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Canadian court approves class-action lawsuit that claims Fortnite is too addictive

We now have a statement from Epic Games
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A Canadian class-action lawsuit against Fortnite developer Epic Games will move forward. 

The case started in 2019 and has been under assessment since. Now a Canadian court in Quebec has ruled that the lawsuit "does not appear to be frivolous or manifestly ill-founded," via CTV.

"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," Alessandra Esposito Chartrand, an attorney with Calex Légal, said, via Eurogamer

"They knowingly put on the market a very, very addictive game which was also geared toward youth."

The lawyers liken the game to tobacco addiction, using the World Health Organisation's classification of "gaming disorder" as a basis of the suit, which began with two parents and spread out to more over time. 

"In our case, the two parents that came forward and told [us], 'If we knew it was so addictive it would ruin our child's life, we would never have let them start playing Fortnite or we would have monitored it a lot more closely,'" Chartrand said.

Fortnite is in hot water.

Fortnite is in hot water.

Fortnite's terms and conditions, which you electronically sign before being allowed to play, forbid players from attempting to sue Epic Games. However, Chartrand claims these terms won't "stand up in court". 

Epic Games argues that there are built-in parental controls within the game. The company has 30 days to appeal the court's decision. 

We have reached out to Epic Games and have received a statement from Natalie Munoz, Epic Games spokesperson:

“We have industry-leading Parental Controls that empower parents to supervise their child’s digital experience. Parents can receive playtime reports that track the amount of time their child plays each week, and require parental permission before purchases are made, so that they can make the decisions that are right for their family. We have also recently added a daily spending limit by default for players under the age of 13. We plan to fight this in court. This recent decision only allows the case to proceed. We believe the evidence will show that this case is meritless.”