Sony Computer Entertainment America have reached an agreement which means $15 million worth of digital content will be offered to any gamers affected by the 2011 PlayStation Network breach.
At the time, the breach resulted in the PlayStation Network going offline for almost three week due to attacks which Sony later admitted personal user details had been compromised. As a result of the attack and downtime, Sony offered a Welcome Back package at the time, allowing users to pick between two free PS3 games, two free PSP games and a PlayStation Plus membership.
A class action lawsuit followed as many agreed that the Welcome Back package was not enough, and now, three years later, Sony are said to have reached the settlement that will see $15 million worth of digital content given as compensation.
The settlement has yet to be approved by a judge, at the time of posting.
If the settlement is accepted and approved, anyone who had a PSN account in 2011 and did not claim the Welcome Back pack, will get to choose between two of the following options;
- One PS3 game (from a choice of fourteen)
- One PSP game (from a choice of fourteen)
- Three PS3 themes (from a choice of six)
- Three months PlayStation Plus membership
It’s worth noting that the rewards stack – for example, you could pick two PS3 games or six months PlayStation Plus membership, which is likely to be the most appealing option to Vita owners. The lack of Vita software on offer is somewhat disappointing, although at the time of the attack the Vita hadn’t actually launched.
Anyone that did claim the Welcome Back pack at the time will not be left out, but instead will get to choose one of the options above.
So what do you think – Is the settlement enough? Did you have a compromised PSN account back in 2011? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.