Video Game Lawsuit

A Montreal-based law firm has launched a proposed class action lawsuit on behalf of two Quebec parents who claim that the video game “Fortnite” is as addictive, and potentially harmful, as cocaine. the legal action alleges that when a person is engaged in “Fortnite” for a long period, the player’s brain releases the “pleasure hormone, dopamine” and that “Fortnite” was developed by psychologists, statisticians and others “to develop the most addictive game possible,” so its publisher, “Epic Games”, could reap lucrative profits. It states that the defendants used the same tactics as the creators of slot machines, or variable reward programs, (to ensure) the dependence of its users, (and) the brain being manipulated to always want more.” And it says that children are particularly vulnerable to this manipulation. The law firm represents two plaintiffs who are parents of a 10 and a 15-year-old.

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