Games can be addictive and we’re sure that many of us know that. However it seems that in the case of Epic’s massive hit Fortnite Battle Royale, it has become so addictive to the point of being disruptive, affecting kids who are going to school where parents are forced to send them to video game rehab.
In a report from Bloomberg, it quotes various experts who have likened the game to a drug. Lorrine Marer, a British behavioral specialist who works with kids who have addiction problems says that it is almost like heroin. “This game is like heroin. Once you are hooked, it’s hard to get unhooked.”
Fortnite’s addictive nature has been cited in cases of conflict. Earlier this year it was reported that over in the UK, there have been a number of divorce cases in which Fortnite was cited as one of the main reasons. That being said, Fortnite isn’t alone in being a game that has caused gamers to become addicted to it.
In the past games such as World of Warcraft were blamed for causing gamers to neglect their real-life duties, such as taking care of their kids, or even taking care of their own health. The WHO has also recently recognized “gaming disorder” as a disease, where it is defined as gamers giving increased priority to gaming to the extent that it takes precedence over other life interests and activities.