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

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Cross-platform battle royale phenomenon Fortnite's appearance on the Nintendo Switch has been long anticipated and, by now, rumored and leaked plenty, but Switch owners have been left with questions about their console's version, including its release date.

Fortnite has exploded in popularity since launching in July a year ago.

She would secretly play the survival shooter game during the night and didn't even get up to use the toilet because she couldn't prise herself away from the screen, the Daily Mail reports. "She had fallen asleep twice in lessons and her grades were slipping", said mother Carol.

Fortnite might be free-to-play, but many gamers opt to spend their cash for optional in-game items to give their characters unique looks and dances.

When her parents noticed several small payments, totalling over £50, from their credit cards, they suspected their child.

"Of course we were furious and confiscated her Xbox", said her mother.

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One night Richard found her in her room at night "sitting on a urine-soaked cushion playing the game".

The mum said: "Our daughter told us it could be some extras she'd paid for on Fortnite". "But then she lashed out and hit my husband in the face".

The girl's parents bought her the Xbox in January and she downloaded Fornite - endorsed by numerous celebrities - soon after.

The girl is now undergoing psychotherapy to cure her from her addiction.

Popular with children and stars like Tottenham's Deli Ali, the game has gripped millions across the globe.

"Over the last two months I've been contacted by dozens of parents with children as young as 8 showing signs of addiction to Fortnite", counselor Steve Pope told the Mirror UK.

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