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Why ‘Fortnite’ Is Facing Lawsuits

The maker of Fortnite may face a class-action lawsuit in Canada after two parents of teenage sons alleged last week the company purposely designed the multiplayer video game to be as addictive as cocaine, according to reports.

The Montreal-based law firm, Calex Légal, filed a motion in Quebec Superior Court Thursday on behalf of two parents who approached the firm separately about their 10- and 15-year-old sons, who they claim developed a severe dependence on the game, USA Today reported.

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The suit, which has yet to be approved by the court, seeks to hold the U.S.-based video game publisher Epic Games Inc., as well as its Canadian affiliate based in British Columbia, accountable for using psychologists and statisticians “to develop the most addictive game possible.”

“The addiction to the game Fortnite has real consequences on the lives of players, many of whom have developed problems such that they do not eat, do not shower and no longer socialize,” the lawsuit states. “Moreover, rehabilitation centers specifically dedicated to addiction to Fortnite have opened all over the world, particularly in Quebec and Canada, to treat people for addiction.”

Calex Légal attorney Alessandra Esposito Chartrand told the Canadian Global News that the lawsuit stems back to the same legal basis as a Quebec Superior Court ruling in 2015 that determined tobacco companies were responsible for disclosing the health risks of using their products. The lawsuit also noted that the World Health Organization last year declared video game addition, or “gaming disorder,” a disease. The game is free to use but requires players purchase virtual currency to buy accessories and other add-ons for their virtual players.

“The defendants used the same tactics as the creators of slot machines, or variable reward programs, (to ensure) the dependence of its users,” the lawsuit, which was translated from French, alleges. “Children are particularly vulnerable to this manipulation since their self-control system in the brain is not developed enough.”

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  1. My 11 year old great grandson is also addicted to fortnight and it is getting out of control every where!!!

    • GEE…When I was young, my TV privileges were limited to 2 hours on weekdays, 4 hours on Saturday and Sunday, homework first/ As I said earlier, every computer has an On/Off switch. Grow a pair, be a PARENT!

    • Obviously the parents are incapable of self control. Stop blaming everyone else for your failures

  2. Yes, of course the parents have NO responsibility in this. When I worked in Quebec our attorney’s told us that the law of COMMON SENSE prevails. Instead of someone slipping on an icy sidewalk and suiting you, it’s the person’s responsibility to be careful because they know it’s slippery.
    All computers have an on/off switch.

  3. Just Some Poor Schmuck

    It’s your responsibility to ensure that they get up and go to school, shower, etc. When I was a police dispatcher I received a call from a lady who’s son would not get out of bed or go to school. She wanted a policeman to come to her house and drag him out of bed and take him to school. I told her that we didn’t have policemen to do that. It was a parenting issue. I also told her that if I had done that, my mother would have dumped a bucked of cold water on me. I also told her that I was not advising that she do that.

  4. Really then don let your kids play the game it’s about parental responsibility. Grow the heck up you people and start raising your kids and stop using electronics as an excuse for everything that’s wrong with them.

  5. Anybody with any sense knows these games are setup to addict anyone especially the young and innocent. In the same context, parents have abdicated their parental responsibilities and allowed their children to be baby sit/occupied by these games so they are not perplexed by having to spend time looking after their children. Also, parents have allowed the government to gradually mandate what is right and wrong for our children through our own ineptness concerning our children.

  6. Hopefully the court will toss the lawsuit and charge the plaintiffs with all costs, including the defendant’s legal fees. No one is willing to take responsibility for their own actions and the rest of us are forced to accept their idiotic and or perverted lives as the norm. Time to tell them to get a job and a life.

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