August 2020: A federal judge granted preliminary approval of a settlement agreement that would provide class members with cash awards in an amount that depends on how much they spent on in-app purchases while playing games and the number of class members who file claims. The company also agreed to give players the option to “self-exclude” (or prevent players association with their unique ID from playing games or using apps) and make information relating to video game behavior disorders available within the apps and through customer service representatives. In addition, the company represented that it changed the mechanics of games so that players can continue playing without purchasing virtual coins. A final fairness hearing is scheduled for February 11, 2021. For more information, go to PlaytikaSettlement.com.
April 2018: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Playtika for allegedly misleadingly representing that its online slot machine games – including Caesars Slots, Slotomania, House of Fun, and Vegas Downtown Slots – are free when, according to the plaintiffs, players need “coins” to play and, after they use all of the free coins given to first-time visitors, players need to purchase more coins to continue playing the games. The complaint also claims that the online casino games violate Washington law because they are illegal gambling games. (Wilson et al v. Playtika, LTD, Playtika Holding Corp. and Caesars Interactive Entertainment, LLC, Case No. 18-cv-5277, W.D. Wash.)