Fortnite Addiction Is Ending Marriages In The UK

By Beth Leipholtz 09/19/18

The popular video game is being cited in divorce petitions across the pond.

man wearing headphones playing Fortnite

The fact that video games can become addictive is not new. But the fact that they may play a role in divorce—especially one game in particular—is now coming to light.

The video game Fortnite Battle Royale, according to UK-based website Divorce Online, has been mentioned in 200 divorce petitions filed on the website since January. This is about 5% of the total petitions the site has received in that timeframe.

According to Quartz, Fornite Battle Royale is “a multiplayer Hunger Games–style shooter-survival contest where the goal is to kill off everyone else.”

The game was released last year and is free to users. However, most users buy digital items within the game, spending an average of $85 for such items.

According to Divorce Online, a spokesman stated that ”addiction to drugs, alcohol and gambling have often been cited as reasons for relationship breakdowns but the dawn of the digital revolution has introduced new addictions.”

“These now include online pornography, online gaming and social media, so it is no surprise to us that more and more people are having relationship problems because of our digital addictions.”

According to Fortune, it’s not just relationships that are suffering because of the video game. It’s become problematic in schools, especially since the release of the mobile app. In fact, some schools are even having wifi speed issues because of the number of students using the app. In some cases, it has even led to students fighting or disregarding school work. 

The game has also been an issue for some professional sports teams. For example, Fortune notes, hockey players from the Ontario Hockey League have been asked to remove any references of the game from their social media accounts. Major League Baseball has also cited issues with the game, even reporting one case of carpal tunnel. 

Even amid the issues it has caused, Fortune states, the game is growing in popularity. 

“In July, the free-to-access game passed the billion-dollar threshold through in-game sales alone, and some colleges are even starting to offer scholarships to top players,” Fortune reports.

According to Divorce Online, the numbers are indicative of the divorce market as a whole.

“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,” a spokesman said.

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Beth is a Minnesota girl who got sober at age 20. By day she is a website designer, and in her spare time she enjoys writing about recovery at, doing graphic design and spending time with her boyfriend and three dogs. Find Beth on LinkedInInstagram and Twitter.