A group of Canadian parents is suing a US-based epic games on a large scale Fortnite franchise, claiming that it made children addicted to gambling stop eating, sleeping and bathing.
BBC News reports that a Canadian Supreme Court judge has now authorized the filing of the lawsuit. FortniteEpic Games by Quebec Parents. They claim that their gamers are “severely dependent” on the first-person-shooter game, which has a worldwide audience of over 80 million players.
Earlier this week, a Canadian judge ruled that the lawsuit was “not frivolous or manifestly ill-founded.” 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 hazards arising from the use of Fortnite.
The law firm that took the action said that Epic Games was similar to a tobacco manufacturer, and claimed that the legal liability was “basically the same”.
While the lawsuit could move forward, a Canadian judge said he doesn’t believe the parents’ claims that Epic Games intentionally Fortnite drug addiction
However, the court did not agree with the parents’ claim that Epic Games intentionally created addiction to Fortnite.
However, he added, “this does not exclude the possibility that the game is indeed addictive and its designers and distributors know it.”
Epic Games denied the validity of the lawsuit in a statement obtained by the BBC.
“Parents can receive Playtime reports that track the amount of play their child has played each week and require parental permission before making purchases,” the company said.
“We plan to fight this in court. We are confident that the evidence will show that this case is meritless.