'Fornite' listed as reason for 200 divorces this year

Video game addictions, online activity blamed for splitting up couples

By Nathaniel Rivas
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Game enthusiasts and industry personnel visit the 'Fortnite' exhibit during the Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

While "Fortnite" continues to be a favorite among online gamers, that popularity could be why the game is being blamed for hundreds of recent divorces.

In a report from www.divorce-online.co.uk, a U.K. website offering online divorce services, 200 divorce petitions listed addictions to "Fortnite" and other online gaming as the reason for ending a marriage since Jan.1. In general, roughly 5 percent of divorces this year list digital addictions in the petitions. 

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,” a spokesperson for Divorce Online said. 

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