Settlement process underway for 2011 PSN hack

PlayStation Network users involved in the 2011 hack of Sony’s console service are at last being offered legal restitution in the form of free games, subscriptions and themes.

Games Industry reports PSN account holders who had their personal info stolen during the security breach have been given the choice between select PS3 and PSP games, PS3 themes, or a three-month subscription to PlayStation Plus.

The PS Plus option is only available if the claimant isn’t already a subscriber, while the free games are limited to a list of eight PS3 and six PSP titles.

Along with the general restitution, individual claimants that are able to prove out-of-pocket expenses due to identity theft stemming from the hack, the claims fund will pay out reimbursements of up to $2,500 – all such claims are to be proportionately scaled down if the total amount would exceed $1 million.

Furthermore, if a customer stopped using PSN because of the hack and carried a positive balance of $2 or more in their PSN account, they can have the account closed permanently and receive a reimbursement on the unused funds.

The settlement site notes it’s still subject to court approval at a hearing scheduled for May 1st, and claims can be made until August 31st. Here’s an image of the claimant’s option form:

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