If you ever bought a blind loot box in Fortnite or Rocket League, you’re getting a refund in in-game foreign money. This is the results of a class motion settlement, and it implies that you’ll mechanically obtain 1,000 Fortnite V-Bucks or 1,000 Rocket League credit in case you ever bought a blind loot box in both recreation.
The settlement itself nonetheless has to bear remaining approval, however Epic is already offering these refunds forward of time. The proposed settlement moreover units apart $26.5 million in “money and different advantages” to gamers in the US who want to file claims of authorized hurt in opposition to the corporate. Epic will refund as much as $50 price of loot box purchases from legitimate claims. You can submit a declare on the official Epic Games Settlement website.
Fortnite: Save the World supplied blind loot containers in the type of Loot Llamas till 2019, although no comparable system was ever included in the way more widespread Fortnite battle royale. Now, Fortnite’s Loot Llamas will present you the merchandise you’re buying before you purchase. Rocket League ditched loot containers the identical yr, shortly after Epic acquired developer Psyonix.
“We stopped providing random merchandise loot containers like Fortnite Loot Llamas and Rocket League Crates as a result of we realized that some gamers have been repeatedly disenchanted by not receiving the random objects they hoped for,” Epic CEO Tim Sweeney tells us in an emailed assertion. “Players ought to know upfront what they’re paying for once they make in-game purchases.”
We consider gamers ought to know upfront what they’re paying for once they make in-game purchases. This is why immediately we solely supply X-Ray Llamas that present you the contents earlier than you buy them in Save the World.
— Fortnite (@FortniteSport) February 22, 2021
Notably, this isn’t the identical class motion lawsuit over Fortnite loot containers which made headlines again in 2019. Broadly, video games have lastly begun to maneuver away from blind loot box monetisation after the extraordinary pushback in opposition to EA’s, er, ‘shock mechanics‘ in Star Wars: Battlefront 2, although video games like EA’s personal FIFA and Activision-Blizzard’s Overwatch nonetheless make use of them.