Parents sending kids to rehab because of their Fortnite addiction

Parents sending kids to rehab because of their Fortnite addiction

Cole Marullo, Reporter

Kids are going to rehab because of their addiction to Fortnite! Fortnite came out in 2017 by Epic Games and is a co-op fantasy Battle Royale style survival. The point of the game is to be the last person standing in a battle royale out of 100 players. Fortnite also has around 200 million people that have registered to play.

The current version of the game starts off by 100 players dropping onto the map and collecting loot to then fight until there’s only one person remaining at the end of the game. According to SuperData, Fortnite made over 1.2 Billion Dollars in its first 10 months of operation which is extraordinary for a game that is free.

Now it has been reported that some children are being sent to rehab because of their Fortnite addiction. The mother of a 17-year-old spoke to Gadgets 360 about her son Carson’s addiction where he would play up to 12 hours a day. “We made some progress in getting him to cut down his Fortnite hours and get better sleep, but he’s slipped back into his old habits.” Debby Vitany said. “I’ve never seen a game that has such control over kids’ minds.”

Parents around the world are also having a hard time trying to get their kids off the game, even teachers and bosses too. Some desperate parents have even taken the lengths to send their children to rehab. A Boston couple decided to try and help out other parents by trying to arrange a screen time but their angry teen had said they had “ruined not only his social life but his very life itself.”
Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, a pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children reported that he helped a family make an action plan for one teen who was so addicted that it affected with the teen’s school work, sleep, and life. With more than 200 million players around the world, the Fortnite fanbase is both colossal and incredibly varied. Fortnite also grabbed headlines and has been obsessed over. In other words, there is a buzz around Fortnite that places the game in a totally different league.