New class action lawsuit against Epic Games due to Fortnite being too addictive

French legal firm Calex Legal announced that they requested authorization to launch a class-action lawsuit against the widely popular video game Fortnite. The reason why the lawsuit is a class action is because the Calex Legal also invited other families to volunteer in the lawsuit. Montreal based firm will be representing 2 addicted minors. Right now the lawsuit consists of 2 families, with a 10-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy.  

Alessandra Esposito, an attorney with Calex Legal have said that “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” She also stated that there are multiple reasons to dig in to find a strong case. Calex Legal legal notice claims that “Fortnite releases the chemical dopamine to the brain of vulnerable young people who can become dependent on playing.”

If you ask me, this is one of the stupidest lawsuits I’ve heard in a while. A game is not supposed to babysit your kid, it is not Fortnite’s responsibility to teach your kids time management. Wrong parenting causes addiction, not video games. If I let my kid eat 25 ice-creams a day from a known brand, causing him major health problems, can I sue the company? Of course not. It’s not the company’s fault to produce ice-creams that are sweet. It would be my fault to let my kid eat 25 of them, which can be considered similar to chocolate as it can release dopamine in the brain too. Talk about wrong parenting.

Murat Oktay

Video games have been my passion for as long as I can remember. I have been writing and managing in the game industry for more than 30 years. I've been playing Diablo 2 nonstop since it first came out.

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