The Cost of Living With an Addict
Fortnite is far more than a harmless pastime. It is a plague that has been destroying families and bank accounts. There is a reason doctors are calling it the new ‘Crack’. Much like the street drug Crack Cocaine, Epic Game has found a way to deliver a quick dopamine boost through the opening of loot pinatas. You may think the comparison to street drugs is hyperbolic, but that just means you have never met someone with a Fortnite addiction. I spent 2 weeks with some of the highest spending ‘whales’ in gaming to see what the lifestyle is really like. Over those 2 weeks the whales spent a collective $25,000 on Fortnite and Pizza. Luckily I was there to chronicle their stories.
Up to Snuff
“I quickly realized I was way out of my league. Sure, I have bought a couple hearthstone packs, but I had no idea how good it would feel blowing 200 bucks on golden guns for the whole squad. However, after I had my card cut up at the liquor store, I am starting to rethink my financial decision.”
From the Couch to the Street
“It all started with Mario, the red plumber one, he really f**ked me over. If I had any idea as a kid how much this addiction would cost me… My wife left me because I asked her to put a mustache on in the bedroom. A man has needs.”
I Want a Real Chicken Dinner
“My Husband has been a Fortnite addict for 2 years now. I can’t leave money out anymore. Before all of this happened we were a happy family, but now he isn’t able to provide for me anymore, I want a real family meal, not chicken strips and honey mustard.”