Have you heard of Fortnite? You know, the video game that has taken the world by storm and our loved ones from us?
If you are unfamiliar with the game, you are likely one of the few, as since it was first released in July 2017 it has attracted more than 125 million players worldwide. Gamers of all ages log in on a daily basis, trying to see who can conquer the map one round at a time.
But it turns out for as much enjoyment as Fortnite has brought to some, it has also caused its fair share of problems. As in, the marriage-ending kind.
Blame the game
Now, it’s probably fair to say that if Fortnite is being blamed for the end of a marriage, it probably wasn’t a particularly strong marriage to begin with. That, and it’s really not likely that the game itself was the single reason for going the route of divorce.
Still, online divorce service Divorce-Online.co.uk says a little research revealed addictions to Fortnite or other online games have been cited as one of the reasons for divorce 200 times this year.
Other issues have also been listed as reasons, such as addiction to drugs, alcohol and gambling. Those are somewhat traditional reasons, though.
The rise of technology in entertainment makes something like this possible, and the introduction of Fortnite — a pure multiplayer game that pits people from all over the world against each other in combat — is certainly the kind of thing that could strain any relationship, marriage or otherwise.
But before you feel like Fortnite or other games will lead to the end of marriage as we know it, that is, as of now, hardly the case. As a spokesperson for Divorce-Online.co.uk put it, “These numbers equate to roughly 5% 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.”
Why is Fortnite so popular?
There have been plenty of popular video games, and no doubt some have been cited in the ending of relationships. What makes Fortnite so different and popular is its competitive nature, with its free Battle Royale mode fitting up to 100 players in a map at each time, all fighting each other until one is left.
Once that happens, the round ends and the next one, with everyone back in, can try again with different contestants each time. While that is similar to some other first-person shooter style games, Fortnite players do not all need to be playing on the same console in order to match up with each other.
Available for Windows, MacOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS and Android, it is played and broadcast by many celebrities who have only helped to bolster its reputation.