The games industry isn’t new to unusual law suits and this goes up there with one of them as a Russian gamer is looking to sue Bethesda and a Russian localisation company over Fallout 4.
In a report by RT, the 28-year-old man from Krasnoyarsk, Russia is claiming that his addiction to Fallout 4 cost him his health, his job and his marriage. The foundation of his lawsuit is that Bethesda did not warn that the game could become addictive. For this, he is seeking 500,000 roubles (US$7,000) in damages.
A statement from the man read
If I knew that this game could have become so addictive, I would have become a lot more wary of it. I would not have bought it, or I would have left it until I was on holiday or until the New Year holidays
The case is a first for Russia with the law firm representing the plaintiff saying they want to “see how far we can go regarding this case.”
However, the case isn’t a first globally after a Hawaii based gamer, Craig Smallwood, sued NCSoft over his addiction to Lineage II. In that case, the US judge ruled in favour of the gamer and ordered NCSoft to pay Smallwood’s legal fees which had built up over the 6 month hearing.
Fallout 4 is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.