Class of Clans Class Action Overview:
- Who: A minor plaintiff has filed a class action lawsuit against Supercell Inc., the seller of “free” video games Clash of Clans, Clash Royale and Brawl Stars.
- Why: Supercell allegedly mismarkets the games as “free” but reaps billions of dollars in purchases by getting kids to buy in-game currency.
- Where: The Clash of Clans class action lawsuit has been filed in federal court in California.
The seller of popular “free” video games Clash of Clans, Clash Royale and Brawl Stars is facing a class action lawsuit over the sale of in-game currency to minors.
The lawsuit alleges that the seller, Supercell Inc., markets these video games as free games, but derives billions of dollars in revenue from the games through the sale of in-game currency. Much of that revenue comes from children. who play these games, according to the Clash of Clans class action lawsuit.
Although the games can be played without making any in-game purchases, many of their most sought-after avatars and other in-game items can only be purchased with virtual currency called “gems”.
Some gems can be earned through gameplay, but most gems would require users to purchase them with real money.
“This system was created to capitalize on and encourage addictive behavior,” the Clash of Clans class action lawsuit states. “Minors are particularly susceptible to these addictive game design elements.”
“The experience of acquiring in-game items is very engaging for miners and reinforces their desire to keep playing and keep making purchases.”
Supercell is said to have earned more than $2 billion in 2021. The Clash Royale class action lawsuit claims that Supercell pursues these huge profits at the expense of minors and does not provide an unlimited right to seek refunds for in-game purchases made by minors such as minors. demands California. right.
Clash of Clans class action claims California law allows minors to terminate contracts and be entitled to a refund
California law allows minors to terminate contracts without restriction.
Supercell reportedly requires its terms of service to be accepted by legal adults, but continues to target minors, according to the Brawl Stars class action lawsuit. Supercell would allow players whose age has not been verified, or whose age has been verified to be under 18, to make in-game purchases.
Claimant TT, a minor from California, allegedly had his own Clash Royale account and made several in-game purchases with his own money. He later regretted making the purchases and wanted to request a refund.
However, TT was unable to request a refund as Supercell’s policy is that all purchases are non-refundable.
It seeks to represent a category of miners who have purchased virtual currency or an in-game perk or exchanged in-game currency for an in-game perk within Clash of Clans, Clash Royale and/or Brawl Stars.
Activision Blizzard is facing a similar class action for allegedly denying refunds to minors making in-game purchases.
Do you think Supercell should refund miners who purchased in-game currency through Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, and Brawl Stars? Join the discussion in the comments!
Plaintiff is represented by L. Timothy Fisher, Philip L. Fraietta, Alec M. Leslie, Matthew A. Girardi and Julian C. Diamond of Bursor & Fisher PA.
The Class Action Clash of Clans is TT c. Supercell Inc.Case No. 3:22-cv-03196-LB, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
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