Wildly popular ‘Fortnite’ video game breaks YouTube record
‘Fortnite’ is fast becoming a cultural phenomenon and has set a new YouTube record for live games to stream. The multiplayer shooter game, which allows players to navigate a vast landscape, has racked up a huge following.
A 9-year-old girl in the United Kingdom was sent to rehab after she wet herself, while she refuses to stop playing the popular video game, “Fortnite.”
The unknown girl allegedly downloading the game after they receive an Xbox One in January and quickly became hooked.
“She was so addicted to the game, she would not even go to the toilet,” the mother of the girl told the Sunday People. “My husband saw her light on in the night and found her, sitting on a urine-soaked pillow the play of the game.”
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The parents said their daughter started to show aggressive behavior after becoming addicted to the game. She would fall asleep in school and aggressive with her colleagues. The parents also said they discovered charges amounting to $67 per month for Microsoft on the family of the credit card. After the girl’s father tried to take away the Xbox, she reportedly struck him in the face for attempting to withdraw from the console.
“In the past two months I’ve been contacted by dozens of parents with children from 8 signs of addiction to ‘Fortnite,'” Steve Pope, a counsellor, told the Mirror.
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“I urge every parent out there to know what this game can do, how it sucks in young children and can ruin lives,” the mother of the girl said.
The popular online game is downloaded by 150 million people internationally this year, the Washington Post reported. The game is popular with celebrities such as Drake and the Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price, who was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in May, reportedly, after the play of “Fortnite” for too many hours.