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Epic Games facing lawsuit for making Fortnite too addictive

Published: 6/Oct/2019 11:27 Updated: 6/Oct/2019 12:10

by Joe Craven


Epic Games, developers of the incredibly popular game, Fortnite, are apparently facing a lawsuit over making the game too addictive, particularly given its target audience of young people. 

The lawsuit reportedly originates from Montreal, Canada, and pertains to two minors, aged 10 and 15 respectively. CBC reports that the documents included in the lawsuit liken the game’s addictive effects to cocaine.


Allesandra Esposito Chartrand, an attorney at Calex Légal (a Canadian law firm) states that the firm realized they have a strong case on their hands, particularly given the World Health Organization’s recent ruling that video game addiction is a disease

WHO‘Gaming disorder’ has recently been classed as a disease by the World Health Organization.

The comparisons to cocaine will undoubtedly be received with a significant degree of scepticism, but the argument is that Fortnite causes the brain to release dopamine; in the same way as a recreational drug. 


The need for this dopamine fix is what encourages players to keep returning to the game, in the same way drug addictions are formed. 

Furthermore, the game’s target audience is alleged to be young people, who are more vulnerable to the addictive effects of Fortnite. The firm was reportedly approached by the minors’ parents, who claim that their children are addicted to the game, and are seeking reparations. 

Epic GamesFortnite’s colorful, non-violent aesthetics make it perfect for younger gamers.

Much of the case is apparently based on a 2015 ruling from the Quebec Superior Court, that found tobacco companies were not sufficiently warning their customers of the addictive effects of tobacco or the dangers of smoking. 


The case is reportedly set to argue that Epic Games have not done enough to disclose the addictive side of Fortnite, particularly given the duty of care that comes with such a juvenile player base. 

There is no word – as of yet – as to the amount of money being sought in compensation, but the case has reached headlines thanks to the high-profile of Fortnite.

There have been arguments about the classification video game addiction as a disease, with some feeling it could contribute to a negative stigma towards gaming in general.


We will continue to update you on this story.


How to complete Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 challenges

Published: 8/Oct/2020 0:31

by Brad Norton


We’re now in the seventh week of Fortnite’s Marvel-themed season meaning that there’s not long to go until the current battle pass items are locked away for good. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest challenges to help with your experience gains.

As with every other season, XP is vital in Fortnite. Whether you’re trying to unlock one of the 100 base tiers in the Season 4 Battle Pass, or you’re pushing beyond that for ultra-rare skins, there’s always something to pursue.


Challenges are often the best way to help boost your XP gains. Most can be knocked off in a matter of minutes for some of the biggest XP dumps possible in the battle royale. If you’ve already been ticking objectives off each week, you’ll feel right at home this time around.

From searching chests to tallying eliminations, the Week 7 challenges couldn’t be simpler. Here’s our complete overview of the eight unique tasks on offer.

Fortnite gameplay
Epic Games
Be on the lookout for enemies near Doom’s Domain this week.

You’ll be jumping around the map quite a bit this week as almost every challenge will take you to a new location. Finding eliminations at Craggy Cliffs should be a breeze as this is sure to be a hotspot over the next few days. Just be prepared for an immediate fight every time you drop here in Week 7.

The same can be said for Doom’s Domain as players will be looking to enter the vault for easy XP. Make sure you have a decent loadout before heading in as you’re sure to face some opposition here.

One rather unique challenge this week asks you to deal damage in a very specific way. First, you’ll need to find and equip Storm’s Whirlwind Blast ability. Once you’ve got an enemy in your sights, use this ability to knock them back. Once they’re pushed off course, you’ll then need to swap your weapons and deal 1,000 damage.


To tick off multiple challenges at once, you could always find Storm’s ability, then head to Craggy Cliffs, or even Coral Castle. The full list of objectives for Week 7 can be found below.

Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 Challenges:

  • Search Chests at Catty Corner (7)
  • Eliminations at Craggy Cliffs (3)
  • Enter the Vault in Doom’s Domain
  • Destroy Cobwebs at The Authority (3)
  • Discover Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House laboratory
  • Drive a car from Sweaty Sands to Misty Meadows in less than 4 minutes without getting out
  • Deal damage after knocking an opponent back with Storm’s Whirlwind Blast (1,000)
  • Deal damage to opponents at Coral Castle (500)
Fortnite gameplay
Epic Games
Stark Industries will be swarmed by teams looking for the secret Lake House

If you’re struggling with the unique tasks this week, here’s a few quick pointers. Storm’s ability can be used to knock enemies off high ground vantage points. Any fall damage will count towards your weekly objective.

Additionally, Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House can be found just North of the Stark Industries POI.