GameStop Ordered to Pay $15 to California Consumers in Class-Action Settlement
In California, gamers are rubbing their hands together in anticipation of receiving $15 in GameStop goodness after a lawsuit was settled in their favor. It seems as though consumers in California banded together to sue the retailer because they bought used video games that had been reduced by about five or ten bucks off of the new price with the understanding that they’d be able to have access to DLC that was advertised as “free.” Then, when they were hit up with fees to buy the DLC, the resultant costs often topped what they would’ve had to spend if they’d bought the games new.
According to a post on PC Mag, GameStop has settled with the petitioners, and will be giving $10 checks and $5 coupons to PowerUp Rewards members who had bought the games associated with the suit, while non-members who bought the games can receive checks for $5 and coupons for $10. The games in question aren’t mentioned in the post.
GameStop is also now required to post signs in its California stores for the next two years, as well as on its website, explaining that customers may have to pay extra for DLC that may be advertised on the box as free.
Said Mark Pifko, the lawyer on behalf of the plaintiffs:
“We are pleased that as a result of this lawsuit, we were able to obtain complete restitution for consumers, with actual money paid out to people who were harmed by GameStop’s conduct. The in-store and online warnings are an important benefit under the settlement as well, because if GameStop discloses the truth to consumers, it is unlikely that they will be able to continue selling used copies of certain games for only $5 less than the price of a new copy. In fact, we already know that not long after the lawsuit was filed, GameStop lowered prices for used copies of many of the game titles identified in the lawsuit.”
Chances are this will have a positive effect for used-gamers everywhere, not just in California. In order to mitigate the costs of buying formerly free DLC for used games, the store will likely drop the prices of used games more than they have in order to make used games an actual money-saving prospect.
So let’s all thank overly litigious California. Thanks, California! And thanks, overzealous lawyers!
Via PC Mag