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Nine-year-old in rehab after becoming addicted to Fortnite video game

12 June 2018

During the latest Nintendo Direct for E3 2018, the company officially announced that Fortnite will be heading to the Nintendo Switch from Epic Games, marking the latest edition of the massively popular shooter.

The Switch is a great platform for the title, what with its console/handheld hybrid status and the popularity of playing Fortnite anywhere and everywhere, on seemingly any device that can possibly play a video game. After Nintendo seemingly confirmed the existence of a Fortnite Battle Royale port with an eShop update last week, Twitter user Simon Aarons dug a little deeper over the weekend and discovered that all of the information for Fortnite has already been uploaded on to the digital storefront.

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The multiplayer shooting game's most popular format sees 100 people jump out of a plane to land on an island and fight until only one is left.

The game has been endorsed by a large number of celebs who regularly upload videos of them playing the game. Of course, whether those games can pull off the same addicting gameplay as Fortnite remains to be seen.

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At this point a Fortnite Switch release is basically a given after numerous leaks. It's available to download and play today, starting at 10:00 a.m. PT.

The girl's mother told the Sunday People newspaper: "We had no idea, when we let her play the game, of the addictive nature or the impact it could have on her mental health". The Switch's online services are now free, but starting in September Nintendo will begin to charge for online multiplayer.

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Are there any Nintendo skins for Fortnite on Switch? It also notes that a Wingman Starter Pack and V-Bucks add-ons will be available. As of Tuesday, the game is now on every home console, on iOS and Android, and on PC and Mac - a rare occurrence, especially for competitive online games. But what happens when you get addicted?

Nine-year-old in rehab after becoming addicted to Fortnite video game