Fortnite is giving away FREE V-Bucks to anyone who ever bought randomised loot boxes

FORTNITE players who bought randomised "Loot Llama" boxes will be receiving free V-bucks.

The seemingly generous move follows a class action lawsuit in which Epic Games was accused of misrepresenting "the value of its in-game items."

Fortnite players will know that a Loot Llama can be purchased if you desire more in-game items or customisations.

The offending randomised Loot Llamas were in Fortnite: Save The World and Loot Crates in Rocket League.

Anyone who bought one of these randomised loot boxes, which did not reveal exactly what a player would receive for their money, will receive 1000 free V-Bucks or Rocket League Credits.

The credit will be applied worldwide automatically even though the lawsuit only affected the US.

The official Fortnite Twitter account tweeted: "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.

"No action needed, if you purchased this item you should see the V-Bucks in your account over the next few days."

US players can also apply for financial compensation if they're not satisfied.

According to the lawsuit settlement website, US players can claim for money "if you believe the purchase gives rise to a claim of consumer fraud, breach of contract, or other claim for damages, or if you wish to obtain a partial refund for a purchase you made as a minor with your own money and without parental permission."

If you just play Fortnite's Battle Royale mode then you won't have been affected as that never contains random loot boxes.

Only players using the premium "Save The World" mode would have been offered the Loot Llamas in question.

Epic's Tim Sweeney said in a statement: "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.

"Players should know upfront what they are paying for when they make in-game purchases."

Fornite: Save The World players may have noticed "X-ray Llamas", which reveal their actual contents before you buy them.

What is Fortnite, anyway?

FORTNITE is an online video game played by up to 250 million people across the world.

In it, 100 players compete on their own or with a small group of pals to grab weapons, gather resources and build defences, before fighting it out to be the last man (or team) standing.

Matches take about 20 minutes, and you can drop into a new game within seconds of your previous one finishing.

It's bright, it's cartoony and it's fiendishly compelling.

Skill is rewarded but luck also plays a huge role, meaning no two games are ever the same and everyone feels like they have a chance of winning.

Fortnite has also made its developer billions.

In Europe it's rated 12+, meaning it's suitable for those aged 12 and up.

The battle royale mode is free to play, but there is also a story-driven single player and co-op mode called Save The World that players have to pay for.

Pop culture crossover events are very common because of the game's huge audience.

These involve players being able to buy themed outfits for the movie, TV show or brand, as well as getting some themed activities in-game to do too.

These might be new places to explore, new challenges to complete to win themed accessories, or new game modes that are loosely related to the theme of whatever is being crossed over with.

In other news, The Sun's favourite alternative to a games console is the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset.

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And, Dell's Alienware R10 Ryzen Edition is a gaming PC powerhouse that crushes both the new consoles.

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