Games are meant to be addictive, but it looks like a law firm from Canada finds Fortnite way too addictive, so they’re suing Epic Games. (How original...)
Calex Légal a law firm from Montreal, Canada, will be filling a class-action lawsuit against Epic Games for knowingly making Fortnite too addictive and not adequate warning players. CBC reports that the lawsuit is being filed on behalf of parents that claim that Fortnite causes chemical addiction, much like cocaine, and that it has negatively affected their children, aged 10 and 15.
The lawsuit also claims that Epic Games purposely made Fortnite as addictive as possible.
"Epic Games, when they created Fortnite, for years and years, hired psychologists - they really dug into the human brain and they really made the effort to make it as addictive as possible. They knowingly put on the market a very, very addictive game which was also geared toward youth." said Alessandra Esposito Chartrand, an attorney with Calex Légal.
The company was approached by the parents of the children, claiming that their kids are addicted to the game. Chartrand is asking other parents who believe that their children are addicted to get in touch with the company.
The lawsuit also quotes the World Health Organization’s classification of addiction to video games as a mental disorder.
The amount of money being sought by Calex in damages is still unknown, but since it’s Fortnite, there’s no doubt it’s a pretty big amount.