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#1 Jan 23 2015 at 3:00 PM Rating: Excellent
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More than three years ago, a crippling internet attack brought down Sony's PlayStation Network and interrupted service for more than a month. Legal showdowns ensued and today, people in the U.S. who used the company's online services can begin the process of getting their share of a $15 million settlement. Here's how.

E-mails have started going out today detailing what longtime users of PSN, Qriocity, or Sony Online Entertainment need to do to get the rewards being offered as part of Sony's $15 million make-good. You'll need to have had a PSN account before May 15, 2011 to qualify and some of the offerings include free games like Infamous, LittleBigPlanet and God of War HD. The wording makes a specific, probably-legally-required point of absolving Sony of any wrong-doing :

A settlement has been reached with the Sony Entities about the illegal and unauthorized attacks (the "Intrusions") in April 2011, on the computer network systems used to provide PlayStation Network ("PSN"), Qriocity, and Sony Online Entertainment ("SOE") services. The Sony Entities deny any claims of wrongdoing in this case, and the settlement does not mean that the Sony Entities violated any laws or did anything wrong.

Who is included? The Class includes everyone in the US (including its territories) who had a PSN account, a Qriocity account, or an SOE account at any time before May 15, 2011. What does the settlement provide?There are various benefits, depending in part on what type of account(s) you had. Benefits you could get (if you qualify) include:
Payment equal to paid wallet balances (if $2 or more) in PSN or SOE accounts that have been inactive since the Intrusions,
One or more of the following: a free PS3 or PSP game, 3 free PS3 themes, or a free 3-month subscription to PlayStation Plus (once valid claims exceed $10 million, class members will still be eligible for one free month of PlayStation Plus),A free month of Music Unlimited for Qriocity account holders who did not have a PSN account,$4.50 in SOE Station Cash (amounts will be reduced proportionally if valid claims exceed $4 million).1

Identity Theft Reimbursement: If you had out-of-pocket charges due to actual identity theft, and have documentation proving that the theft was caused by the Intrusion(s), you can submit a claim for reimbursement up to $2,500. Reimbursements will be reduced proportionally if the total amount payable on all valid claims would exceed $1 million.

How can I get benefits? To get benefits, you must file a claim form. Claim forms are available at WWW.PSNSOESETTLEMENT.COM. You can also request claim forms from the Claims Administrator by writing to PSN-SOE Settlement, PO Box 1947, Faribault, MN 55021 or by calling 1-877-552-1284. The earliest deadline to file a claim is August 31, 2015, or 60 days after the settlement becomes final and effective. Visit the website for more details on submitting a claim online or by mail. Your other options. Even if you do nothing, you will be bound by the Court's decisions. If you want to keep your right to sue the Sony Entities yourself, you must exclude yourself from the Settlement Class by April 10, 2015. If you stay in the Settlement Class, you may object to the settlement by April 10, 2015. For instructions on how to exclude yourself from the Class or object to the settlement, please see WWW.PSNSOESETTLEMENT.COM.
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#2 Jan 24 2015 at 12:07 AM Rating: Good
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I already have most of the games and not interested in the remaining ones so I went with the 3 months of PSN Plus since I let my account lapse a bit ago.
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#3 Jan 24 2015 at 5:56 AM Rating: Good
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Just checking... The Welcome Back campaign was the bonus they gave us as compensation after the big downtime, right? It was 3 free things? A choice. I think I got... Infamous? and some small stuff.

Thinking of filling it out. Probably just sign up for Puppeteer or something like that.
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#4 Jan 24 2015 at 1:47 PM Rating: Decent
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I took the free three months. Now to see how long it takes to actually get it.
#5 Jan 24 2015 at 2:12 PM Rating: Good
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TirithRR wrote:
Just checking... The Welcome Back campaign was the bonus they gave us as compensation after the big downtime, right? It was 3 free things? A choice. I think I got... Infamous? and some small stuff.


Correct, the Welcome Back Campaign gave us three free games and some other stuff IIRC. I grabbed God of War HD as I wasn't interested in the other games/themes, and I couldn't get the 3 months of PS+ as I am a current subscriber.
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When you say "grabbed" do you mean filled out the form? Or is there an electronic version? I saw a PDF that I'd have to print and then mail in...

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Silly me, I see the online form link right at the bottom.

Edited, Jan 24th 2015 3:19pm by TirithRR
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I think I'm going to pass on my mighty $4.50 in Station Cash for games I never play.
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I've got a lot of left over station cash from subscribing to EQ2 for a short time, as they gave some each month with the renewal.
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#9 Jan 24 2015 at 10:30 PM Rating: Good
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Looks like it's only good for 'Muricans. :(
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#10 Jan 24 2015 at 11:15 PM Rating: Good
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Looks like it's only good for 'Muricans. :(


Sorry, U.S. Court ruling so U.S. only claims. Check if anyone in your area has a Class Action going as well.
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#11 Jan 25 2015 at 2:27 AM Rating: Good
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I think I'm going to pass on my mighty $4.50 in Station Cash for games I never play.
You don't play EQ anymore?


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If we burned everyone that doesn't play EQ anymore, we'd probably run out oil before we finished with them all.
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I just received an email from Playstation today with the selected game.

So now I get a brand new PS3 game to play!
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