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Gamer sues Bethesda after losing his wife and job to ‘Fallout 4’ addiction

December 21st, 2015 at 4:32 PM
Fallout 4 Addiction Lawsuit

No matter how much time you’ve spent with Fallout 4 since it launched last month, it probably hasn’t had as big of an impact on your life as it has one gamer’s from Krasnoyarsk, Russia. According to a report from RT, the 28-year-old man is suing Bethesda, the developer of the game, for 500,000 roubles ($7,000) after losing his job and his wife.

He says that he didn’t know the game would be “so addictive.”

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Apparently, after seeing an advertisement for the game, the man decided to download it and spend a few hours playing over the next few days. Those days quickly turned into weeks, and after missing several days of work, he was fired from his job. His friends stopped hearing from him, his sleeping and eating habits deteriorated and his wife left him.

“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 man said in a statement.

Although there have been similar cases around the world in the past, this is a first for Russia, so the law firm representing the Fallout 4 addict is going to “see how far we can go regarding this case.”

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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