ArcheAge players score $420,000 in ancient class action suit over consumer law violations

    
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We’ve been following the saga of the ArcheAge lawsuit for what seems like ages now. Back in 2015, three gamers filed a class action lawsuit against the MMO company, alleging that then-Western-publisher Trion Worlds violated consumer laws, falsely advertised a 10% founder perk discount for its cash shop, and broke California’s illegal-lottery law in regard to ArcheAge. The lawsuit dragged on for years as Trion sought to force the case into arbitration and then imploded as a company in 2018, offloading all of its assets, including its MMOs, directly to Gamigo and a subsidiary created to house former US-based Trion employees. Then there was a tussle over Trion’s assets and a tentative agreement in 2019.

Now it looks as if we’re finally seeing the fruits of that agreement, as multiple MOP readers forwarded us emails being sent around to ArcheAge players, sending them to the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ official claims website and outlining both the suit and the terms.

“An insurer for Trion Worlds, the maker of ArcheAge, has agreed to establish a settlement fund of $420,000 from which eligible players may make a claim for a cash payment. The fund will also be used to pay settlement administration expenses, court-awarded service awards, and court-awarded attorneys’ fees and expenses. The settlement resolves a lawsuit over whether Trion violated California’s Consumers Legal Remedies Act, False Advertising Law, and Unfair Competition law, or made negligent misrepresentations when it failed to provide a 10% discount on ArcheAge Marketplace purchases to U.S. players who bought patron status before the game’s U.S. launch and when it sold supply crates in the ArcheAge Marketplace that gave U.S. players a chance to win virtual items of varying value.”

You might be entitled to a sliver of the settlement if you bought supply crates before October 22nd, 2018, or subbed to the Patron program prior to launch and bought something in the market before that same date while a Patron. You can also do nothing or opt out or even argue with the settlement. Deadline for claims is set for March 13th, 2020. The amount of money you may be entitled to will apparently be determined based on how many other players make claims and how much you spent. Don’t do that thing internet denizens do and lie on the forms. Not a good idea.

Read up on the whole saga:

Source: Settlement, reddit. Thanks to Squid, Dane, and Robert!

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Mewmew

“and broke California’s illegal-lottery law”

That’s a bigger issue, with practically every “Free to Play” game taking part and a great many States with varying lottery and gambling laws online and off. Unless there’s something Archeage specifically did differently and I’m just not reading about it.

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Toy Clown

I checked my account history and I fall under that, but it’s not worth my time to even fill out a form for 5$.

What does make me happy is that the players won a class action suit and hopefully other publishers/MMO creators realize how shady many of their cash shop purchases are and they need to stop.

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Mewmew

I’d probably do it for the principle of the matter, though it depends how much time and work would have to be spent on it. Sometimes the principle makes it worth it.

Though since the total amount paid is a set number and isn’t going to change no matter how many people file for it, I guess they’re penalized just the same no matter what and there isn’t much reason to file for so little of a payout.

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Armsbend

Shouldn’t the original three plaintiffs get most or all of that? They deserve it all – not one else (minus lawyer fees).

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cursedseishi

That isn’t how Class Action suits work. At all.

The $420k awarded also wouldn’t have been awarded if it was just those three. They specifically entered into a class action, and because they are acting as the whole of the base representing everyone who would fall under this, that is why they were given the $420k. Because otherwise the amounts won individually would have been thrown out for being too paltry a recovery to rule over and especially too paltry to be worth an attorney.

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Connor

I don’t even know if you can lie on the form, since you submit a Trion Worlds username/email address and it automatically checks the account to see what you are eligible for.

Also being late to this story is literally what I get for having read the court dockets yesterday and thinking I had until April before any further information would come up.

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Robert Mann

Players will get a few bucks at most, lawyers will take most of it, and nothing will really be improved on with future titles out of this. :(

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styopa

….said every class-action ever.
Here’s your check for $5.14, yay you!

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zuldar

That’s still more value than you get out of loot boxes.

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Jahlon

Probably going to be some complicated math since they no doubt get credit for giving you 10% more on your credit purchases in cash, and then factoring in the 10% that you should have gotten as a discount.

Yup, probably be about $5