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Virtual Legality Episode 126

Fallout Down Under: Why Australia Just Ordered Refunds for Fallout 76

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has ordered Bethesda parent Zenimax Media to offer refunds of Fallout 76 to Australian purchasers who contacted the company prior to June of this year.

Why did the ACCC make this determination?

Why did Zenimax agree to it?

Why can't we read the statement as establishing that the "faults" in Fallout 76 did actually violate the Australian Consumer Law?

And what (if anything) does this mean for the rest of the world?

Refunds, refunds never change…in Virtual Legality.

#Fallout76 #Refunds #Australia


Discussed in this episode:

"Virtual Legality #1 - Refund Fallout 76 (Hoeg Law)"
YouTube - November 27, 2018 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/4ULiwMFEtnY

"@HoegLaw"
Tweet - October 31, 2019 - Old Saint Thick (@moonsbro)
https://twitter.com/moonsbro/status/1190096376123650049

"ZeniMax to refund consumers for Fallout 76 in Australia"
Tweet - October 31, 2019 - Wario64 (@Wario64)
https://twitter.com/Wario64/status/1190083656225681408

"ZeniMax to refund consumers for the Fallout 76 game"
ACCC Statement - November 1, 2019
https://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/zenimax-to-refund-consumers-for-the-fallout-76-game

"The Australian Consumer Law"
Legislation Summary - Australian Government Site
https://consumerlaw.gov.au/australian-consumer-law/legislation

Schedule 2 to the Australian Competition and Consumer Act of 2010
https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00264/Html/Volume_3#_Toc19109028

"ZENIMAX MEDIA TERMS OF SERVICE"
Updated: June 17, 2019
https://bethesda.net/en/document/terms-of-service


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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.

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