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'Fortnite' addiction? Ways to maintain video game balance

A loading screen for the mobile version of 'Fortnite' (KHQA/Marcus Espinoza)

With more than 150 million players, the free-to-download game has proven to be a cultural phenomenon.

But has Fortnite become an obsession for some?

Family Counselor Mark Vander Ley with Connections Family Counseling in Quincy says, like any video game, addiction can become a possibility.

"I think there can be an impact. I wouldn't want parents to overreact to it. I think if a child is only playing video games for long long period of time and not having other social interactions, then it can have some negative impacts," said Vander Ley.

The game is incredibly profitable as well.

In 2018 alone, the game pulled in an impressive $3 billion in revenue.

Players are spending on average just under $85 a piece on the game, according to a survey by Lendedu.

That same survey asked 1,000 players whether or not they missed school time to play Fortnite.

Nearly 15 percent said "yes, a lot."

Vander Ley often recommends setting limits.

"Some parents that means there's a short period of time each day a week, other parents that means they're only allowed to play on the weekends," said Vander Ley.


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