Epic Games is now getting sued over “predatory” Llama loot boxes featured in Fortnite’s Save the World mode. It’s happening despite the company’s removal of blind loot boxes from the game earlier this year.
The controversy surrounding loot boxes lately has been on the rise around the globe since EA’s Star Wars Battlefront 2. Despite that, developers continue to introduce them into their games and the reason why Epic Games is now being sued.
This lawsuit comes from a parent of an underage player who claims that Fornite developers are using loot boxes as “a predatory scheme” to exploit players.
Rising to the forefront in a multi-billion-dollar video game industry, Epic has perfected a predatory scheme whereby it exploits players, including minors, by inducing them to purchase in-game loot boxes in the pursuit of the best in-game item schematics, heroes, and survivors (collectively, “loot”).
To be clear, the plaintiff is referring to the blind loot boxes that only existed in Fortnite’s original “Save the World” co-op player mode and were removed. The developers have now introduced X-Ray Llamas which show the content it offers before you buy it.
But the parent and his lawyer are arguing that hundreds of thousands of other players were targeted by Epic’s misleading sales practices. Also, the chances of getting desired and rare loot were pretty slim.
The scheme plays out perfectly to the benefit of Epic: once players are sufficiently invested in the game, Epic induces players to purchase loot boxes in order to get better loot, which results in massive revenue to Epic. Plaintiff, like hundreds of thousands of consumers, fell for Epic’s deceptive sales practices and purchased Epic’s Llamas hoping for rare and powerful loot. Plaintiff did not receive that desired loot and never had a realistic chance of doing so.
It’s worth noting that these are only part of the co-op mode, not the battle royale mode which skyrocketed to success.
However, the parent feels that children were deceived by Epic not showing the drop rates of items. You can read the full complaint here and tell us what do you think about it.
Besides that, Epic has other Fortnite lawsuits to look out for including one from the parent of Russell Horning aka Backpack Kid over the use of his dance in the game without his permission. Rapper 2 Milly and Alfonso Ribeiro from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air also sued Epic Games for the same reasons.
Fortnite battle royale is now available to play on Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices.