A Montreal law firm is seeking permission to file a class action lawsuit against the maker of Fortnite, arguing that the popular online video game creates addiction without warning players of the risks involved.
Calex Légal filed a request for class-action authorization against Epic Games Inc. and its Canadian subsidiary at the Montreal courthouse Thursday, according to a statement from the firm. Calex’s clients are parents of two minors, a 10-year-old and a 15-year-old, who are “highly addicted” to Fortnite.
Jean-Philippe Caron, a lawyer at Calex, said the firm was contacted by several parents whose kids had become addicted to the game.
Last year, the World Health Organization classified addiction to video games as a disease. It defined the disorder as “a pattern of gaming behaviour characterized by impaired control over gaming, increased priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.”