9yo Fortnite addict wets herself to avoid turning game off
A NINE-year-old girl is reportedly in rehab for her addiction to an online video game sweeping the world.
The girl is said to have wet herself during a 10-hour-long binge on Fortnite - and even hit her dad in the face when he tried to take away her Xbox console.
The shoot-em-up game - aimed at young teens - has gripped millions of children across the world.
More than 40million have downloaded Fortnite worldwide after it was launched last July.
It has since been endorsed by top sport and music celebs - but experts fear it is leading to record levels of online addiction.
The girl's mum Carole, 36, told the Sunday People: "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.
"She is in therapy for the addiction after she became withdrawn, agitated and disturbed from playing up to ten hours a day - sometimes playing until dawn, wetting herself so she didn't have to leave the screen.
"This is a serious issue which is destroying our little girl's life and someone needs to step in to ban it before it becomes an epidemic."
Most Fortnite players take part in Battle Royale mode - fighting against 99 others to be the last person standing.
Although the game is free to play, developers have raked in cash from in-game purchases as players try to boost their performance.
Counsellor Steve Pope, who is treating the girl, told the paper that the game is a "gateway" into further addictions and gambling in later life.
Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos warned: "Parents need to look out for changes in behaviour and make sure their child has a good balance with other social and physical activities".