The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced how it plans to distribute $245 million of a $520 million settlement with Epic Games, the maker of the Fortnite video game. Players and parents of children who play the game may be in line for compensation.
According to the FTC, the company charged parents and gamers of all ages for unwanted items and locked the accounts of customers who disputed wrongful charges with their credit card companies.
The FTC plans to make refunds available to:
Parents whose children made an unauthorized credit card purchase in the Epic Games Store between January 2017 and November 2018
Fortnite players who were charged in-game currency (V-Bucks) for unwanted in-game items (such as cosmetics, llamas, or battle passes) between January 2017 and September 2022
Fortnite players whose accounts were locked between January 2017 and September 2022 after disputing unauthorized charges with their credit card companies.
No action is required right now
The agency has not disclosed when it plans to begin the distribution of the funds. If you believe that you are eligible for a payment, you don't need to do anything right now.
“When we have more information about the refund program, we will post updates here and send email notices to customers who paid for in-game purchases,” the FTC said.
Officials suggest that people who think they are eligible bookmark FTC.gov/Fortnite and check back often for updates. You can also sign up here to get email updates about the refund program.
Since a lot of money is involved and so many people may be eligible for compensation, the FTC warns consumers to beware of scammers who try to take advantage of the situation. The FTC said it never asks you to pay to file a claim or get a refund. Don't pay anyone who promises you an FTC refund in exchange for a fee.