SAN FRANCISCO: Fortnite, the maker of Epic Games, announced on Monday that it is paying the equivalent of roughly US $ 8 in virtual money to some players to settle a lawsuit over so-called random “loot boxes”.
The Fortnite maker said it will automatically drop 1,000 V-Bucks into accounts of players who have purchased Loot Llama pinata-style figures that contain in-game items, without knowing what’s inside until they’ve actually purchased them.
“While some of you enjoyed purchasing a random Loot Llamas item and were surprised by the unlocked content, others were disappointed,” Epic said in a blog post.
“So we decided that a better player experience would be to be upfront and outline the details of in-game purchases.”
Mysterious “loot boxes” that required players to risk content were controversial, some equated with gambling, and raised legal problems for video game makers.
“We are putting 1000 V-Bucks into the accounts of all players worldwide who have purchased a random Loot Llama item at STW before we stop offering it,” Epic said in a tweet.
“If you purchase this item, you should see V-Bucks in your account over the next few days.”
The settlement came in a class action lawsuit representing people in the United States who have played with a Fortnite or Rocket League account since July 2015.
Eligible Rocket League players will get 1,000 credits for accounts used to get loot chests of random items, according to Epic.
The site asserted that “the proposed settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing by Epic Games, and denies that it violated the law.”
The settlement also provides $ 26.5 million to settle claims for U.S. players arising from in-game purchases.