Fortnite has quickly become a global phenomenon, but like any popular pasttime too much of a good thing can have an impact on relationships. The AV Club reports that UK divorce service Divorce Online claims that the game has been cited in a staggering 200 divorce proceedings this year. That’s said to be roughly 5% of all British divorces in 2018.
There’s reason to be skeptical that the blame for these broken marriages can be chalked up to Fortnite all by itself, though. As The Independent notes, the data didn’t show Fortnite being cited as the only or even necessarily the primary reason behind the divorce. Fortnite is cited alongside “other online games,” so while it’s a particularly popular one, it’s probably not solely responsible for all of the cited divorces. Plus, the report suggests that digital addictions in general are the problem. Those can include online pornography, online gaming, and excessive use of social media.
Of course, this report was only from one divorce service, in one country, and just this year. Fortnite is a global phenomenon, so it could actually be coming up even more, not less. As with any technology or game, the key is to make time for hobbies along with real life responsibilities and relationships.
The 5.41 patch for Fortnite just went live earlier today. You have just a few days left to complete the Season 5 challenges before the game rolls over into Season 6. If you’re rushing to get through them all–having come to an understanding with your spouse–check out our challenge locations and Week 10 Jigsaw puzzle locations. Your reward will be some sweet loot and a comfortable and happy marriage.