A record fine for the popular video game Fortnite for manipulating users into buying it! Here are the details…
Fortnite, the popular video game developed by Epic Games and People Can Fly, has received a record fine for manipulating users. Epic Games admitted to the charges and made statements on the matter. So, what else is Fortnite accused of and how much did it get fined? Let’s take a look at the details of the news together.
Record fines totaling 520 million dollars for Fortnite
Fortnite was sued for manipulating users, especially children, with its interface and design to make purchases. As a result of the lawsuit, the popular video game Fortnite was fined $275 million for privacy violations.
In addition to this fine, Fortnite will also refund $245 million to former users for manipulating children about in-app purchases. In other words, Fortnite will pay a total of 520 million dollars in refunds and fines for these reasons.
Epic Games made the following statements on the subject:
“No developer creates a game with the intention of ending up here. We agreed to this settlement because we want Epic to be at the forefront of consumer protection and provide the best experience for our players.”
Epic Games has addressed the issues with the lawsuit. The game production and development company introduced “Booth Accounts” to disable residual purchases for players under the age of 13. The company also introduced parental controls in 2019 and made it free last year. In addition, the company will delete the data of users who are not verified to be 13 years old or older due to the lawsuit.
What do you, our readers, think about this issue? Do you think it’s a good move for Fortnite to design the appropriate interface to direct players to in-app purchases? You can express your thoughts in the Comments section.