Microsoft, Ubisoft, EA, Epic Games and some of their subsidiary studios have been sued in the US. The companies were accused of making games too addictive and aggressively monetizing them to make as much money as possible.
The authors of the lawsuit are the parents of a 13-year-old gamer. They claim their child plays 12 – 14 hours a day – most often Fortnite, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, and games in the Battlefield and Call of Duty series. In them, he spends about $350 each month. In total, the teen has spent $3,000 to date. According to the plaintiffs, because of the games, he began to study worse, lost all interest in socializing with friends, and his hands, shoulders, and elbows began to hurt.
The plaintiffs demand that the companies pay them compensation, pay the costs of a lawyer, allocate money to pay for psychological assistance to families whose children are treated for game addiction and change the approach to game development.