Girl Wouldn’t Stop Playing ‘Fortnite’ To Use Bathroom, Sent To Rehab

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The average person may not have to worry about video game addiction, but it is a problem for some, including a nine year old girl who has now entered rehab for being addicted to Fortnite.

Thankfully, she is reportedly getting back on track with her schooling and sports.

And now teachers are saying that pupils younger than Fortnite'sage rating of 12 years old are becoming obsessed with the game and it's having an impact on their concentration in school.

According to a report from The Mirror, everything seemed normal when the girl's parents purchased her an Xbox One for Christmas of past year.

And it was only after her dad found her sitting on a urine-soaked cushion that she came clean about the extent of her addiction and started intensive therapy sessions. "She was so hooked to the game she wouldn't even go to the toilet", the child's mother said, via the Daily Mail.

'She is in therapy for the addiction after she became withdrawn, agitated and disturbed from playing up to ten hours a day - sometimes playing until dawn, wetting herself so she didn't have to leave the screen'. One day, they received a call from her teacher to tell them the girl had fallen asleep during classes.

The girl's parents noticed their daughter had made purchases worth £50 a month using their credit cards, leading them to confront her. After the girl's father tried to take away the Xbox, she reportedly slapped him across the face for attempting to withdraw the console.

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The parents said their daughter started showing aggressive behavior after becoming hooked on the game.

Although the game is free to play, developers have raked in cash from in-game purchases as players try to boost their performance. Bad things can really happen, proven by a nine-year-old girl from United Kingdom who ended up in rehab for her Fortnite addiction.

It's clear that Carol's daughter has a serious Fortnite addiction, and hopefully she gets the help she needs while in rehab.

The game's Battle Royale mode is especially popular and sees 100 players fighting it out to the death in a last man standing contest.

The child's mother added: 'I urge every parent out there to know what this game can do, how it sucks young children in and could ruin lives'.

And professional gamers are making up to £500,000 (NZ$953,000) a month from live-streaming their matches for addicted children to watch.

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock has warned that addictive online shooter games like Fortnite can have a damaging impact on children.

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