Preliminary Settlement for Epic Loot Box Class Action Suit

In other legal news regarding Epic Games, a preliminary settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit over loot boxes in Fortnite and Rocket League. Purchasers of lootboxes in either game will automatically receive 1,000 V-Bucks or 1,000 Rocket League Credits, as appropriate. There's no word on how many V-Bucks the lawyers in this case will make. There is also the possibility of collecting some real cash money in certain cases:
A class action settlement with Epic Games, Inc. (“Epic”) has received preliminary approval from the Superior Court of North Carolina, Tenth Judicial District. Under the settlement, all U.S. players of Fortnite: Save the World and Rocket League who bought a random item loot box in either game before Epic Games discontinued them will receive certain benefits immediately and automatically. The settlement also provides up to $26.5 million in cash and other benefits to U.S.-based Fortnite and Rocket League players to resolve claims arising from players’ purchases of Fortnite and Rocket League in-game items.

Beginning today, Epic will deposit 1,000 V-Bucks, the Fortnite virtual currency, or 1,000 Rocket League Credits, into the accounts of U.S. players who bought a random item loot box. These deposits will be automatic and players do not need to do anything to claim them, though it may take a few days for all eligible players to receive them.

Additionally, players who believe they were harmed or damaged by virtue of their in-game Fortnite or Rocket League purchases and meet certain criteria can file a claim for a cash payment of up to $50 or a virtual currency deposit of up to 13,500 V-Bucks (in Fortnite) or 13,000 Credits (in Rocket League). Legal guardians of players who are minors that made in-game purchases without parental permission can seek partial refunds of up to $50, but must agree to the closure of their child’s Epic Games accounts.

Fortnite and Rocket League players who made in-game purchases can learn more information about the settlement by visiting www.EpicLootBoxSettlement.com. Important dates and documents will be posted on that website.
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Dev wrote on Feb 23, 2021, 12:02:
Not much different than the standard practice of allowing a coupon for further purchases of a company's goods to those who were affected/harmed.
Maybe... to me it seems a coupon to buy goods at a reduced price would at least result in a physical product landing in the customer's hand with an actual cash value. Here there is no real cash value being provided. Then again, if the complaint is they were "damaged" in the game... maybe that is appropriate.
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Not much different than the standard practice of allowing a coupon for further purchases of a company's goods to those who were affected/harmed.

I happen to think that's rather silly too though.

And yes, offering loot boxes to people who are "harmed and damaged" seems really whack. Like let's just encourage them to buy more and keep the addiction going, shall we?!
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Feb 23, 2021, 07:51
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Lootbox purchasers should also be offered one year of free counseling and directed to http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/
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Feb 23, 2021, 07:42
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eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 23, 2021, 01:39:
Mental note: Never hire that lawfirm again ever for anything.
In between settlement talks and reality they must have taken a hard left into lala land.
If I was the people who hired them, I'd let them know they were being paid in V-Bucks.
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ZeroPike1 wrote on Feb 23, 2021, 03:06:
Welcome to Class Action Lawsuit winning's. Standard practice when your side wins a class action suit. On the plus side you get alot of support for your side going against the defending party. On the other hand your payout will be horrifically reduced... or in this case $50 if you can jump through enough hoops... or friggin' virtual currency. hahah. Mankind is not going to make it off this planet are we?
The only ones to win any real money in a class action lawsuit are the lawyers, regardless of which side wins the case.
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Welcome to Class Action Lawsuit winning's. Standard practice when your side wins a class action suit. On the plus side you get alot of support for your side going against the defending party. On the other hand your payout will be horrifically reduced... or in this case $50 if you can jump through enough hoops... or friggin' virtual currency. hahah. Mankind is not going to make it off this planet are we?
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Feb 23, 2021, 02:49
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eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 23, 2021, 01:39:
Mental note: Never hire that lawfirm again ever for anything.
In between settlement talks and reality they must have taken a hard left into lala land.

It is likely because someone secretly switched their coffee with Sanka.
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Mental note: Never hire that lawfirm again ever for anything.
In between settlement talks and reality they must have taken a hard left into lala land.
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Feb 23, 2021, 00:17
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So basically they get nothing. Epic got your real money and you get some worthless virtual crap. On one side HAHA as you bought into loot boxes and on the other thats some BS.
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1000 v-bucks is $10. Yay? I think I bought some years ago for that other Fortnite thing (the single-player game). Wonder if that'll count. I could be rich.
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Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 22, 2021, 22:16:
Settling a real world law suit with virtual currency. Wow. Crazy. Even though I am reading it, I am having a hard time believing it...

I kind of love it. Boohoo about digital garbage and you could win a big digital garbage settlement!
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Settling a real world law suit with virtual currency. Wow. Crazy. Even though I am reading it, I am having a hard time believing it...
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Feb 22, 2021, 19:32
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One loss done, several more to go.
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