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Did you just read about the FTC’s settlement with Epic Games related to in-game charges in Fortnite resulting in $245 million in refunds for some parents and players? Well, there’s a Part 2: the FTC has reached another settlement with Epic about its handling of privacy for kids and teens who played Fortnite.

When playing Fortnite, you might get matched up with other players to battle it out until there’s just one player or team left. Those players include kids and teens who make up a big part of the hundreds of millions of people who play Fortnite. And it also includes adults — anyone really.

What’s the problem? The FTC says the game’s default settings were not private — voice and text chat were automatically on, and turning that off was not easy. That meant players’ voices, including kids and teens, were automatically broadcast to friends and strangers alike. That also meant anyone who saw your kid’s display name, which was also automatically public, could send a friend request. So strangers could play with — and potentially talk and chat with — them again. This, says the FTC, resulted in kids being bullied, threatened, and harassed, including sexually, through Fortnite. For two years, Epic also didn’t get parents’ permission to collect information from their kids under 13 — something required by the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act.

To settle the FTC’s charges, Epic has agreed to change its default settings for kids and teens from public to private, so it blocks open voice and text chat by default. Epic will also put a privacy program in place and pay a $275 million penalty to the U.S. Treasury. (While there won’t be refunds under this settlement, you might be eligible for money back if you were unfairly charged. Learn more at

If you’re a parent, new games are almost certainly in your future this holiday season. Before your kids or teens start playing:

  • Know that usernames might be public. Talk about usernames. The best ones won’t include a user’s real name or other personal details about them.
  • Check the privacy settings in the game.  If the settings are hard to find or hard to make changes to, tell the FTC.

If you think a company is breaking the rules when it comes to you or your kids’ or teens’ privacy, tell the FTC at

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January 11, 2023

These gamings need be taken off of market, They are killing our children, they bully our children, they make our children weak. It is an addiction, a mental addiction. they beg borrow steal to play these games. Do something to make these things go away.

Callum white
April 28, 2023

Playstation players should be able to change their names anytime rather than paying for it ! This should be a option to all players so that if a kid or teen has their real name or details as their ign , they can always change it anytime and not pay $14 for just changing your ign💀

joshua simcox
January 11, 2023

hi i want a refund please

January 18, 2023

In reply to by joshua simcox

Josh , can we actually get refunds from Epic Games ?

It so how ?

Phillis M Robinson
January 11, 2023

Yes I was a victim of this process. When asked after making a purchase I even selected to not save my information and they saved it anyway and made withdrawals on several occasions. I reported it several time before having to cancel my cards

Phillis M Robinson
January 12, 2023

Yes I was a victim of this process. When asked after making a purchase I even selected to not save my information and they saved it anyway and made withdrawals on several occasions. I reported it several time before having to cancel my cards

January 18, 2023

Hi i am a victim of this situation and i want a refund.

January 23, 2023

Want to sign up unable to

michael serrano
February 14, 2023

where do i get my refound

Nancy Davis
February 24, 2023

My step-daughter was a victim of Fortnites lack of privacy practices. She was 14 when I caught her setting with a 21 yr old that she met through Fortnite. Does anyone know if there's a class action lawsuit over this?

Alex T
February 27, 2023

I was a victim to this, multiple times have I tried inspecting the item, and upon viewing, would often times purchase. Sometimes I’d log on and notice V-Bucks missing, and alerts in the locker; but no one would use my account nor would I purchase any. A refund is definitely overdue.

Brayden Aguirre
March 20, 2023

The in game currency is too easy to spend. I wasted my money just for the in game currency to be gone in 5 seconds for something I didn’t want.

christian lucas
March 28, 2023

i would like a refund because i bought a lot of stuff and it did not let me refund it
so i would like my money back