Are you playing the game that’s causing 5% of all divorces in the UK?

A woman plays her favourite video game
A woman plays her favourite video game

The game Fortnite has become a viral sensation all over the world, South Africa included. According to The South African, it brought in R4 billion in just one month even though it’s a free to play game.

And it’s a pretty cool game, we totally get the hype. But it seems that it might also be the reason some couples are seeking to end their marriages. 

According to a new report from Divorce Online, a UK site offering information and services to people who are going through the process of going their separate ways, 200 divorce petitions filed in the UK since the start of this year cited Fortnite as a reason for the separation.

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“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,” said a Divorce Online spokesperson in the report.

The game has over 125 million players registered worldwide and while Divorce Online didn’t specify any reasons why Fortnite would be a factor in these couple’s marriages, we’re betting that it's because its highly addictive and time consuming nature is probably a big contender.

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A spokesman for Divorce Online said: "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.”

It’s not crazy to think that if your spouse is addicted to something it makes them a less attentive partner. While gaming is surely not as serious as being addicted to drugs or alcohol, it could become serious enough for you to need to talk to your partner about it. 

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