‘Fortnite’ company facing lawsuit, parents claim game is too addictive


>>WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF ADDICTION, MAKER OF FORTNITE HOLDING LEGAL TROUBLE CLAIMING GAME IS TOO ADDICTIVE. LAUREN: LAWSUIT COMPARES FORTNITE TO COCAINE. I WAS READING IT –>>THAT’S A PRETTY SERIOUS CLAIM AND THEY HAVE A SERIOUS LAWSUIT AGAINST THEM, MAKERS OF FORD NIGHT EPIC GAMES, THEY ARE SAYING THAT EPIC USED PSYCHOLOGISTS TO USE FORTNITE AS ADDICTIVE AS POSSIBLE. WE HAVE HEARD STORIES THROUGH THE WORLD OF VIDEO GAMES FOR OVER A DECADE OF PEOPLE WHO START PLAYING ONLINE FANTASY GAMES AND JUST DIVE IN HEAD FIRST AND DON’T COME OUT, PEOPLE LOSING THEIR JOBS. THE ISSUE HERE, CONCERN HERE, YOUNGER CHILDREN, TEENAGERS THAT BRAINS AREN’T DEVELOPED, YOU’VE HAD ENOUGH, SOME PARENTS ARE STRUGGLING IN THE STORIES, STRUGGLING WITH THAT. SET LIMITATIONS AND THEY ARE SNEAKING AROUND FINDING OUT HOW TO PLAY THE GAMES. IT’S A VERY SERIOUS ISSUE, WE HAVE SEEN IT TIME AND AGAIN, THE CONCERN IS ALWAYS GOING TO FALL ON IS IT THE GAME-MAKER’S FAULT THAT THE GAME IS ADDICTIVE. THEY ARE USING PSYCHOLOGISTS TO MAKE THE GAME MORE ADDICTIVE. I THINK THE LEGAL ARGUMENT –>>DRUG MAKERS ARE NOW RESPONSIBLE FOR OPIOID ADDICTION, FORGET PERSONAL CHOICE TO TAKE THE OPIOIDS IF I’M THE DRUG MAKER, ALCOHOL COMPANIES, CIGARETTE MAKERS, WE’VE HAD CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS AND SOME SETTLE TO GET OUT OF IT.>>WE COULD SEE — THE ARGUING COULD BE MADE BUT IT’S ADDICTIVE. THEY WITHIN THE YOU TO BINGE-WATCH THE SHOWS AND YOU KEEP WATCHING. WHERE DOES PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY COME INTO THIS? WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT KIDS AND TEENAGERS, THAT’S A DIFFERENT STORY, YOUR PARTICIPANTS SHOULD KEEP AN EYE AND SETTING TIME LIMITS. LAUREN: SOME KIDS GET TUTORS SO THEIR KIDS CAN COMPETE.

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