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Fortnite Maker EPIC Games enters into settlement agreement in class action lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in North Carolina by Zanca et al. accused Fortnite and Rocket League owner, EPIC Games, of violating state consumer protection laws, mispresented the value of their in-game currency, VBucks and prevented minors from exercising their contractual disaffirmation rights.  If your child purchase any in-game currency from 2015 through February of this year, you may have some VBucks coming your way.  In fact, we got 1000 VBucks (roughly $10.00 value) just this week as part of that lawsuit.  

The entire text fo the email is copied below for your reading pleasure.

NOTICE OF PROPOSED CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT – Zanca v. Epic Games, Inc., Case No. 21-CVS-534

 

IF YOU PLAYED FORTNITE OR ROCKET LEAGUE BETWEEN JULY 1, 2015 AND FEBRUARY 25, 2021 AND EXCHANGED IN-GAME VIRTUAL CURRENCY FOR ANY IN-GAME ITEM OR PURCHASED IN-GAME VIRTUAL CURRENCY FOR USE WITHIN FORTNITE OR ROCKET LEAGUE, YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE CASH COMPENSATION OR IN-GAME VIRTUAL CURRENCY FROM A CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT.
For more information, visit www.EpicLootboxSettlement.com.
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This notice concerns a proposed Settlement to resolve claims in the lawsuit Zanca et al. v. Epic Games, Inc., Case No. 21-CVS-534, pending in the Superior Court of Wake County, North Carolina. The Plaintiffs in that case have filed an action against Defendant Epic Games, Inc. (“Epic Games”) alleging that Epic Games violated state consumer protection laws, prevented minors from exercising their contractual disaffirmation rights, and negligently misrepresented the value of its in-game items in connection with its Fortnite and Rocket League videogames.

Am I A Member Of The Settlement Class?
You are receiving this notice because Epic Games’ records indicate that you might be a Settlement Class Member. You’re a member of the Settlement Class if, at any time between July 1, 2015 and February 25, 2021, you had a Fortnite or Rocket League account that you used to play either game on any device and in any mode, and (a) exchanged in-game virtual currency for any in-game benefit, or (b) made a purchase of virtual currency or other in-game benefit for use within Fortnite or Rocket League.

What Can I Get From The Proposed Settlement?
Automatic V-Bucks or Credits. As part of the Settlement, Epic Games will automatically add 1,000 Fortnite V-Bucks to each Fortnite account which was used to acquire a “Loot Llama” loot box, and 1,000 Rocket League Credits to each Rocket League account which was used to acquire a “Crate” loot box, the contents of which were not known before opening. Settlement Class Members do not need to do anything to obtain these benefits.
Cash Compensation or Additional V-Bucks/Credits. In addition, Epic Games has agreed to make up to $26,500,000.00 available to pay individuals who submit Approved Claims, as well as settlement administration costs, attorney’s fees and expenses, and Incentive Awards to the Plaintiffs. You may submit a Claim Form for additional compensation for any real money in-game purchase(s), including real-money purchases of Fortnite V-Bucks or Rocket League Credits, that you believe give(s) rise to a claim of consumer fraud, breach of contract, or any other claim for damages. On the Claim Form you will need to describe how you have been damaged or harmed by your real money purchase(s) (or, if you are seeking a refund of a virtual currency purchase, the damage or harm that resulted from or related to your use or attempted use of that virtual currency in the game) and why that damage or harm entitles you to a benefit. Please visit www.EpicLootBoxSettlement.com for more details.

You may also submit a Claim Form if you wish to obtain a refund for a real-money purchase you made as a minor with your own money and without parental permission. Each Settlement Class Member who submits an Approved Claim will be entitled to receive their choice of either a cash award (up to $50.00, in the form of a check mailed to you or direct deposit) or Fortnite V-Bucks or Rocket League Credits (up to 13,500 V-Bucks or 13,000 Credits). There is a limit of one Claim Form per videogame per Settlement Class Member (for a maximum of 2 Claim Forms), and each Settlement Class Member may receive either a cash award or V-Bucks/Credits for each game.

To make a claim for cash compensation or V-Bucks or Credits, you must submit a Claim Form online at www.EpicLootboxSettlement.com, or print the Claim Form and email it to the Settlement Administrator at claims@epiclootboxsettlement.com, or mail it to the Settlement Administrator at the address provided on the Claim Form. A Claim Form must be submitted online, emailed, or postmarked by April 26, 2021.

What Are My Options?
For more details about your options and related deadlines, please visit the settlement website, www.EpicLootBoxSettlement.com, or contact the Settlement Administrator at 1-800-466-0862. If you do not want to be legally bound by the settlement, you must exclude yourself by April 12, 2021. If you do not exclude yourself, you will release any claims you may have, as more fully described in the Settlement Agreement, available at the settlement website, www.EpicLootBoxSettlement.com. You may object to the settlement by April 12, 2021. The detailed Long Form Notice available on the settlement website explains how to exclude yourself or object. The Court will hold a hearing on May 6, 2021 at the Superior Court of Wake County, North Carolina, 316 Fayetteville St. Mall, Raleigh, NC 27601, to consider whether to grant final approval of the Settlement, a request by Class Counsel for attorney’s fees, costs and expenses of up to $11,300,000, and Incentive Award payments of up to $75,000 total for the Class Representatives. The motion for these fees and expenses will be posted on the settlement website when it is filed with the Court. You may appear at the hearing (which may be conducted remotely at the Court’s direction), subject to the requirements set by the Court, either yourself or through an attorney hired by you, but you are not required to do so. Please check the settlement website for updates on the date, time, and format of the final approval hearing.

For more information about your options and related deadlines, and to obtain and submit a Claim Form, visit www.EpicLootBoxSettlement.com or call 1-800-466-0862.

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