Nine-year-old in rehab after becoming addicted to Fortnite video game

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Playing Fortnite too often has reportedly gone too far for one player with reports emerging that a nine-year-old girl has entered rehab due to her gaming addiction.

But it was mid-March when they began to suspect something was wrong after teachers at their daughter's school voiced their concerns over her sleeping in lessons and her ailing grades.

The unidentified girl reportedly downloaded the game after she received an Xbox One in January and quickly became hooked.

And it was only after her dad found her sitting on a urine-soaked cushion that she came clean about the extent of her addiction and started intensive therapy sessions.

One headteacher, Jemma Garside, who runs a primary school in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, sent an email to parents where she wrote: "Unfortunately discussions around this game are being brought. into the classroom which is distracting children from their learning". "She is in therapy for the addiction after she became withdrawn, agitated and disturbed from playing up to ten hours a day-sometimes playing until dawn, wetting herself so she didn't have to leave the screen", Carol said.

"This is a serious issue which is destroying our little girl's life and someone needs to step in to ban it before it becomes an epidemic". The parents also started noticing regular charges on their credit card, which totaled up to £50 ($67) a month. Carol's mom said that the child even punched her husband in the face when the tried to take away her console.

Although the game is free to play, developers have raked in cash from in-game purchases as players try to boost their performance.

"Of course we were furious and confiscated her Xbox", said her mother.

The woman described how Fornite had made her son less sociable, saying he would ignore family time.

Video games, like many other forms of entertainment, can result in an unhealthy obsession or addiction.

Steve Pope, the addictions counselor who has been treating Carol and Richard's daughter, said that parents have been reaching out to him about their children, who are as young as 8, and their Fortnite addictions.

"I urge every parent out there to know what this game can do, how it sucks young children in and could ruin lives", the nine-year-old's mother added.

Most Fortnite players take part in Battle Royale mode - fighting against 99 others to be the last person standing.

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