Thursday, 17 October, 2019

Lawsuit compares ‘Fortnite’ to cocaine addiction

A lot has happened in Fortnite’s history making tons of players look forward to the rumors of a new map. Credit Epic Games A lot has happened in Fortnite’s history making tons of players look forward to the rumors of a new map. Credit Epic Games
Emmett Howard | 08 October, 2019, 10:29

"We dug into it and we realised there was a strong case for it", said Calex Légal attorney Alessandra Esposito Chartrand, and the lawsuit will be aimed at Epic Games and its Canadian branch.

Similarly, Epic Games is accused of failing to disclose the possibility of addiction.

The lawsuit is being filed on behalf of the parents of a 10-year-old and 15-year-old minor. In an announcement last week Calex Légal invited concerned parties to get in touch, stating that its clients were parents whose children were "highly dependent" on the game.

The lawsuit says that Epic Games should have warned players of the risks they'll face by playing the game and that the game company knew their creation was "dangerously addictive".

The legal challenge is built upon the idea that Epic had the duty to inform players about the potential effects of playing Fortnite.

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The filing follows the basis of the 2015 Quebec Superior Court ruling, which stated that tobacco companies failed to warn their customers about the harmful effects of smoking. If the class-action lawsuit is cleared, anyone who feels the same would also be able to join the complaint.

The UK's National Health Service found that "Gaming Addiction" can be treated on its current plan after it was declared as a medical disorder by the World Health Organization earlier in the year. The case stems from parents' claims that the game ruined their children's lives. All claims should be settled through individual arbitration.

There is no information on how much the legal firm is seeking in damages.

For its part, Epic Games has yet to comment on the legal challenge filed against it.

The perpetrators took advantage of a security flaw in Fortnite's login system, which allowed them to impersonate legitimate gamers and made several in-game purchases using associated bank accounts.

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