Fortnite is the hottest game in the world. A viral teenage obsession. In a recent talk to students in Brisbane, the crowd erupted when I mentioned Fortnite. Over 78.3 million people played it in one month alone
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How many people play Fortnite? Is it really as many as people say?

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and a 16-year-old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf recently won $3 million during the Fortnite: World Cup. The tournament had a $30 million prize pool.
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Fortnite World Cup – Wikipedia
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So teenagers are playing a video game, what’s the big deal? Parents report losing their sons to Fortnite addiction
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Parents are losing their sons to Fortnite, the hottest game in the world

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– including one who emailed me that she discovered her son stole her credit cards and spent over $200 on the game.

In the U.K., a 9-year-old girl has been sent to rehab
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Girl, 9, in rehab for Fortnite game addiction after wetting herself to keep playing

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for Fornite addiction, after wetting herself to keep playing. When her parents removed the game, she attacked them.

Should you be concerned about Fornite? And if you are, what can you do about it?

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What is Fortnite: Battle Royale?

  • Rating: Players aged 12 and up.
  • Cost: Free. Battle passes available for purchase to earn extra rewards.

The multiplayer ‘Battle Royale’ version involves up to 100 people playing against each other and is the version your child is probably playing or wanting to play.

It is a shooter game where players are dropped unarmed onto an island. There, they must make their way to ‘houses’ where they find weapons to shoot and kill. The last player standing is deemed the winner.

Unlike many online games where you are ‘respawned’ should you die and are able to continue to play, keeping alive is the difference between winning and losing and means a lot more in Fortnite than in many other shooter games.
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The Modern Parents Guide to Fortnite

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Fortnite Addiction Symptoms

Video game addiction is real, and the World Health Organization has officially classified it under the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).

Watch out for these red flags:

Being irritable or moody when they can’t play
Lack of control over gaming. They play because they cannot stop.
Losing interest in other activities (e.g. sports, exercise)
Constantly needing to play more and more (“it’s never enough”)
Being deceptive (e.g. stealing money to buy things in Fortnite)
Jeopardizing school, work, and/or relationships
More red flags to watch out for are available here

And remember that the key difference between a gaming hobby and a gaming problem is the negative impact it has on their life. If gaming is causing problems and they continue to play despite that, it is recommended to seek the help of a professional immediately.

Video Game Addiction Test

The American Psychiatric Association recommends a set of nine questions to screen for a video game addiction. Take our quiz below: