Compensation Codes for 2011 PSN Breach Going Out Now
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Almost five years after the 2011 PlayStation Network breach, Sony is now dispersing the promised compensation, including free games. Game Informer reports that codes for free games are going out now for people who applied for the compensation back in January 2015 when Sony started accepting claims.
Anyone who had a PlayStation Network, Qriocity, or Sony Online Entertainment account before May 15, 2011 was able to file a settlement claim.
Individual compensation varies depending in part on what type of account(s) you had at the time of the breach. Some of the options, per Sony's official descriptions, included:
- 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 (see the list of games here), three free PS3 themes, or a free three-month subscription to 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.
This compensation stems from a class-action lawsuit brought against Sony for the PSN breach; it ultimately resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement.
For a detailed breakdown of the infamous 2011 attack, which brought the online service down for close to a month and led to a US Congressional Hearing, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.