Epic units off with Apple and pays out V-Bucks for loot containers

Epic Games offers users in-game credits as part of their settlement with Apple.

Epic Games, maker of Fortnite and Rocket League, decides to bring a lawsuit against Apple alleging it “violated state consumer protection laws, prevented minors from exercising their contractual opt-out rights, and negligently the value of its in-game items misrepresented in connection with these two games. In August 2020, Epic Games released a software update that allows users to bypass Apple’s proprietary in-app payment system, which is in violation of the original contract. This is how V-Bucks are offered to users.

The class action lawsuit closes with a special benefit for Fortnite and Rocket League players where the company grants 1,000 V-Bucks or 1,000 Rocket League credits to all players who have made a qualifying purchase for Fortnite: Save the World or Rocket League loot boxes will be sold starting in 2015. Users do not need to make a claim to receive the V-Bucks or Credits. They are automatically applied to their accounts.

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Players of both games who “believe they have been injured or damaged in-game by their Fortnite or Rocket League purchases and who meet certain criteria” may also claim a portion of US $ 26.5 million in cash, which is paid out to $ 50 per player.

A hearing in late September, broadcast live on Zoom, was set to determine whether Gonzalez Rogers would grant Epic’s motion for a restraining order. “Although Epic presents itself as a modern Robin Hood company, it is actually a multi-billion dollar company that simply does not want to pay anything for the tremendous value it draws from the App Store,” Apple said at the time .

Gonzalez had told Epic more than once at the hearing that she was “not convinced of his arguments or his strategy”. She added, “Epic knew it was in breach of its contract with Apple when it released the update, but it still did,” accusing it of dishonesty.

“Tens of millions of iOS users were injured,” Epic announced in a statement last fall, “through a retaliatory decision by Apple to remove Fortnite from the iOS App Store.” The decision reflects Apple’s iron control and unlawful maintenance of the monopoly. “The company described Apple’s in-app payment system as a form of“ illegal tying ”.

Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic, “tries to be other developers’ pied piper,” replied Apple’s attorney Ted Boutrous. “Epic wants others to cheat, break [their] approval [and] Sneak into the software to bypass app verification. “A result in favor of Epic would be a” green light to other companies and that would be very dangerous “.

Epic’s attorneys acknowledged the breach of contract but alleged it did because they “refused to perform an anti-competitive contract and that litigation was part of Epic’s plan”. Epic attorney Katherine Forrest said, “If you take over the world’s largest company and run it where you know it will return the favor, don’t lie in the streets and die. You plan very carefully how you will react. “

Now it looks like this “epic” saga is about to end. In making the decision to settle down, Epic Games did not admit any wrongdoing.


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