Everyone and their cat know how successful Fortnite has become. It is, without a doubt, a worldwide phenomenon that Epic Games have created due to the game’s battle royale mode and in part, due to the fact that it is free. Everyone with a capable gaming device can play Fortnite and one measure of success is definitely when someone creates a petition to get rid of the game completely.
Just how far does the impact of Fortnite stretch out into the world and can it really affect marriages as well? As it turns out, it looks like it can as Fortnite has been mentioned as a reason for divorce and wrecking relationships by the UK’s “original and most trusted online divorce service”, Divorce-Online.
Since January 2018, Divorce-Online reportedly received 200 divorce petitions in which addiction to Fortnite (specifically named) as well as other online games have been cited as the reason for the filing for divorce. A spokesperson for Divorce-Online reportedly explained the situation, stating that:
“Addiction to drugs, alcohol and gambling have often been cited as reasons for relationship breakdowns but the dawn of the digital revolution has introduced new addictions.
These now include online pornography, online gaming and social media, so it is no surprise to us that more and more people are having relationship problems because of our digital addictions.
These numbers equate to roughly 5% of the 4,665 petitions we have handled since the beginning of the year and as one of the largest filers of divorce petitions in the UK, is a pretty good indicator.” – Source
Word to the wise, even though we all love gaming, it should never come to the point where it ruins a relationship. Further, spending a tonne of money on in-game purchases might be one of the reasons why relationships suffer, as stress about money can, unfortunately, put a big strain on many couples.
Keep in mind that there’s also a classification called “Gaming Disorder” and although I think this classification is premature, the new about this could potentially spur on and cited as a reason in situations like this.
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