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Parents reveal girl aged NINE in rehab for Fornite addiction

12 June 2018

The girl, who is now in intensive therapy to combat her addiction, would play for up to 10 hours a day. This was reportedly before she chose to wet herself instead of going to the bathroom.

According to the British newspaper The Mirror, the girl's parents gave her an Xbox One as a gift in January.

She is also said to have wet herself rather than pause the game. By the middle of the month of March, the girl started featuring signs of probable addiction to the game.

"This is a serious issue which is destroying our little girl's life and someone needs to step in to ban it before it becomes an epidemic".

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. "We got called in by her head teacher asking if everything was OK". Her father said things took a turn for the worst when she became addicted to the game.

Since Fortnite was released last July, over 150 million people worldwide have launched it.

Her parents told The Daily Mirror that their daughter, who is still at primary school, would get up in the middle of the night to keep playing, would not go to the toilet, would fall asleep in class because she was so exhausted from staying up all night on the game and assaulted her father when he tried to take the game away from her.

Screenshot from the game
Screenshot from the game

After noticing payments totalling £50 per month coming off their credit card to Microsoft, the couple realised the depth of their daughter's addiction.

When they questioned her, the girl broke down and told them everything. However, the gravity of the situation came to the forefront when the father found her sitting on an urine-soaked cushion while playing the game.

As for the girl, she's getting her life back on track since she entered rehab.

In a bid to wean her off Fortnite, the couple limited their daughter's game play to one hour on weekdays and two hours on weekends, but she refused to follow the rules.

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.

Fortnite's most popular mode is called Battle Royale and sees players take on 99 others online to be the last person standing in a battle for survival.

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock has warned that addictive online shooter games can have a damaging impact on children.

Parents reveal girl aged NINE in rehab for Fornite addiction