A Quebec judge has allowed the continuation of a class-action lawsuit against Epic Games arguing that Fortnite is “very addictive”. The lawsuit, filed by three parents in the province of Canada, claims that the compulsive nature of the game has caused their children psychological, physical and financial harm.
Based on CTVThe kids in question have played thousands of hours of games in just a few years and spent hundreds of dollars on characters and dances, sometimes without their parents knowing. One of the children is said to have scored more than 7,781 hours of gameplay in less than two years, almost as much as a whole calendar year to play. It also claims that the children spend so much time playing the game that they refuse to eat, socialize or shower on certain days.
The judge’s decision at this time means that the case has sufficient grounds to proceed under Canadian law, but these claims have yet to be proven in court. Epic Games’ legal representative argued that there is no clear definition of video game addiction by contemporary clinical standards. But in her ruling, the judge wrote that the claims were not “frivolous or clearly unfounded.” He also notes that ignorance about video game addiction doesn’t directly contradict parental claims, comparing it to cigarettes in the 20th century.
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