In 2019, Epic Games’ popular game Fortnite was accused in a class-action lawsuit. After almost two years, the case has now resulted to very lucky news for all players: if you bought an in-game loot box before, you are entitled for a free 1,000 V-Bucks giveaway from Epic.
How to get free Fortnite v-bucks?
If you have been playing Epic Games Fortnite for some time now, lucky freebies are set to be given to you, pretty soon.
Thanks to a class-action lawsuit, filed against Epic Games, all players that had purchased the game’s blind –draw loot boxes will be given free 1,000 V-Bucks—the Fortnite currency.
These V-Bucks (equivalent to almost $8) will be reflected to accounts of all affected players over the next two to three days.
The random loot llama box was originally offered on Fortnite: Save the World but Epic Games insisted to give this promo to all players who bought the loot box, not just in the United States, but anywhere around the globe.
As per Epic Games, players won’t have to do anything to receive the freebie.
“We’re dropping 1000 V-Bucks into the accounts of all players globally who bought a random item Loot Llama in STW before we stopped offering them. No action needed, if you purchased this item you should see the V-Bucks in your account over the next few days,” Epic Games announced.
The history of the lawsuit
As said, in 2019, Epic Games faced a terrible class-action lawsuit, originated from the parent of an underage player in California.
The suit claimed that the game developer tricked their players into buying the blind loot boxes, though the chances of getting a rare item from the products were slim.
“[The] Plaintiff, like hundreds of thousands of consumers, fell for Epic’s deceptive sales practices and purchased Epic’s Llamas hoping for rare and powerful loot,” the complaint reads. “Plaintiff did not receive that desired loot and never had a realistic chance of doing so.”
The plaintiff did not clarify how they know that the chances were slim, but Epic Games have also not revealed the statistics, which means that they could be hiding this part of the system.
If only the company told the truth of how slim players’ chances to receive rare items, all players might not have purchased the said product, plaintiff claimed.
Blind loot box is no longer available
Just like what’s expected, the blind loot box product is no longer being offered in any of the game’s franchises.
“We stopped offering random item loot boxes like Fortnite Loot Llamas and Rocket League Crates because we realized that some players were repeatedly disappointed by not receiving the random items they hoped for,” said Epic CEO Tim Sweeney in a statement to The Verge on Monday. “Players should know upfront what they are paying for when they make in-game purchases.”
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