Games have come and gone, the hype and rave are always great, but they usually make way for newer games to come and take over. However, it seems that Fortnite is here to stay based on the level of success it’s achieved this year alone, and the lengths people are going to to continue playing the game.
According to a sample of 200 divorce petitions since the beginning of this year, Fortnite and other online games has been cited as a top reason.
The data comes from the top Divorce website in the UK and the sample represents approximately 5% of all the petitions they handled thus far this year. They decided to dig into the data after noticing Fortnite being repeatedly listed as an issue in these marriages.
A spokesperson for the company explains:
“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.”
This is especially interesting given that Fortnite’s demographics lean young, with nearly two-thirds of its player base in the 18-24 age range with the most popular segment coming from college-aged men (men in total, account for 72% of the total Fortnite player base) according to research by Verto Watch and Statista conducted earlier this year. It just goes to show how massive and far-reaching Fortnite has been, helped in part by it being a free-to-play game, financed via in-game cosmetic microtransactions.