Fortnite Celebrates Sixth Birthday With an FTC Settlement

Fortnite Celebrates Sixth Birthday With an FTC Settlement

News by Roberto Orosa
Published: September 20, 2023

Epic Games' massively played video game Fortnite is celebrating its sixth birthday with a new "bounty of birthday goodies." 

As part of the celebrations, players can unlock a special Birthday Cake that they can find around the island, Birthday Presents and Balloons lying around the ground and Chests, and the Jump Balloon Reality Augment which gives them a balloon automatically when they jump. 

Birthday Quests went live yesterday and will last until September 26. Once the quests are completed, users can win special items such as the Birthday Basher Pickaxe, Birthday Dash Spray, and the Slice O' Six Back Bling. 

"The v26.10 Sep 19 hotfix unvaults a variety of birthday items and brings Birthday Quests you can complete for special cosmetic rewards. Many happy returns," the company wrote in a press release

FTC Notifies Fortnite Players to Claim Compensation

Amid Fortnite's birthday celebrations, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on Tuesday that it has begun notifying Fortnite players who may be entitled to compensation over a settlement that took place in March.

The complaint, which arose in December 2022, alleged Epic Games had used "dark patterns and other deceptive practices to trick players into making unwanted purchases."

"The company also made it easy for children to rack up charges without parental consent and locked the accounts of consumers who disputed unauthorized charges with their credit card companies," the FTC argued at the time.

The Epic Games settlement worth $245 million will be used to refund over 37 million consumers who have made unintended in-game purchases. The agency has begun reaching out to those eligible for compensation via email.

"Consumers will have until January 17, 2024, to submit a claim," the FTC concluded. Fortnite players can apply for a refund through this link.

Edited by Nikola Djuric

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