Lawsuit compares ‘Fortnite’ to cocaine addiction

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MONTREAL — “Fortnite” causes an addiction for children that is similar to cocaine, according to a legal notice filed in Canada.

The CBC reports Montreal law firm Calex Legal is trying to get a class-action lawsuit authorized against Epic Games, the maker of “Fortnite.” The legal notice is filed on behalf of two parents for children ages 10 and 15, and says it releases dopamine into the brain of vulnerable kids who can become dependent on playing.

A lawyer at the firm told the CBC the game’s massive success is built on research and development aimed at creating an addictive game, and Epic hired psychologists to make the game as addictive as possible.

The lawsuit is based on a 2015 ruling that said tobacco companies didn’t warn consumers about the dangers of smoking.

In 2018, the World Health Organization classified video game addiction as a disease. Attorneys and the lawsuit argue Epic has a responsibility to warn users of something that is dangerously addictive.

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  • Ej

    These gaming systems and social media platforms were designed to alter your behavior, especially to form and condition unstable youth to kill. The past shooters have admitted to spending many hours a day infection their minds to playing this garbage.

  • Jake

    How about parents actually be parents let them play for an hour or whatever time amount they decide and then that’s it the kids are done for the day. Problem solved everyone is so quick to blame everyone else it’s simple be a parent or don’t have kids period.

  • xphile01

    If your kid is addicted you as a parent have failed. You as a parent should be limiting the gaming they do and recognize if it is out of control well with their time on socail media. Take control of your kids gaming and social media ..its your job as a parent. Every kid is different recognize your childs ability to handle media.

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