Epic Being Sued Over Fortnite Being 'Very Addictive'
The case is being brought in Canada by parents of a 10 and 15 year old.
Video games are fun, but apparently Fortnite is something else entirely. That’s according to a new lawsuit being brought in Canada that suggests the game’s creators - Epic - deliberately sought to make the game addictive.
The Canadian law firm Calex Légal have filed the suit on behalf of the parents of two minors aged 10 and 15. In the suit, the firm claim that Epic “really dug into the human brain and they really made the effort to make it as addictive as possible” according to Alessandra Esposito Chartrand, a lawyer at the firm.
The basis of the suit is the same as one currently working its way through the courts. A 2015 ruling determined tobacco companies hadn’t warned their customers about the dangers of smoking. Calex Légal are arguing that Epic failed to do the same for Fortnite.
The 38 page document also makes note of the research into video game addiction, and specifically highlights the WHO ruling form last year that labelled it a disease. Chatrand was unable to say how much money her firm were seeking.
There’s a clause in Fortnite’s Terms of Service that means users give up their right to sue Epic, instead having to go through individual arbitration. However, Chatrand argues that those terms a null and void “because the province's Consumer Protection Act requires companies to clearly disclose risks associated with products or services."
It will be interesting to see how this one plays out.