A Montreal Law Firm Is Suing The Makers of Fortnite, On Behalf of Two Teens?
I mean, video games getting sued isn’t exactly a new thing. But a video game company getting sued for being too addictive? That’s a bit different. And particularly when we’re talking about one of the biggest games in the world, Fortnite. But first a bit of context.
This is Fornite.
Up to 100 players fighting in a virtual battlefield at once. One of the biggest free-to-play games ever. Over 250 million users worldwide. It stormed onto the video game scene last year, and made Epic Games about $3 billion. Let’s face it, a game doesn’t create that kind of fast following, and bring in that kind of cash, unless it’s pretty addictive.
But how addictive? Addictive enough that a law firm from Montreal is suing Epic Games, on behalf of two kids, aged 10 and 15. And it sounds like they might have a case. Check out the quote Calex Legal attorney gave to CBC.
“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. They knowingly put on the market a very, very addictive game which was also geared toward youth.”
It goes on to allege that the game is as “addictive as cocaine”: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/fortnite-lawsuit-calex-l%C3%A9gal-montreal-1.5308625
It’s gonna be really interesting to see where this goes, and what it means for video games going forward.