FTC vs. Epic Games: Who Qualifies to Receive Fortnite Refunds? : Tech : Tech Times
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Check out these FTC criteria to see if you can request a Fortnite refund for unauthorized charges.
According to reports earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ordered Epic Games to pay Fourteen days Players $245 million for their unwanted charges in the popular battle royale game.
If you or your kids have ever faced a hefty V-Bucks bill after playing a few rounds Fourteen days Online, the FTC’s recent ruling should be welcome news.
Who can get a refund?
The FTC has determined that the following individuals are eligible for refunds, as reported by Digital Trends:
- For parents whose children made unauthorized transactions on the Epic Games Store between January 2017 and November 2018.
- Everyone who played Fourteen days between January 2017 and September 2022 and was charged with virtual money (V-Bucks) for unnecessary in-game products like cosmetics, llamas or battle passes.
- Fourteen days Players’ accounts were frozen between January 2017 and September 2022 because they disputed suspicious charges with their credit card issuers.
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How do I initiate the refund process?
First things first, there is no estimated timeframe for when Epic Games will have to issue refunds to eligible players or how long it will take to resolve a claim process.
Therefore, at this point, there is no rush to verify your eligibility as the settlement is still at an early stage. According to Digital Trends, the FTC has officially said, “If you think you’re entitled to a payment, you don’t have to do anything now.”
As the settlement is finalized behind the scenes, the FTC proposes to bookmark its official Fourteen days Website. More details will be published there or even on media sites.
Remember that the FTC will never ask you to pay to get your money back. As word of the comparison spreads, be on the lookout for scammers who may try to take advantage of the situation.
FTC vs Epic Games
On Tuesday, March 14, the court’s decision was released, including fines imposed for using “dark patterns” to coerce customers into making illegal or unwanted purchases. The dark pattern used by the video game developer included “counterintuitive, inconsistent, and confusing” button layouts that made it easier for gamers to accidentally spend money Fourteen days with a single push of a button.
The FTC has also accused Epic Games of punishing players who spoke out against the false allegations by banning their accounts and making them unable to play the game.
The use of dark patterns or “other charging of consumers without their express consent” is strictly prohibited, and the $245 million must be used to compensate customers who were overcharged.
Now that Epic Games can no longer rely on exploits to drive sales, the company should focus on making Fourteen days a service consumers would willingly pay for.
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