Sony is finally compensating users whose services were crippled for 23 days during the PlayStation Network, Sony Online Entertainment, and Qriocity breach of 2011. Emails have begun to go out to victims with instructions on how to claim the free game or PlayStation Plus extension promised as part of a settlement.
Roughly 77 million accounts were affected by the compromise of user information and in some cases credit card data. Only after seven days did Sony decide to tell its users, and after the dust settled, attempted to appease them by offering free games through a “Welcome Back” program. A 2014 class action lawsuit sought further damages, and its eventual settlement led to the additional compensation that’s going out now.
The free games come from the same list as the original Welcome Back promotion, which means they’re limited to PlayStation 3, Vita and PSP games. Highlights include inFamous, LittleBigPlanet, and the God of War HD Collection.
The compensatory vouchers can only be redeemed for those that filed the necessary claim early last year. If you filled out a form back then, you’ve already chosen between a game or membership extension and are locked into that pick. If you didn’t, you shouldn’t expect any emails from Sony.