Parents filing a lawsuit against the creators of Fortnite have accused the developers of knowingly making the game as addictive as cocaine.
"Just five more minutes." Four words that have been uttered by children to their parents for as long as video games have been in existence. Although more prevalent today due to the ease of access now that kids and adults alike can game on the go, children seeming as if they are addicted to certain video games is certainly nothing new.
Although that might be true, we can never remember a game making quite the impact that Fortnite has managed. Believe it or not, the global phenomenon was only launched a little more than two years ago. Hard to believe considering its reach. Fortnite has dominated more than the gaming world, and we even witnessed soccer players using dances and taunts from the game to celebrate scoring goals during last year's World Cup.
As amusing as Fortnite's effects on athletes have been to watch, some parents are concerned with the stranglehold the game has on their children. In particular, two parents in Montreal. The parents have started a class-action lawsuit against the developers of Fortnite, Epic Games, reports HotNewHipHop. The lawsuit claims Epic purposefully made Fortnite as addictive as it is, even accusing the developers of specifically targeting children.
"Epic Games, when they created Fortnite, for years and years, hired psychologists," stated attorney Alessandra Esposito Chartrand. Apparently, playing Fortnite causes the brain to release dopamine, similar to what cocaine use does to the body and hence leads its users to become addicted. The allegation is that Epic knew exactly what it was doing and wanted people to be as addicted to Fortnite as they would be to using hard drugs.
Quite the accusation, but history would point towards Epic winning the case. A number of people have attempted to bring legal action to Epic's door, claiming dances and taunts they created were used in Fortnite without their permission. So far, none of those claims have been successful. It also states in Fortnite's TOS that players lose the right to sue the company. However, Quebec's Consumer Protection Act may turn that clause into something of a grey area in this case.