Microsoft and Epic Games Sued Over Video Game Addiction

Microsoft Epic Games Video Game Addiction
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Have game companies like Microsoft and Epic Games knowingly caused video game addiction in kids? According to a new lawsuit filed in Arkansas, that’s the case.

The lawsuit, filed on October 30, states that that Microsoft, Epic Games, Activision Blizzard, EA, and others “use patented designs, algorithms and marketing containing addictive features and technology” leading to addiction.

These designs and “addictive features”, the claim says utilized data collection of minors, predatory monetization schemes, and feedback loops to keep players more engaged.

“We never imagined when our son started playing video games that he would become so addicted that his education would severely suffer, he would lose all interest in spending time with his friends, and his physical and mental health would be at risk,” said Casey Dunn, the mother who filed the lawsuit on behalf of her child.

“These video game companies have targeted and taken advantage of kids, prioritizing their profit over all else. As a mom, I knew I had to do something to ensure they don’t get away with destroying the wellbeing and futures of our children.”

The Dunn family is suing for monetary recovery, changing how games are designed and offered, and additional “mental health resources for families faced with trying to treat young children addicted to gaming”.

The family’s attorney Tina Bullock says that she believes video game addiction is serious, and should be treated as such.

“Gaming addiction is a serious, life-altering disorder that is stealing children’s lives and disrupting families across the country,” Bullock said. “Parents like me often mistakenly think it is a failure on their part when their child becomes addicted, but through this litigation we hope to shine a light on these companies’ reprehensible actions, deceit, and manipulation of our children for their own financial gain.”

As of publishing, none of the named defendants have responded to Insider Gaming’s requests for comment.

If you want to read the full claim, which the firm says is the “first of many to be filed in the coming weeks”, you can do so below:

What do you think of the lawsuit filed against Microsoft, Epic Games, and others for knowingly causing video game addiction in kids?

  1. Addiction?
    That’s not the companies fault.
    It’s the parents fault, buying equipment, games, letting play and ignoring kids. It’s just a bad parenting!

  2. Wonderful. So Karen is looking for excuses why her son is a crappy kid, and instead of pointing that high powered perception at herself, shes gonna ruin crap for everyone else. Parhetic.

  3. LOL.

    Guaranteed this lawsuit won’t go anywhere. It is solely the parent’s fault that their child became addicted to gaming. Stop ignoring your children and giving them devices to play with just so they stop bothering you and so you can sit on your shitty couch in front of the tv downstairs and ride your husband’s dick day and night.

  4. Gotta sue Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and others also for making tv addicting, hell why stop there? Go after Samsung, and LG for making the TV’s too!

  5. Bullocks, Tina!! And no, I don’t mean last name, first name.

    “blah, blah, ..Parents like me often mistakenly think it is a failure on their part when their child becomes addicted.. blah, blah”

    Seriously? Making the plaintiff and yourself look clueless to make a point is a bizarre defense.

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