Fortnite game addiction: real or overblown?

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  1. Gaming disorder serious issue but numbers of people affected minimal: experts
  2. Fears that the popular game Fortnite may be addictive for children overblown

Epic Games’s Fortnite is one of the most widely-played games in the world. The free-to-play game sees up to 100 players parachuted onto a deserted island where every player is tasked with killing anyone they encounter, until a single victor remains. The game’s bright colors and lack of gore appeal to young children and their parents alike (Guardian).

But Fortnite has been singled out for criticism because of the monetizing methods it uses to keep users playing. Critics have labelled the mechanisms “a compulsion” or even “addiction”.

With stories (Mirror) of children as young as nine addicted to the popular game, fears are growing of the game’s potentially nefarious effects.

WikiTribune wants to report on addiction to Fortnite. Have you experienced it? Know anyone who has? Is this real, or just another overblown “the kids and technology” scare story?

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