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Parents of Fortnite Players May Be Eligible for Refunds Due to Unintended Purchases

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is notifying over 37 million people via email that they may be eligible for compensation as part of a legal settlement between the FTC and Epic Games Inc., the maker of the popular video game Fortnite. The settlement requires Epic Games to pay $520 million in penalties and refunds, with $245 million designated for customer refunds.

The settlement is in response to complaints regarding children's privacy and payment methods that deceived players into making unintended purchases. The refunds are intended to cover the costs of unwanted in-game currency, known as V-Bucks, and virtual items such as outfits and loot crates. Parents whose children made unauthorized charges on their credit cards without their knowledge between January 2017 and November 2018 are also eligible for refunds.

In addition to the refunds, Epic Games has agreed to pay a $275 million fine for allegedly collecting personal information on Fortnite players under the age of 13 without parental consent. This fine is the largest ever imposed for violation of an FTC rule.

To be eligible for refunds, consumers must submit a claim by January 17. Epic Games has stated that it has implemented additional safeguards to prevent unintended purchases since settling the case in December.

If you believe you are eligible for a refund, be sure to visit the FTC's website for more information and to submit a claim.

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