Jun 23, 2016 08:47 AM EDT
Sony Agrees to Pay Playstation Owners Millions Over Old PS3 Lawsuit
After the legal process that took six years, Sony agrees to pay the PlayStation owners regarding the company's 2010 firmware update that deleted support for the Linux operating system in the PS3.
It has been believed that Linux support was removed by Sony over piracy concerns, Forbes reported.
On Friday, Sony and lawyers settled a deal - that a PlayStation owner who used Linux on their PS3 can claim $55, while for those owners who went out and bought a PlayStation 3 for the reason of the ability to run Linux on it had been advertised will be given an additional $9, Ars Technica reported.
PlayStation owners can get the $55 if they can provide a proof of their purchase or can come up with a serial number and PlayStation Network Sign-in ID.
The terms of the multinational conglomerate corporation also provide up to $2.25 million in attorneys' fees for the lawyers who brought the legal dispute.
Under Sony's deal, gamers are eligible for a cash payment to all individuals in the U.S. who purchased a Fat PS3 model between November 1, 2006, and April 1, 2010. However, no specific details of the accord stated how much it would cost the entertainment company, but, Sony is expected to pay out millions.
According to the statement of the attorneys, the affected console owners could reach up to 10 million, Engadget reported.
The deal also claimed that Sony will need to notify users about the settlement thru the email database of PlayStation, as well as making advertisements on popular technology and gaming sites.
The lawsuit of Sony stemmed from the company's decision in 2010 to eliminate the PS3 software update 3.21 - which the PS3 owners are allowed to install an operating system.
However, the settlement still requires court approval, and hearing on the proposed deal was slated for July, before U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, in Oakland, California.
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