Fortnite to Pay $26 Million in Compensation to Players

Published 02/24/2021, 7:40 AM EST


Before the astounding success of the battle royale version, Epic Games had released the popular survival video game called Fortnite: Save the World. Unlike the battle royale, this game is a premium experience that costs $39.99. Moreover, players can purchase Llamas from in-game currency to unlock skins and other cosmetic items.

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Back in the day, these Llamas offered random items to the buyer. Many players opposed this mechanic, which compelled Epic Games to bring some changes with the v7.30 update that arrived in January 2019.

Following the update, any Llama available in the V-bucks story store already showed its contents without requiring a purchase. While a majority of players welcomed this change, others who had already spent a lot of money on buying random items were disappointed.

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Fortnite: Save the World players to get 1000 V-bucks

After two years, Epic Games is now providing compensation to the players for their random loot-box transactions. They will receive 1000 V-bucks within the next few days. Interestingly, this compensation will be available for users worldwide, and not just in the US.

Fortnite informed the community about the same through a blog post and a tweet:

Owing to Epic Games’ acquisition of Psyonix, Rocket League players, who had purchased an Event Crate or Key before the game stopped offering them, will also get 1000 credits.

Are you eligible to receive the 1000 V-bucks?

1000 V-bucks are almost worth $10; naturally, players are more than excited to avail them. However, the announcement has also created some confusion regarding the eligibility criteria.

In a recent tweet, STW News claimed that anyone who’s completed Fortnite: Save the World’s tutorial before January 25, 2019, will receive the 1000 V-bucks.

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Apparently, buying a Llama is a part of Fortnite: Save the World’s tutorial. Even though the game itself provides the currency to purchase it, this action makes a player eligible to get the 1000 V-bucks.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of players who have missed out on getting the free rewards by a small margin. Despite starting the game shortly after January 2019 and playing it for two years, they will not be eligible.

Considering Fortnite: Save the World’s large user-base, it comes as no surprise that the aforementioned compensations alongside the attorney’s fees for a class action settlement have cost Epic Games a cool  $26 million.

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Aakrit Sharma is an eSports author at EssentiallySports, and has written over 600 articles for their eSports division. He is an undergradate student at Delhi University. From getting chased by The Dahaka while playing Prince of Persia Warrior Within, to sweating his way up in ranked Apex Legends matches, he developed his consuming passion for the massive world of gaming and now writes about it with the same enthusiasm.

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