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Classic video games have been around for a while. But in recent years with the growth of online gaming, in-app purchases and information sharing, these games come with new issues regarding privacy, competition and online safety, particularly for children. Learn about the FTC's notable video game cases and what our agency is doing to keep the public safe.

Top Video Game Cases

In December 2022, the FTC settled a case with Epic Games, Inc., creator of the popular video game Fortnite. As a result, Epic has to pay a total of $520 million in relief (which includes $245 million in refunds to consumers). Learn more about the case.

The FTC is seeking to block Microsoft Corp. from acquiring leading video game developer Activision Blizzard, Inc. and its blockbuster gaming franchises such as Call of Duty, alleging that the $69 billion deal, the largest ever in the video gaming industry, would enable Microsoft to suppress competitors to its Xbox gaming consoles and its rapidly growing subscription content and cloud-gaming business.

More from the FTC

Check out all of our announcements related to our video game cases.

Get advice and up-to-date info on how our video gaming cases and settlements affect the public.

Virtual items in video games are also known as "loot boxes." At a 2019 FTC workshop, companies, trade associations, academics, and consumer advocates came together to talk about loot boxes and other in-game purchases. Learn more.

How Do Refunds Work?
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Refund Facts

From time to time, rulings against gaming manufacturers result in monetary refunds for eligible consumers. Visit our main Refunds page to learn more about the process.

Fortnite Refunds

In 2023, the FTC finalized a $245 million settlement with Epic Games over allegations related to in-game purchases. Now, the agency has started notifying people who may be entitled to the money. Find out if you're eligible.

Keeping Children Safe Online

Facts About COPPA

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (also known as COPPA) allows parents to control what information websites can collect from their kids. Get the latest news, FAQs about COPPA and much more.

Latest News

Learn more about what the FTC is doing to strengthen and protect children's privacy.