In a class action settlement announced last summer, Sony is offering free games to PlayStation users who suffered a network outage in 2011. Gamers who has US-based PlayStation Network, Qriocity or Sony Online Entertainment account before May 15, 2011 are eligible to claim the free games and other goodies.
Each eligible user will be eligible for either one PS3 game, free themes or three months of PlayStation Plus for new subscribers. For availing the Plus subscription, users can empty their PS wallets and cancel the account. Users will need to file a claim on the website and players who can prove that they have suffered an identity theft can claim $2500.
Though the PSN network outage in 2011 affected users around the world, the offering of the company will be applicable only to US users. The settlement for each user will be different as inactive accounts and taking advantage of the company’s “Welcome Back” promotions after the restoration of service. The company is offering some less-exiting games like Infamous, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD, God of War HD and other titles.
However, some free themes are being offered and users are likely to choose the three-month PlayStation Plus subscribers, though it is not applicable to existing users. The move is seen as a way to compensate the users for the outage that lasted for a month. The outage led to the leak of about 77 million PSN users online. Users can file the claims on the company website till August 31.
The Japanese giant has been under a series of cyber attacks, including the recent denial of service (DDoS) attack by hacker group Lizard Squad. Sony had also offered Christmas goodies at a later date after users were not able to use the PlayStation network last Christmas and were restored two days later.[ Source ]