The $420K ArcheAge class action lawsuit settlement is finally paying out

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The $420K ArcheAge class action lawsuit settlement is finally paying out

I’m quite sure our readers will remember the class action lawsuit a group of gamers lodged against Trion Worlds way back in 2015 – that one was the one where they accused the ArcheAge publisher of violating consumer laws, falsely advertising a 10% founder perk discount for its cash shop, and breaking California’s illegal-lottery law. As we’ve covered at legnth, the lawsuit dragged on for years as Trion angled for arbitration and then imploded in 2018, only to be acquired by Gamigo. Following the tentative agreement in 2019, we learned that the suit had been settled and that players were due for a slice of the $420,000 settlement, at least if you qualified and applied before March. (You can read the long version of this sordid tale in our Lawful Neutral column.)

Anyhow, we’re back on this topic again because shockingly the payouts have actually started arriving. We got the heads-up from MMO Fallout’s Connor, who posted a pic of his massive check. Just kidding: It’s five bucks. Redditors have a thread going chronicling what they’re receiving too, as it seems to be adjusted depending on the credits involved; there are a few people in the thread claiming they received several hundred dollars, while $5 looks to be the bottom rung of payouts.

And hey, even Aaron Van Fleet, one of the original class action plaintiffs, popped into the thread to gloat a wee bit.

This might just be our last piece on this topic, and after five years, I’m actually gonna miss covering it.

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Neoyoshi

I think what came out of this lawsuit that might hold quite a bit more value is a legal precedent was set with this lawsuit; so this might become very useful in the future.

Hopefully.

(Can a legal precedent be used if the case in question was settled instead of outright won?)

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Alyn

Yet another gaming company is caught ripping us off-

“When good people in any country cease their vigilance and struggle, then evil men prevail.”
Pearl S. Buck

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Does not check email

The consumer received $5 but I wonder how much money in salaries goes into the lawyers, accountants and analysts to produce all this checks, mail, field returns and close out the books.

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Bruno Brito

Something tells me this wasn’t nearly enough and only brought headache to those wanting to sue the company, not the company itself.

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styopa

Sorry for those seeking retribution, $420,000 lost lawsuit to a company the size of Gamigo – 25% EBITDA on €60m annually means that while $420,000 is certainly something they’d avoid if they could, it’s not really “make any big changes” sort of impact.

Hell, some consumer-facing companies have insurance JUST FOR CONSUMER SUITS so they may not even have to pay anything except slightly higher insurance rates for 5-10 years, assuming this crested over some annual outlay benchmark.

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Tanek

Exactly. Let’s see some punishments that actually matter. None of these one-time “oops, won’t do it again (maybe)” payments. Especially public companies. Put some pain on the bottom line, make the stockholders take notice.

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Connor

Gamigo didn’t pay anything and wasn’t a party to the lawsuit. The defense and payout was funded by Trion Worlds liability insurance that was left over when the company went kaput back in 2018.

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Adam Russell

Gamigo isnt the one that did you wrong. Sure they are responsible for the liability since they bought out the game along with its debts, but you dont really have a cause to be angry with Gamigo.

IMO if you want to make the penalty enough to prevent this behavior, find out how much was made from the bad behavior and charge them that plus interest plus 10%.

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Tanek

I wish I had any confidence that payouts like that had any actual effect on the company. Or especially on the newt worth of the people at the top who make the calls on anti-consumer practices in the industry.