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Fortnite is 'as addictive as cocaine,' ruins children's lives, parents say in lawsuit

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Posted at 4:20 PM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-07 16:20:58-04

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.