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Gaming companies behind Fortnite and FIFA to give evidence to Committee

16 May 2019

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee will question Epic Games, the company behind the game Fortnite, and Electronic Arts (EA), the makers of FIFA, in a future public session as part of its inquiry into Immersive and Addictive Technologies.

Witnesses

Wednesday 19 June, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 2.30pm

  • Shaun Campbell, UK Country Manager, Electronic Arts (EA)
  • Kerry Hopkins, Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs, Electronic Arts (EA)
  • Matthew Weissinger, Director of Marketing, Epic Games
  • Canon Pence, General Counsel, Epic Games

About the session

Fortnite and FIFA are some of the most popular games in the world: Fortnite has more than 250 million players, and the FIFA franchise has sold more than 260 million units over its 25-year history. The Committee will explore the design and monetisation strategies that feature in these games, and discuss what game companies can do to promote player wellbeing.  

Chair's comment

Damian Collins MP, Chair of the DCMS Committee said:

“Gamers, parents and teachers all know about Fortnite and FIFA’s power to immerse their players and keep drawing them back to the game. Yet there are concerns that some aspects of these games’ design make it hard for people, especially younger players, to retain control over how much they are playing or spending. We look forward to discussing how these games engage players with the companies responsible for them.

“Our inquiry has already explored the responsibilities that major social media platforms have to promote the wellbeing of their users. Taking evidence from Epic and EA will be a valuable opportunity to expand that discussion to the gaming sector.”

Further information

Image: RPF70 from Pixabay.

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