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10.17.19
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Lawsuit: “Fortnite” Is as Addictive as Cocaine, Ruins Lives

October 9th 19__Kristin Houser__Filed Under: Future Society
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Hell of a Game

On Thursday, a Canadian law firm filed a notice requesting permission to launch a class-action lawsuit against Epic Games — makers of the incredibly popular video game “Fortnite” — on behalf of two parents in Quebec.

The reason the parents want to sue? They believe “Fortnite” is as “addictive as cocaine” — and that Epic intentionally made it that way to hook kids.

Sleep, Fortnite, Repeat

Canada’s Global News reported on Friday that two parents reached out to Calex Legal separately because their sons had quickly become dependent on “Fortnite.”

One parent claims in the filing that their 10-year-old son has been playing the game almost daily for months and becomes “very frustrated and angry” whenever the parent tries to limit his playing time.

The other parent says in the filing that their 15-year-old son “quickly developed an addiction to ‘Fortnite.'”

The lawsuit goes on to note that some “Fortnite” players “don’t eat or shower, and no longer socialize.”

Addiction Specialists

That “Fortnite” is addictive is just one part of the lawsuit — another alarming claim is the allegation that Epic Games wanted it to be addictive.

“Epic Games, when they created ‘Fortnite,’ for years and years, hired psychologists — they really dug into the human brain and they really made the effort to make it as addictive as possible,” Calex Legal attorney Alessandra Esposito Chartrand told CBC. “They knowingly put on the market a very, very addictive game which was also geared toward youth.”

An Epic Games spokesperson told USA Today that the company does not comment on ongoing litigation.

READ MORE: Lawsuit accuses Fortnite maker of designing game to be addictive [CNET]

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