Fortnite is out today for Nintendo Switch

Fortnite is out today for Nintendo Switch

Fortnite is out today for Nintendo Switch

The primary school pupil became obsessed with Fortnite, which been downloaded more than 40 million times since it was launched last July.

Since the game was launched in July a year ago more than 40 million people have downloaded it.

A nine-year-old girl was reportedly placed in a rehab due to her addiction to an online video game, Fortnite. Her parents, Carol and Richard, were first pointed to an issue when their daughter's school called about her falling asleep in class.

The child's addiction became so severe that she lashed out at her dad when he tried to confiscate the Xbox console.

The mum said: "Our daughter told us it could be some extras she'd paid for on Fortnite".

"My husband saw her light on in the night and found her sitting on a urine-soaked cushion playing the game".

Popular with children and stars like Tottenham's Deli Ali, the game has gripped millions across the globe.

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He told the newspaper friends of his young son would only talk about the game and said video game developers must take responsibility for highly addictive content.

Carol said her "backside was red-raw, she was so hooked to the game she wouldn't even go to the toilet".

For those keeping score, Fortnite is now available for the PC, macOS, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and iOS.

However, counsellor Steve Pope, who is treating the girl, warned it could be a "gateway" into further addictions in later life. "Then when I go to bed I play for another 30 minutes".

Fortnite might be free-to-play, but many gamers opt to spend their cash for optional in-game items to give their characters unique looks and dances.

Metro.co.uk has contacted maker of Fortnite, Epic Games, for comment.

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