In Canada, three parents are suing Epic Games because their children became addicted to the game Fortnite . According to BBC News, the children would rather sit and play than eat, shower and sleep. Lawyer Alessandra Esposito Chartrand from the law firm that submitted the lawsuit, compares the game to tobacco.
"Our motion was heavily inspired by the tobacco motion just in terms of what we were alleging.
Judge Sylvain Lussier, who approved the lawsuit, also agrees with the comparison. He also draws parallels to how tobacco was once considered harmless but is seen in a different light today.
"The harmful effect of tobacco was not recognised or admitted overnight.
Epic Games themselves put the responsibility on parents and that they have provided tools for them to keep track of their children. They also say they will take the fight to court.
“Parents can receive playtime reports that track the amount of time their child plays each week, and require parental permission before purchases are made,
“We plan to fight this in court. We believe the evidence will show that this case is meritless.
According to techacake.com , Fortnite has approximately 80 million monthly active players. But the number of players does not automatically mean that the game is harmful. Then, of course, there is a clique of players in these 80 million who are certainly addicted to the game in a harmful way. We’ll see how this plays out in court.