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How to get refund after $520 million settlement

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Play Fortnite? You could earn more than just V-Bucks.

The Federal Trade Commission said Monday it settled claims with Fortnite maker Epic Games over children’s privacy and payment systems tricking players into making unintended purchases.

Epic will pay $520 million to settle the case, including $245 million in customer refunds, the FTC said.

“Epic used privacy-invasive default settings and deceptive interfaces that tricked Fortnite users, including teenagers and children,” FTC Chair Lina Khan said in a statement.

Hoping to snag a refund for your Fortnite habit? Here’s what you should know.

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A screenshot of 'Fortnite.'

Who can get a Fortnite settlement refund?

Parents whose children made unauthorized credit card purchases in the Epic Games Store between January 2017 and November 2018 are eligible, the FTC said.

Also, any players charged V-Bucks – Fortnite’s in-game currency which can be purchased with real-world money – for unwanted in-game items between January 2017 and September 2022 can get a refund.

The refunds also apply to players whose accounts were locked between January 2017 and September 2022 after disputing unauthorized charges, the FTC said.

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