Even though it was meant to be a class action lawsuit, Epic still somehow turned it into promotion as they'll be settling their loot box case with V-Bucks.
Randomized Loot Llamas have, of course, been removed quite a while ago, and even when they were available, they were strictly a Fortnite: Save the World feature. In fact, Epic were one of the first companies to ditch the loot box strategy, so the lawsuit is more of a reminder than punishment.
Nevertheless, Epic once again showed that their allegiances lie with players, as the company plans to start compensating players even before they were ordered to.
"Whether you were a fan of random item Loot Llamas or not, with preliminary approval for a class action settlement, we’re awarding 1,000 V-Bucks to anyone that purchased a random Loot Llama. While this settlement was for U.S. players only, we have decided to make this benefit available to players globally. There’s no action needed on your part, and you should receive your V-Bucks within the next few days", they wrote on the website.
Epic's lawyer stressed that it's the right thing to do, insisting they feel quite strongly about loot boxes, hence the decision to compensate everyone, and not just their players from the US.
As for the actual lawsuit, the final approval hearing of the settlement is expected in May, and it is widely expected that it will be approved as is.
Epic have repeatedly proven that loot boxes are not the only way to monetise gaming, and Fortnite certainly hasn't had any trouble in raking in all that dough, although it'll probably take a bit more before they're a thing of the past.
You can find Epic's announcement here .