Fortnite Battle Royale - Why a computer game has turned into an obsession for Leeds kids

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Are you a parent whose child has been glued to their computer screen for hours on end?

Then the likelihood is that they are one of 40 million gamers across the globe playing, and likely to be obsessed with, Fortnite Battle Royale.

The 12 rated free-to-play game features up to 100 players, alone or in squads of up to four players, attempting to be the last player alive by killing other players or evading them, while staying within a constantly shrinking safe zone to prevent taking lethal damage from being outside it.

Players must scavenge for weapons and armor to gain the upper hand on their opponents.

Players can break down most objects in the game world to gain resources they can use to build fortifications as part of their strategy.

One parent told the YEP: “It has taken over the Easter holidays and we have had to put a restriction on when they can go on it.”

Another added: “It is driving us mad. Our lad just loves playing at all times of day and night. But it is becoming an obsession.”

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