Canadian law firm Calex Legal sought permission to file a class action lawsuit against Epic Games on behalf of parents who claimed their children had become addicted to Fortnite.

In 2019, Canadian law firm Calex Legal sought permission to file a class action lawsuit against Epic Games on behalf of parents who claimed their children had become addicted to Fortnite. Now a judge in Quebec has given the green light to this lawsuit.

Games are often described as addictive, but in this case, the term is used literally. Calex Legal points out that Fortnite addiction is comparable to cocaine addiction, noting that in 2018, a British expert compared Fortnite to heroin.

The lawsuit alleges that Epic Games used “experts” to maximize player addiction, while failing to inform players of the risks and dangers associated with Fortntie. Epic also uses giveaways and prestige to get kids to spend as much time as possible in the game, including hosting a Fortnite Cup with a $30 million prize pool.

The lawsuit cites the case of a 13-year-old who started playing for a few hours a week and then began playing for hours every day. Sometimes he stayed up till 1 a.m. Another 10-year-old child became aggressive and rude while playing Fortnite. He also spent nearly $600 on in-game currency without his parents’ knowledge.

The lawsuit also cites the WHO as saying that “video game disorder” is on the list of diseases. It is claimed that the effect of games and Fortnite in particular on the brains of children is particularly dangerous, as they develop serious problems. There are references to problems with vocabulary and social integration.

Of course, Epic Games sees things differently. The company notes that the game has parental controls, allowing strict control over the time a child or teen spends in Fortnite. You also need to get permission from your parents. And there’s a spending limit for kids under 13.

The company believes the lawsuit is without merit and will fight it in court.

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