A mother from Sydney, Australia, has come forward to share a story about her ‘Fortnite-addicted’ son, who she says headbutted her for trying to stop him from playing.
Fortnite has come under fire again in a video from Australia's 60 Minutes, where a concerned mother spoke out about her son’s addiction to the battle-royale title.
In the video, she states that her son physically retaliated to her attempts to get him to stop playing, and admitted that she was ‘frightened’ of her child. The show’s host likewise revealed that her son had been truant from classes for two years.
The video also teased that video game addiction can cause ‘irreversible brain changes,’ and was paired with clips of the son in question stating that he missed his friends outside of the game.
“I kind of miss having, like, friends, but I’ve got friends online.”
The segment was advertised as a health warning, encouraging parents to take notice of their children’s video game habits.
The video follows the World Health Organization’s classification of video game addiction as a legitimate disease, under the name “Gaming Disorder.” The disease’s symptoms include “impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.”
Fortnite has been at the center of multiple controversies, including news of a girl entering rehab for her addiction to the game. The NHL has likewise cracked down on its players for posting about Fortnite on social media, citing that too much gaming takes away from valuable practice time.
While many gaming pros and personalities have spoken out about the benefits of video games, negative news continues to circle the topic, inciting a heated conversation throughout the world.