Gamer sues Bethesda because he lost both his job and wife after Fallout 4 binge

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Fallout_4A Russian gamer is suing the makers of Fallout 4 after he lost both his wife and job following a 3 week gaming binge.

The 28-year-old from Krasnoyark is looking for 500,000 roubles (€6,474) in compensation from developers Bethesda Game Studios because he didn’t know the game would be ‘so addictive’. He is also suing the Russian localization firm for 500,000 roubles (€6,474) for emotional distress.

He regularly skipped work, which led to him being let go from his job. He also stopped meeting up with friends and eventually his wife left him. He also claims his health deteriorated in that time as he wasn’t eating or sleeping properly.

The man found out about the game in an advert, purchasing it for PC. He only intended to play it for a couple of evenings, but instead became addicted and the next three weeks flew by.

“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,” a statement from the man read.

This case isn’t the first of its kind. In 2010, a US federal judge said he would listen to a case brought by a Hawaiian man, who said he became addicted to video game Lineage II. Craig Smallwood demanded damages from developers NCSOFT, saying he would not have begun playing if he had been aware “that he would become addicted to the game.”  the judge sided with the plaintiff and ordered NCSOFT of South Korea to pay Smallwood’s legal fees.