Playing Fortnite too often has reportedly gone too far for one player with reports emerging that a nine-year-old girl has entered rehab due to her gaming addiction. Worn out from all-night sessions, she dozed off at school.
And now teachers are saying that pupils younger than Fortnite'sage rating of 12 years old are becoming obsessed with the game and it's having an impact on their concentration in school.
The report says that the girl's parents bought her an Xbox One in January and she downloaded Fortnite right away.
Eventually, things got to a point where the child was found sitting on a cushion soaked in urine. "She had fallen asleep twice in lessons and her grades were slipping", her mother said before noting her daughter's odd tone.
Shocked, they asked the little girl to talk to them about what had been happening, when she revealed she had been playing for up to ten hours a day, sometimes until 5am.
Her mother said: 'We got called in by her head teacher asking if everything was OK. A couple from the United Kingdom sent their 9-year-old daughter to rehab after she became addicted to "Fortnite".
The girl's parents noticed their daughter had made purchases worth £50 a month using their credit cards, leading them to confront her.
The girl, who has not been named for legal reasons, is being treated at a clinic after she wet herself during a 10-hour binge and even punched her dad in the face when he tried to confiscate the shoot-em-up game.
Steve Pope, the addictions counselor who has been treating Carol and Richard's daughter, said that parents have been reaching out to him about their children, who are as young as 8, and their Fortnite addictions. She had wet herself because she didn't want to go to the bathroom in the middle of the game. These alone aren't enough to signify a Fortnite addiction as many gamers go through some version of his, but other symptoms such as neglecting her own basic needs and lashing out at her father were also mentioned by Mirror in the following list.
The game's Battle Royale mode is especially popular and sees 100 players fighting it out to the death in a last man standing contest.
Culture Secretary Matt Hancock has warned that addictive online shooter games can have a damaging impact on children.
The therapist said: "I know bright kids who will fail their exams this summer because of Fortnite, kids who are stealing from their parents and friends to pay for the extras, kids who urinate in bottles because they can't bear to leave the game".
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