Epic Games, creator of the video game Fortnite, in the crosshairs of a class action lawsuit in Quebec

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

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

The plaintiffs equate addiction to this game to what it can create heroin or cocainenoting that the World Health Organization classified video game addiction as a disease in 2018.

According to the appellants, Symptoms of Fortnite addiction are physical and psychological and include migraines, back and neck pain, lack of basic hygiene, sleep disturbances, and significant social disturbances.

According to the court document, the son of one of the plaintiffs was diagnosed with Internet addiction by a doctor on duty at a CLSC of San Lorenzo Inferiore.

In addition to the physical and psychological consequences, Fortnite addiction would encourage overspending as players overspend and purchase V-Bucks, the value of which would be very difficult to translate into everyday currency.

V-Bucks are Fortnite cash that can be obtained for real money; allow players to make accessory purchases in this game.

The hearings were held in Montreal on July 6 and 7.

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