The popularity of Fortnite brought Epic Games not only fame, but also litigation. First to the company
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According to CBC, Calex Légal Law Firmis preparing a lawsuit against Epic Games. According to Alessandra's lawyer Esposito Chartrand, a letter from the parents of two minor children came to the office. In the message, they equated the effect of Fortnite with cocaine, which provokes the production of dopamine in children, making them addicted to entertainment.
Chartrand is convinced that Epic Games intentionally made the game so exciting with the help of psychologists:
“Epic Games, creating Fortnite, for many yearshired psychologists - they really delved into the human brain and tried to make the game as exciting as possible. They deliberately launched a very, very addictive game on the market, which was also targeted at young people. ”
Alessandra Esposito Chartrand
According to the lawyer, once the company issuedsince an “addictive” game, it should warn users about the risks of addiction. Therefore, the basis for a possible lawsuit was the case of the Supreme Court of Quebec in 2015, when tobacco companies wanted to force them to warn about the dangers of smoking.
“Basically, this is the same legal basis. It all revolves around the obligation of companies to inform, ”said Chartrand.
The second reason for the lawsuit was the recent decision.The World Health Organization classifies video game addiction as a disease. Once the game is so dangerous addiction, the manufacturer must inform about it.
“Both parents stated: “If we knew that the game is so addictive and can ruin the lives of our children, then we would either never let them play Fortnite, or we would follow them more carefully,” Chartrand added.
The Epic Games agreement says that for playingFortnite users should opt out of group or individual claims. Instead, issues must be resolved in arbitration. According to Chartrand, in Quebec these rules do not work, and the law on the protection of consumer rights forces companies to indicate the risks associated with their services.