It's hard not to have heard about the popular game Fortnite, but the video game turned out to be so addictive for some young players that it could have the same effects as a drug. At least, that's what some experts say, and many parents are increasingly turning to professionals to help them reduce their children's extreme obsession with the game.
According to Bloomberg, there has been a great recent increase in parents who take their children to therapy to deal with this problem, and some even send them to special camps where they can “detoxify” the technology and get a more productive lifestyle. .
Michael Jacobus, who has advised children in camps in California and North Carolina, said in an interview that more than half of the children he dealt with were playing Fortnite in an excessive and compulsive manner. I have never seen a game that has so much control over the minds of children, ”he added. It is not surprising that, with something as popular as Fortnite, there are some players who become addicted to it.
This is not the first time we see gamers fight addiction to video games, which is the diagnosis for most of those who are being sent to counselor. For example, the multiplayer game World of warcrafthas been nicknamed "World of warcrack“, Alluding to the crack drug, and its ability to absorb the attention and time of those who play it, neglecting other important aspects in their life.
However, on the other side of the spectrum, some parents have actively encouraged their children to continue playing and improving, with the help of special tutors. Ashland University in Ohio is even offering a scholarship for players, and since eSports are becoming an increasingly large field, there is a possibility that some young people may have a career as professional players.
Battle Royale mode of Fortnite exploded in popularity in 2017, based on the previous success of PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds. Despite the numerous games that are released every month in this genre, none of them have managed to get close to capturing the same number of players as Epic Games, and with the Save the World mode to be free next year, it is expected even more content for fans to enjoy. The ‘Save the World’ mode was actually the original Fortnite mode before it incorporated ‘Battle Royale’, but it is substantially less popular.
Fortnite is now available with support for cross play or cross game on several consoles, such as Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, PC and Mac.