Epic Games, creator of the Fortnite video game, targeted by a class action in Quebec

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Epic Games, creator of the Fortnite video game, targeted by a class action in Quebec

There are said to be 250 million Fortnite players worldwide.

The Superior Court Judge of Quebec, Sylvain Lussier, on Wednesday authorized a class action against Epic Games, the company that designed the famous online video game Fortnite.

It was three Quebec parents who, in October 2019, filed a class action lawsuit against the company, alleging that the game Fortnite is addictive among its followers.

The plaintiffs liken addiction to this game to that which can be created by heroin or cocaine, pointing out that the World Health Organization classified video game addiction as a disease in 2018.

According to the plaintiffs, the symptoms of Fortnite addiction are physical and psychological and include migraine headaches, back and neck pain, lack of basic hygiene, sleep disturbances as well as significant social disturbances.

According to the court document, the son of one of the plaintiffs was diagnosed with cyberaddiction by a doctor on call at a CLSC in Bas-Saint-Laurent.

In addition to the physical and psychological consequences, addiction to Fortnite would encourage excessive spending since players would spend lavishly and buy V-Bucks, the value of which would be very difficult to translate into everyday currency.

V-Bucks are Fortnite money that can be obtained with real money; they allow players to purchase accessories in this game.

The hearings took place in Montreal on July 6 and 7.

AUDIO РThe show Tout un matin, on ICI Premi̬re, broached the subject of this class action on October 4th

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