Par­ents want to sue over Fort­nite

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS -

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.

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