Epic Games to settle Fortnite lawsuit with V-Bucks in-game currency

Loot Llamas no more.

Epic Games will settle a class action lawsuit against Fortnite‘s Save the World campaign with V-Bucks, its in-game currency, The Verge reports.

The payment is in response to “Loot Llamas” that were found within the popular shooter’s PvE campaign until at least 2019. The items in question featured randomised rewards rather than a clear indication of what a player would receive.

“We’re dropping 1000 V-Bucks into the accounts of all players globally who bought a random item Loot Llama in STW before we stopped offering them,” Epic Games said on the Fortnite Twitter account. “No action needed, if you purchased this item you should see the V-Bucks in your account over the next few days.”

A second tweet linked the move back to the Loot Llamas.

“We believe players should know upfront what they are paying for when they make in-game purchases. This is why today we only offer X-Ray Llamas that show you the contents before you purchase them in Save the World,” Epic’s statement continued.

“We stopped offering random item loot boxes like Fortnite Loot Llamas and Rocket League Crates because we realized that some players were repeatedly disappointed by not receiving the random items they hoped for,” Epic CEO Tim Sweeney told The Verge in a further statement. “Players should know upfront what they are paying for when they make in-game purchases.”

As Epic stated, the 1,000 V-Bucks will automatically be placed in the accounts of players to qualify for them.

Fortnite is available now on Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S & X, PS4, PS5, Switch and maybe Android or iOS.

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