Fortnite players may be eligible for a big ol' refund on V-Bucks in the near future. Fortnite is one of the biggest games of all-time. Despite the fact it's free-to-play, there are so many ways to spend money whether it be through the battle pass or for individual skin bundles, it is a game that just rakes in money on a frequent basis. Epic Games has also made the game a virtual toy box with tons of major characters from huge franchises like Marvel, DC, Star Wars, and more, which has allowed them to sell those skins for a high price. It's hard to resist the urge to play as Spider-Man or Kratos with a gun, if we're being honest, even if it's at the cost of $20.
However, the FTC has made an agreement with Epic Games to refund $245 million worth of V-Bucks to players. It was alleged that Epic Games had charged parents and players for unwanted purchases and then locked their accounts when they disputed the charge. Now, the FTC is gearing up to make things right.
"Epic Games, the company responsible for Fortnite, agreed to pay $245 million to settle FTC allegations related to in-game purchases," the FTC's page for this particular issue said. "According to the FTC, the company charged parents and gamers of all ages for unwanted items and locked the accounts of customers who disputed wrongful charges with their credit card companies."
Who is Eligible for Fortnite Refunds?
Of course, not everybody is able to just cash in on Fortnite refunds if you're only just now regretting some of the purchases you've made in the past. The FTC published the following guidelines, and if any of the below are true about you, you can fill out the form (assuming you're 18 or older).
- You were charged in-game currency for items you didn't want between January 2017 and September 2022
- Your child made charges to your credit card without your knowledge between January 2017 and November 2018
- Your account was locked between January 2017 and September 2022 after you complained to your credit card company about wrongful charges
How Do You Get a Fortnite Refund?
Previously, the FTC asked people to just hang tight and wait until the refund forms were opened up. Now that that's happened, you can start the (potential) refund process by visiting this site and filling out the form. You'll need your Epic Games ID or a claim number to get started, and you'll have until January 17th to fill out the form.
So, how much could a Fortnite player get back by doing this? The FTC said in its FAQ about the topic that the payout "will depend on several factors, including how many people file a claim." No date has been set yet for when these refunds will be paid out.