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KIDS HOOKED ON VIDEO GAMES PROMPT A FLURRY OF LAWSUITS

May 13, 2024
Bloomberg

Featuring the work of Dr Gaia Bernstein

Attorneys for parents say publishers are addicting users and causing health issues like ADHD and depression.

Kushanel Donerson says her 14-year-old has played Call of Duty, NBA 2K, Grand Theft Auto V and Roblox games so much over the past nine years that it led to brain damage, a stroke and seizures. Jaclyn Angelilli says her 9-year-old has been playing many of the same video games “at an increasing and uncontrollable pace” since age 6 and has been diagnosed with multiple psychiatric disorders.

The two mothers have joined a wave of lawsuits that accuse the video game industry of profiting from intentionally promoting mass addiction.