Even after being a million dollar industry, gaming has never gained a positive outlook among people. ‘Fortnite’, a multiplayer battle royale, exploded the gaming world last year when it went from 20 million players to 125 million users globally. Count that down and we can get the 11th most populous country of the world placed just behind Japan. Unfortunately, for some dedicated players, Fortnite has brought damage beyond the virtual world.
Divorce-online.co.uk, a UK-based site has reported that among all the divorce petitions they have received since the start of 2018, over 200 petitions identified Fortnite addiction as one of the causes.
Multiplayer games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, FIFA, Dota 2, and more have boosted gaming reputation somewhat with year-long global tournaments and heavy winning prizes. Not only that, but gamers also gain a physical and mental stability with production houses accepting their talent and offering them opportunities to prove. However, even when the players are over these stereotypes, more issues of concern have emerged in the recent times.
With so many competitions going around every year, players are eager to earn the tag of a pro. Though it sounds easy, being a pro requires extensive and rigorous practice sessions, starting from 2-3 hours to 15 hours a day. While they learn the skills of controlling the game flawlessly, the relationships with families and other close ones around them are affected. A perfect example of this has come out as ‘Fortnite’, that has reportedly caused over 200 divorces in less than nine months of time this year.
Reports from Divorce Online
A spokesperson from Divorce-Online said, “These numbers equate to roughly 5 percent 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,”. He further added, “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 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.”
Given the fact that these stats are based solely on the UK, ‘Fortnite’ and other games might be a reason for many other concerns among diverse developed societies of the globe.
Over 125 Million Players Monthly
Fortnite draws in an average of 125 million players every month. The multiplayer game was developed in 2017 by Epic Games and since then, it has gradually become popular for being a challenging survival competition. According to the reports from Quartz, Fortnite cashed in $300 million in April this year, showing a staggering 40 million+ logins a month since then. A team of 100 players fights for survival in Fortnite Battle Royale.
Why PUBG Might Be Next ‘Fortnite’
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or simply PUBG was an extremely popular game on PC and Xbox. But its supremacy in the online gaming world came with the launch of the mobile version. The game, since its launch on mobile, has been a huge hit among gamers. The first-shooter-survives type of game is killing off hours of several gamers globally with an extremely portable access on smartphones. The addiction is another potential threat to the personal relationship of gamers, given the fact that it is yet to be launched on the most popular gaming platform, PlayStation.
While we don’t think that these games affect everyone, we do admit the fact that a few (200 among millions) gamers take matters to a point where real life seems to fall into jeopardy.