Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Epic Used Psychologists to Make Fortnite "Very, Very Addictive"

By Alistair Jones on at

A Canadian legal firm has appealed to the Montreal Court of Justice, requesting permission to bring a class action lawsuit against Fortnite developer Epic Games. In an announcement last week Calex Légal invited concerned parties to get in touch, stating that its clients were parents whose children were “highly dependent” on the game.

Speaking to CBC, attorney Alessandra Esposito Chartrand claimed that Epic Games tried to make a deliberately addicting game, saying the developer had “hired psychologists” during the development of Fortnite, and “they really dug into the human brain and they really made the effort to make it as addictive as possible.”

The suit is based primarily on a 2015 court ruling that stated Canadian tobacco companies weren’t doing enough to warn their customers about the dangers of smoking. According to La Presse Calex is representing the interests of two children, aged 10 and 15, who respectively have played 1,891 and 7,781 games of Fortnite since December 2018.

We’ve reached out to Epic Games for comment.