Tort Law

Judge OKs Suit re Maker's Claimed Failure to Warn of 'Addictive' Nature of Lineage II Web Game


A federal judge in Hawaii has given a green light to part of a pro se plaintiff’s lawsuit contending that he wasted some 20,000 hours playing Lineage II between 2004 and 2009, due to the maker’s failure to warn him in advance of the addictive nature of the Internet game.

Gamer Craig Smallwood seeks unspecified damages from NC Interactive Inc. and NCsoft Corp. of South Korea, arguing that he wouldn’t have started playing the game if he had realized the addiction danger it posed, reports the Threat Level blog of Wired.

An order (PDF) earlier this month dismisses some counts in the case but says a negligence count, among others, can proceed.

The defendants filed an answer (PDF) earlier this week outlining their defenses in the case. They include consent and assumption of the risk.

Hat tip: Above the Law.

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