Fortnite is Being Blamed For a Rising Number of UK Divorces

By Kim Snaith on at

Yeah, you read that right: Fortnite, the multiplayer battle royale game that's taken the world by storm, is allegedly responsible for much more than distracting swathes of school children: it's breaking up marriages, too. According to a blog published by Divorce Online, the company has received 200 divorce petitions citing "addiction to Fortnite" as a reason for divorce. Those 200 petitions make up roughly 5% of the cases handled by the company since January 2018.

Perhaps it's not 5% of all divorces. Perhaps Fortnite-related separations are exclusive to this particular Divorce specialist. But still, it's an astounding number. Although one would imagine that there's more to breaking up a marriage than just one game. Excessive playing of computer games in general, of which Fortnite is played most often, perhaps.

The blog post also quotes online gaming, online pornography and social media as frequent cited reasons for filing for divorce. The digital age we live in may bring with it lots of technological advancements, but it's also wrecking marriages, it would seem.

Our solution? Play Fortnite together! Or at least make some time to enjoy each other's company doing activities that both partners can enjoy. [Metro]