Epic Games settles lootbox case around Fortnite and Rocket League | NOW


Game publisher Epic Games has reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit involving loot boxes. As part of the settlement, Epic will pay affected players with virtual money to cash in Fortnite: Save The World of Rocket League to issue. That writes Eurogamer.

The lawsuit was closed in 2019 tightened, because underage players would also be tempted to buy loot boxes. It’s about loot boxes in the car soccer game Rocket League and in Fortnite: Save The World. That is part of the game where players go through a story alone or with friends, which is different from the battle-royale mode of Fortnite, which is much more famous and popular.

Lootboxes are virtual treasure chests that you buy with real money, where you often do not know in advance what will be inside. Because the odds of winning for certain items were not listed either, players of the games in question were not aware of the odds of winning something they actually wanted. According to the indictment, Epic Games had therefore misled the players.

People could join the case who also felt deceived. While Epic insisted on doing nothing illegal, a settlement has now been reached. “With this we want to resolve all claims, but we admit no guilt here,” said Epic.

Compensation is 8 euros in play money

In the games, it was already stopped offering loot boxes for which it was not clear in advance what was in them. Anyone who had bought such a box before that time will automatically receive 1,000 V-Bucks (in Fortnite) of Credits (in Rocket League) to spend in the games. That equates to a value of 8 euros.

US players can make additional claims if they believe they have been victims of consumer fraud. Through those claims, if they are actually eligible, it is possible to get back up to $ 50 cash, 13,500 V-Bucks or 13,000 Credits for damage suffered.


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