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Nine-Year-Old Girl In Rehab After Becoming Addicted To Fortnite

Nine-Year-Old Girl In Rehab After Becoming Addicted To Fortnite Nine-Year-Old Girl In Rehab After Becoming Addicted To Fortnite
Melba Vasquez | 12 June, 2018, 20:49

Cross-platform battle royale phenomenon Fortnite's appearance on the Nintendo Switch has been long anticipated and, by now, rumored and leaked plenty, but Switch owners have been left with questions about their console's version, including its release date.

Since the game was launched in July previous year more than 40 million people have downloaded it.

Epic Games recently announced a $100 million eSports prize pool for Fortnite, which absolutely dwarfs the $2 million prize pot for the game's closest rival: Player Unknown's Battlegrounds.

The girl went on a 10-hour binge of the hit game and allegedly hit her dad in the face when he tried to take away her Xbox.

Despite the game being free on the online store, regular payments of $67 (Rs 4512) were made using their credit card, which the girl said was for in-game purchases. "My husband saw her light on in the night and found her sitting on a urine-soaked cushion playing the game". "She was so hooked on the game she wouldn't even go to the toilet", said Carol.

Nine-Year-Old Girl In Rehab After Becoming Addicted To Fortnite

The girl's parents bought her the Xbox in January and she downloaded Fornite - endorsed by numerous celebrities - soon after. "Crying, she told us that every night for the past two months she had waited until we were asleep and then got up to play, sometimes until 5am", said her mother.

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

Popular with children and stars like Tottenham's Deli Ali, the game has gripped millions across the globe.

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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