In April 2011, the PlayStation Network suffered a massive breach compromising the personal data of more than 70 million accounts and shut down the network for nearly a month. A class action lawsuit resulted, and Sony has reached a compensation settlement.

If you had a PlayStation Network, Qriocity, or Sony Online Entertainment account before May 15, 2011, then you were affected by the breach and are eligible for a few different compensations from a list of choices. Depending on the service(s) you were or are subscribed to there are a few options ranging from money back, to free additional time with paid services. Regarding the PlayStation Network, there is the option of getting some free games, some free dynamic themes, or three-months of PlayStation Plus if you are not already a Plus subscriber.

The games up for grabs, of which you can choose one or two depending on your eligibility, include PlayStation 3 and PSP titles. PlayStation 3 options include Dead Nation, Infamous, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD, Rain, Puppeteer, Invizimals: Lost Kingdom, and God of War HD. PSP options include LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, Patapon 3, Killzone Liberation, Wipeout Pure, and Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror.

You can also choose, as another option, to redeem free dynamic themes based on games like Wipeout HD, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Tokyo Jungle, The Last of Us, and Ratchet & Clank.

Getting your free stuff does require some homework. You can head here to grab the necessary forms, which are strikingly similar to tax forms, and mail them to Sony before Aug‌ust 31, 2015. You can find more details about the compensations on page two.


Our Take
I'm surprised to learn Sony is still dealing with the repercussions of the 2011 attack, but am thankful it is and that it means compensation for the those affected.