible for the refund, players must be 18 years old or older or have a parent or guardian complete the claim form on their behalf. Players must also meet certain conditions, such as being charged in-game currency for unwanted items between January 2017 and September 2022, having their child make charges without their knowledge between January 2017 and November 2018, or having their account locked after complaining to their credit card company about wrongful charges between January 2017 and September 2022.

The deadline to file a claim is January 17, 2024, and players can apply on the FTC's website using either a claim number received via email or their Epic Account ID. It is important to note that the amount of money each player will receive as a refund has not been disclosed yet, as it depends on the number of players who apply for the refund claim.

While the FTC has begun the process of notifying players, there is currently no information available regarding when the refunds will be sent out. Players are urged to stay updated and complete their claims by the deadline in order to receive their share of the settlement.

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– [FTC Sends Email to Fortnite Players](source)
– [Epic Games COPPA Violation Settlement](source)