Fortnite developer to pay record sum in fines and refunds to players

Games publisher Epic Games has settled a dispute with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to pay $520m / £428.4m/ AU$778m in fines and relief following violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Epic Games, creators of online battle royale Fortnite, will be paying one cash penalty of $275m / £225.8m / AU$411.9m for going against COPPA practices and another sum of $245m/ £201.3m / AU$366.9m to be distributed in refunds. This is the “largest penalty ever obtained for violating an FTC rule,” the US watchdog says in its official statement (opens in new tab). In addition to the fines, the FTC says Epic Games needs to “adopt strong privacy default settings for children and teens, ensuring that voice and text communications are turned off by default.”

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