In case you forgot due to recent hacks and outages of the PlayStation Network, back in 2011 PSN was totally and completely hacked. The network went down and some user’s personal information was leaked to malicious groups. Eventually Sony tried to make good with their customers by offering free games and other perks, but a class action lawsuit was still filed asking for more compensation for gamer’s time and frustration. Sony eventually settled that lawsuit for a reported $15 million, and now you can get your piece of that money with the claim form that has become available today.
Those who signed up to be notified of further developments in the lawsuit, such as Reddit user mmavipc, received an email detailing who qualifies, how to make a claim, and what you can expect to received. These details can be seen below:
The Class includes everyone in the US (including its territories) who had a PSN account, a Qriocity account, or an SOE account at any time before May 15, 2011.
What does the settlement provide?
There are various benefits, depending in part on what type of account(s) you had. Benefits you could get (if you qualify) include:
- Payment equal to paid wallet balances (if $2 or more) in PSN or SOE accounts that have been inactive since the Intrusions,
- One or more of the following: a free PS3 or PSP game, 3 free PS3 themes, or a free 3-month subscription to PlayStation Plus (once valid claims exceed $10 million, class members will still be eligible for one free month of PlayStation Plus),
- A free month of Music Unlimited for Qriocity accountholders who did not have a PSN account,
- $4.50 in SOE Station Cash (amounts will be reduced proportionally if valid claims exceed $4 million).
Identity Theft Reimbursement: If you had out-of-pocket charges due to actual identity theft, and have documentation proving that the theft was caused by the Intrusion(s), you can submit a claim for reimbursement up to $2,500. Reimbursements will be reduced proportionally if the total amount payable on all valid claims would exceed $1 million.
If you are eligible and would like to file a claim you can click here to head over to the official settlement website.