Three parents filed a lawsuit against Epic Games for causing their children to become addicted to the popular video game “Fortnite,” causing them to stop sleeping, eating, and showering.
The lawsuit filed in Quebec Superior Court claims Epic Games purposefully designed “Fortnite” to be “highly addictive.”
One of the parents claimed their child has played over 7,700 hours in less than two years — an average of three hours every day.
Another said their son had played almost 7,000 hours and got angry when the parents put a lock on his computer in an effort to limit game time, according to the complaint.
Justice Sylvain Lussier ruled Wednesday the lawsuit “does not appear frivolous or manifestly ill-founded” in approving class-action status.
The judge compared the legal claims to early whistleblowers of cigarette addiction, saying, “The harmful effect of tobacco was not recognized or admitted overnight.”
The court concludes that there is a serious issue to be argued, supported by sufficient and specific allegations as to the existence of risks or even dangers arising from the use of Fortnite,” the judge ruled.
US-based Epic Games launched “Fortnite” in 2017. It has more than 350 million players online. “Fortnite” is free to play but players can pay to use in-game money called “V Bucks” to buy upgrades. The game has reportedly generated more than $9 billion for Epic Games