Fortnite Maker Sued by Parents: Children Not Eating or Sleeping
Kids can become obsessed with many things, video games are one of them. Through the years, many parents have said that their kids are “addicted” to video games. Whatever the game system, kids can spend the majority of their day, almost all of their time playing one of the many available systems. No doubt one of these consoles appears on the Christmas list of most kids throughout the planet. Some considered the best and most popular consoles are Nintendo Switch OLED, Xbox Series X, and Playstation 5. So, if you’re shopping, searching, or wondering which one to gift your kids, one of these should work well…maybe too well.
According to a lawsuit filed in Canada, you may want to reconsider that purchase this holiday season. According to BBC News, some parents are claiming that the video game Fortnite is so addictive that their kids are no longer sleeping, showering, eating, or doing much of anything else because they’re so dependent on the game.
Canadian Supreme Court Justice Sylvain Lussier has given the go-ahead for these Quebecer parents to move forward with their suit against the manufacturer of Fortnite, Epic Games. The ruling says, “The court concludes that there is a serious issue to be argued, supported by sufficient and specific allegations as to the existence of risks or even dangers arising from the use of Fortnite.” The attorney for the parents said that the legal responsibility of Epic Games is the same as that of the tobacco companies, and the lawsuit notes that in 2018 the World Health Organization recognized video game addiction. The judge concurred with the tobacco addiction comparison, “The harmful effect of tobacco was not recognized or admitted overnight.”
Epic Games released a statement that stated they 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.” However, the court did not agree with the claim “Epic Games deliberately made Fortnite addictive.” Epic Games plans to fight the lawsuit in court.