Published: Tue, October 08, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Fortnite has the same effect as cocaine on kids’ brains, lawsuit says

Fortnite has the same effect as cocaine on kids’ brains, lawsuit says

The makers of Fortnite have been accused in a lawsuit of designing the online video game to be addictive.

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. The Canadian lawsuit, which seeks class action status, reportedly likens the game play to taking cocaine. "They knowingly put on the market an addictive game, geared towards younger people" he added.

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The suit, which has yet to be approved by the court, seeks to hold the USA -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". It has been alleged that Epic Games' hired psychologists to purposefully make the game super-addictive.

The parents told the lawyers that if they had only known that the game was so addictive and would ruin their child's life, then they would have never allowed them to start playing it or they would have paid closer attention to their gaming.

Last year, the World Health Organization classified video game addiction as a disease, defining it as "a pattern of gaming behavior characterized by impaired control over gaming, increased priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences". However, Chartrand said the game's terms of service don't hold up in court in the province since Quebec's Consumer Protection Act requires companies to tell their customers about the potential risks associated with their products or services.

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