The popular video game Fortnite has been a pop culture sensation since it was released in 2017, spurring a line of viral videos, dances and merchandise.
Now a new lawsuit claims the game is "as addictive as cocaine."
Fortnite, created by Cary-based Epic Games, was intentionally created to be "as addictive as possible" according to a lawsuit filed by a Canadian attorney. The case stems from parents' claims that the game ruined their children's lives.
The parents are citing a study finding that the game causes the brain to release dopamine, having a drug-like effect.
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Epic Games has not commented on the pending lawsuit.
Fortnite is 'as addictive as cocaine,' ruins children's lives, parents say in lawsuit