Nine-year-old in rehab after becoming addicted to Fortnite video game

12 June, 2018, 19:46 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • Fortnite alert screen. via Polygon

Fortnite is the latest fixation for gamers - with more than 40 million people across the world downloading it since it launched previous year. Given its meteoric rise in popularity, Epic Games was able to book an estimated $126 million in revenue from Fortnite during the month of February; that haul more than doubled to $296 million in March.

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 21: Gamers play \"Fortnite\" against Twitch streamer and professional gamer Tyler \"Ninja\" Blevins during Ninja Vegas \'18 at Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel and Casino on April 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The makers of the game, Epic Games say on their website that they will investigate all feedback and take action if or when necessary.

"She was so hooked to the game she wouldn't even go to the toilet", the child's mother said, via the Daily Mail.

One night Richard found her in her room at night "sitting on a urine-soaked cushion playing the game".

When her parents noticed several small payments, totalling over £50, from their credit cards, they suspected their child.

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The girl's parents bought her the Xbox in January and she downloaded Fornite - endorsed by numerous celebrities - soon after.

"Of course we were furious and confiscated her Xbox", said her mother.

But experts fear many children are at risk of developing mental health problems as a result of over-exposure to violent and addictive video games.

She tearfully confessed she had been getting up in the middle of the night while they were asleep, sometimes playing the game until 5am.

However, counsellor Steve Pope, who is treating the girl, warned it could be a "gateway" into further addictions in later life.

Tom Benhiam, 11, from Sydney, told News Corp that he could spend 2½-hours a day playing with his friends, despite being restricted to 30 minutes during the week.

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