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Sony agrees to offer users free games and PS Plus subs as part of $15 million PSN hack settlement

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Posted on July 24, 2014 AT 04:34am

Sony Computer Entertainment America has agreed to give away $15 million worth of content as compensation to U.S. users who were affected by the 2011 PlayStation Network hack.

The $15 million is an agreed settlement to a class action lawsuit (via: Polygon) brought against the company following the data breach, which resulted in the names, addresses, and credit card data in some cases of 77 million accounts being stolen. As a result of the hack, the network was down for several weeks. At the time Sony apologized and offered users a free game as compensation, but that wasn’t enough for some who decided to file a class action lawsuit. The U.K. also fined Sony £250,000 for a ”serious breach of the Data Protection Act.”

OK, that’s enough back story, you’re probably more interested in the free stuff right? Well for a start this is only available to PSN users in the U.S. who were affected. If you held an active PSN account at any time to prior to May 15, 2011 and you live in the U.S. then you are eligible to claim.

There are two claim instances: The first is if you didn’t pick a free game from the Welcome Back Pack offered in 2011. In this case you will able to pick two of the following: One free game from a list of 14 PS3 and PSP titles, three PS3 themes from a list of six, or three free months of PlayStation Plus. These will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, up to an aggregate cap of $6 million. Once this cap is reached only one month of PS Plus can be claimed.

If you did claim your free Welcome Back game then you can only choose one of the above options. Again this is on a first-come, first-served basis, with the claim being reduced to a one-month PS Plus subscription after $4 million.

Qriocity account holders who didn’t have an active PSN account will be entitled to one month of Music Unlimited, worth $4.99. While Sony Online Entertainment account holders are entitled to $4.50 worth of Station Cash.

Please note that all this is yet to be officially finalized, so things may change, and there is currently no way to make a claim.

Source: Sony Settlement
Via: Polygon 

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