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Families of two children addicted to Fortnite are suing the hit game’s maker Epic Games

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FAMILIES of two children addicted to Fortnite are suing the hit game’s maker.

Relatives of the youngsters, aged ten and 15, filed a class action lawsuit this month.

They claim Fortnite maker Epic Games deliberately hooked their children by hiring psychologists to “really dig into the human brain”.

They allege Epic looked for ways of triggering neurotransmitters, just like the effect of cocaine, the Sunday Times reports.

Last the year the World Health Organisation classed gaming disorder as a clinical condition but mental health experts are split on the move.

Alessandra Esposito Chartrand, the lawyer at Calex Legal in Montreal, Canada, leading the case, said: “They marketed a dangerous product without the proper health warnings and targeted vulnerable young brains.”

She said more than 300 people had got in touch since the claim was filed wishing to join as claimants.

The suit cites a 2015 case in Canada where tobacco companies were found to have failed in a duty of care to warn people about the dangers of its products.

The video gamer families say they would not have let their kids play if they knew how addictive it was.

Celia Hodent, a psychologist who worked at Epic for four years, has written a book viewed as a manual for how to build blockbuster video games in the shape of Fortnite.

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