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Montreal Firm Sues Fortnite developer for its addictiveness

Montreal law firm says that Epic Games, developer of highly popular game – Fortnight, should pay up. The law firm has asked Quebec government to authorize permission to launch a class-action lawsuit.

The law firm claims that Epic Games made the game addictive on purpose to sell more games and even went as far as hiring psychologists to make it even more addictive.

Law firm says that playing Fortnight is like doing drugs like cocaine. It has exactly the same level of addictiveness.

Law firm says that two Montreal families came to it because they were concerned of how much their kids were playing the game and were worried.

Epic Games, when they created Fortnite, for years and years, hired psychologists — they really dug into the human brain and they really made the effort to make it as addictive as possible.

They knowingly put on the market a very, very addictive game which was also geared toward youth.

In our case, the two parents that came forward and told, ‘If we knew it was so addictive it would ruin our child’s life, we would never have let them start playing Fortnite or we would have monitored it a lot more closely.


Alessandra Esposito Chartrand (interview with CBC)

an Attorney with Calex Légal

Epic Games is a company of over 3,500 employees in the US, Montreal and many other locations around the world.

Lawyers say the company had a duty to inform players of how addictive the game is. It likens it to smoking cigarettes and big $15B tobacco ruling payout that was received from 2015 Quebec Superior Court ruling.

Lawyers said they are trying to protect the consumer and that Fortnite makers dug into consumers brain to make it very addictive.

It not clear how they intend on launching class action suite as company’s terms of service include a class-action waiver provision.

Lawyers in Quebec say that the provision does not apply in Quebec as Quebec does not need to follow the class-action waiver and instead need to follow Quebec’s Consumer Protection Act.

More than 125 million players currently play the game worldwide.

Update: New Super Nintendo Edition Console Is No Longer Banned in Quebec

Update: Few weeks ago, when we wrote the story, it was clear that due to language requirements new super Nintendo was not allowed to be sold  in Quebec because it was not translated into Quebec’s version of French language.

However just recently, ToysRUs Canada has twitted that restriction has been lifed and now you can buy it in Quebec after all:

This is quite interesting, because under recently introduced law new super Nintendo should not pass muster as it breaks the law under the provincial legislation (see below).

You have to wonder what happened? Did French Language Authority in Quebec have authorized the usage and made a one time exception for Nintendo, or were the rules changed in that province for uni-lingual games? Or maybe Nintendo complied and translated all games into Quebec specific French? No one knows for sure.

Either way it is great story that it ended this way and now users in Quebec can be on par with Canada and the US and order their loved console even though it will be a max of one console per person and no preorders in Quebec.

Original story:

If you are living in the province of Quebec, you might be surprised that you will not be able fulfill your nostalgia with an Old New Super Nintendo NES edition, featuring a lot of hit games from the 1990s.

This is due to Quebec recently introduced law in 2009 to protect French language requiring all toys / electronics to have Quebec French translation.

You can familiarize yourself with the law if you speak French here but basically it says that all games must be translated into Quebec French (French from France will not do) if it is also available in French in other parts of the world: https://www.oqlf.gouv.qc.ca/francisation/consommateurs/secteur/jeux_video/details_entente.pdf

Nintendo has decided not to bother with translation into Quebec French and 7 million potential customers in Quebec. Doing so would take ages to translate hundreds of old games from the 90s into this specific French used in Quebec.

Some users lashed out at Nintendo for lack of translation. While some others defended Nintendo and lashed out at Quebec instead as well as that province’s “oppressive regime”:

NES Nintendo will be released to the world on September 29th, 2017 and is currently unavailable for purchase in Quebec. If you still want to buy it – you might need to bootleg it from neighboring Ontario  or the US.

Nintendo also stays clear of Quebec when it does its contests in America – where it excludes Quebec residents from entering its sweepstakes: