The 28-year-old from Krasnoyarsk in Siberia, who has not been named, wants $7,000 in compensation from Bethesda Game Studios.
In a statement released by his lawyers, the man said he didn’t realise how addictive the popular action role-playing game would be.
“If I knew that this game could have become so addictive, I would have become a lot more wary of it,” he said. “I would not have bought it, or I would have left it until I was on holiday or until the New Year holidays.”
Given the publicity that Bethesda is getting from the case it might be worthwhile just paying him and using him for marketing.
The claimant alleged that his addiction to the game led to him being fired for repeatedly skipping work. He claimed that his wife left him and that he suffered health problems due to lack of sleep as well.
The lawsuit was also filed against the local partner Softklab.
It’s the first lawsuit of its kind in Russia, and the man’s lawyers said they “wanted to see how far we can go regarding this case”.