Mommy and daddy are suing Fortnite because it’s bad for kids

Calex Légal, a law firm in Quebec, Canada, is preparing a class-action lawsuit against Epic Games, alleging that Fortnite was intentionally created as an addictive product – “like cocaine” – and that the developer has not adequately warn parents of the potential dangers for children.

“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,” attorney Alessandra Esposito Chartrand tells CBC. “They knowingly put on the market a very, very addictive game which was also geared toward youth.”

The legal team claims that despite a clause in the Fortnite terms of service which directly prohibits anyone from taking Epic Games to court over the game, it has a legitimate case against the studio thanks to Quebec’s Consumer Protection Act, which forces companies to disclose risks associated with their products based on a precedent established by a 2015 Canadian court ruling about tobacco. The case also cites World Health Organisation’s recent decision to officially recognise “gaming disorder” as a real addictive disorder.

At present, the law firm has not stated its actual demands and Epic Games has not commented on the matter either.

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