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Sony finally hands out free game codes for its 2011 hack

It's been almost five years since PlayStation services went down for 23 days.
Matt Brian, @m4tt
March 8, 2016
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If you were one of the 70 million Sony customers affected by the 2011 Sony hack, and took the time to fill in a lengthy claim form following the intrusion, now is the time to check your inbox. Since March 2nd, Sony has been compensating PlayStation Network, Qriocity or Sony Online Entertainment account holders as a result of a class action settlement against it in 2014. On offer are free download codes for a number of PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PSP games, as well as a handful of themes.

What you can claim depends on which services you were signed up to at the time of the attack and the choices you made at the start of last year. If you grabbed a free game as part of Sony's "Welcome Back" promotion shortly after the attack, you'll get one more, if not, you can pick two up now. The list includes games like inFamous, LittleBigPlanet and God of War HD Collection but they'll only work on your PS3 or handheld. Sony also offered account credits or a free PSN subscription if the titles on offer didn't appeal.

Sony will be glad to put the $2.75 million class action suit behind it and move on. For gamers, the time to enjoy the free games has probably passed but at least the company finally made good on its promise.

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