The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a verdict! Epic Games, as the producer of the popular game Fortnite must pay $245 million (slightly over a billion zlotys) into the account of a US government agency. This will then distribute the money among players who have been cheated or misled by the developer.
Epic Games in trouble? $245 million fine for Fortnite
It would seem that Epic Games is such a powerful corporation that simple mistakes should steer clear of it. Nothing more wrong! US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) confirmed the result of its investigation, which ended with a payment order issued by the game’s producer Fortnite $245 million penalty. Converted into our currency, this gives well over a billion zlotys.
What did Epic Games do? According to the arguments of the American agency that cares about consumer safety the company used obscure communication to mislead players into inadvertently spending real money in the game Fortnite. Below is an excerpt from the FTC statement.
Epic Games used various tricks also known as dark patterns to trick consumers of all ages into inadvertent in-game purchases Fortnite. A non-intuitive, confusing and inconsistent button configuration has led players to pay unwanted “one-click” payments. Additionally, the company has made it easier for children to make in-game purchases Fortnite without parental supervision.
An excerpt from the FTC statement
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The whole case dates back to December last year, but the final verdict of the FTC has only been issued now. The already mentioned $245 million is to go to the account of the US Federal Trade Commission, which will follow will distribute the money among the players who have been affected by Epic Games errors. Moreover, the FTC requested that the manufacturer not use dark patterns and changes in the store Fortnite.
The agency reported that consumers who feel wronged by Epic Games should go to the site FTC.gov/Fortnitewhere you will find all the most important information.
Source: US Federal Trade Commission