A British family warns of the repercussions of the addictive video game Fortnite after their daughter so hard in the ban that the child had to follow a rehab. The nine-year-old girl secretly played for hours on a daily basis into a hole in the night.
Richard and Carol, who do not wish to release their surnames, acquired an Xbox One in January. Their little daughter downloaded Fortnite, a game with the popular battle-royale mode in which 100 players have to battle each other on an increasingly narrow playing field until one winner remains.
The game of developers Epic Games and People Can Fly is free, but to get everything out of it, you have to pay. The parents established that payments of about £ 50 per month from their credit card went to Microsoft, the company that makes the Xbox One. The angry parents seized the Xbox, but then the girl reacted so ferociously that she hit her father in his face.
No time for toilet
The parents really realized how bad it was when they found their daughter at the middle of the night on a pillow that was soaked with stained urine. The child was so absorbed in the game that she did not even want to pause to go to the toilet. Then it appeared that the child had been secretly been playing for almost ten hours a day, sometimes until five in the morning...
Not surprisingly, her school grades also declined sharply and teachers said that the girl sometimes even fell asleep in class. Although she was crazy about sports, she also began to say that she was too tired to go to the gymnastics or ballet class. She also started to skip the Sunday mass.
The parents contacted addiction therapist Steve Pope, who tells Sunday People that in the past two months he received reports from dozens of parents whose children showed signs of addiction to the game Fortnite as young as eight. "I have been working in this field for three decades and I've never seen anything like this, however widespread and potentially dangerous it is."
The girl now receives therapy and is on the better side. "I urge every other parent to see what this game can do, how it absorbs young children and can destroy lives," her mother warns. The game has been downloaded more than 45 million times.