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

Published Dec 21st, 2015 4:32PM EST
Fallout 4 Addiction Lawsuit
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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 Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.