Epic Games, the developer of the well-known online battle royale survival shooting game “Fortnite”, was sued in Canada, alleging that the game contains elements that are addictive to young people, and that the developer knowingly introduced the content to be addictive but still deliberately introduced it.
Plaintiff attorney Alessandra Esposito Chartrand pointed out that Epic hired psychologists when developing the game to study the psychology of players in depth and try to make the game addictive. They know that the game element will be addictive, but still introduce it into the game.
At the beginning of the game, the user needs to confirm the terms, including the user’s automatic waiver of the right to sue the game manufacturer. However, the plaintiff’s lawyer pointed out that this clause cannot be generally applied to the consumer protection policy of Quebec, Canada.
Fornite currently has 80 million monthly active users. A spokesman for Epic Games said they will face the lawsuit with all their strength, and the company believes the evidence will prove that the allegation is baseless.