Parents want to sue over Fortnite
Montreal — two Quebec parents are seeking the right to launch a class-action lawsuit against the makers of the video game Fortnite, alleging it was purposely made highly addictive and has had a lasting impact on their children.
Montreal-based calex Legal is seeking to sue epic Games Inc., the u.s. company behind the popular online multiplayer game, as well as its canadian affiliate based in british columbia.
the firm filed a request thursday on behalf of two parents who approached them separately alleging their sons, aged 10 and 15, became dependent on the game in short order.
their case likens the addiction to a drug addiction, noting that the World Health Organization made a decision last year to declare video game addiction, or gaming disorder, a disease.
the boys “had all the symptoms of severe dependence — addiction — (and) it caused severe stress in the families as well,” lawyer alessandra esposito chartrand said of the firm’s clients.
Quebec Superior court hasn’t approved the action and the allegations have not been tested in court.
a spokesman for epic Games was not immediately available for comment.