Fortnite is children's cocaine: Epic Games threaten to sue because of the excitement of the “battle royale”

The popularity of Fortnite brought Epic Games not only fame, but also legal proceedings. First to the company

filed lawsuits for the use of dances, and now they have decided to sue for the gameplay being too interesting.

What is known

According to CBC, Law firm Calex Légalis preparing a lawsuit against Epic Games. According to lawyer Alessandra Esposito Chartrand, the office received a letter from the parents of two minor children. In the message, they equated the effect of Fortnite to cocaine, which provokes the production of dopamine in children, making them addicted to entertainment.

Chartrand is confident that Epic Games intentionally made the game so fun with the help of psychologists:

“Epic Games has been creating Fortnite for many yearshired psychologists - they really dug into the human brain and tried to make the game as exciting as possible. They deliberately put on the market a very, very addictive game that was also aimed at young people."

Alessandra Esposito Chartrand

According to the lawyer, since the company releasedSince the game is so “addictive,” it must warn users about the risks of addiction. Therefore, the basis for a possible lawsuit was a 2015 Quebec Superior Court case, when tobacco companies wanted to force warnings about the dangers of smoking.

“It's basically the same legal basis. It all revolves around companies’ duty to inform,” Chartrand said.

The second cause of action was the recent decisionThe World Health Organization classifies video game addiction as a disease. Since the game is so dangerously addictive, the manufacturer should inform about this.

“Both parents stated:“If we had known that the game was so addictive and could ruin our children’s lives, we would either never have allowed them to play Fortnite, or we would have monitored them much more carefully,” Chartrand added.

The Epic Games agreement states that for the gameIn Fortnite, users must opt ​​out of class or individual lawsuits. Instead, issues should be resolved through arbitration. According to Chartrand, these rules do not work in Quebec, and the consumer protection law forces companies to indicate the risks associated with their services.