The lawyers representing Epic Games must be the busiest people around these days, since they are facing yet another lawsuit. Following suits over some of Fortnite's emotes, the game developers are again the subject of a fresh lawsuit.
According to The Verge, the latest filing against the game house pertains to Fortnite's Save The World and claims that the blind loot boxes, which were removed from the game recently, were "predatory" since they lured minors and other spenders.
Players were able to purchase loot boxes called "Llamas" in Save The World up until January. Said boxes included schematics for new weapons, traps, and heroes with unique abilities, among other items.
According to the suit, “the reasonable consumer purchasing Llamas believes that he or she will have significantly better chances of receiving valuable loot than they actually do.”
The suit was filed by the guardian of a Fortnite player going by "R.A," who claims that they, like hundreds of others, "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.”
Loot drop rates were never publicized and remain unknown, something that makes it difficult to tell whether or not the player had a realistic chance of getting the desired loot.
"Epic systematically advertises Llamas with promises that they will contain appealing and valuable loot," another section reads. "Like with a slot machine, Epic psychologically manipulates its young players into thinking they will 'get lucky.' But what Epic knows — and what its young players do not know — is that the Llamas almost never contain what they are touted as containing."
There have been prior pleas for loot boxes to reveal the likelihood of players getting their hands on any given item. Apple already makes this a requirement and Chinese regulations enforce it for games being sold in the country as well.
One of the angles tackled in the claim is the use of the Fortnite currency, referred to as V-bucks, which leaves players in the dark as to how much they're actually spending while coming in bundled amounts that almost never match the exact price of Llamas, basically forcing gamers to buy more items to use up leftover change.
There's also no in-game purchase history that allows players to see how much their microtransactions amount to over a period of time. In addition, while there's little in the way of a forecast for this suit, Epic has been coming under some real fire legally, although Alfonso Ribeiro's "Carlton Dance" suit has fallen through, with a ruling stating that it's too simple to copyright.