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  • The most popular video game right now is "Fortnite."

  • And why not? It's got everything people love:

  • hanging out with your friend, killing your friend,

  • and dancing over your friend's dead body.

  • But just like every other thing that's popular,

  • people have started to blame it for all their problems.

  • The popular video game Fortnite

  • now has more than 200 million registered players worldwide.

  • The problem is, experts say it's incredibly addicting.

  • NEWSMAN: Behavioral health experts

  • have seen an increase in young adults seeking treatment

  • for their addiction to video games.

  • In fact, earlier this year, the World Health Organization

  • recognized gaming disorder as a diagnosable condition.

  • NEWSMAN: A British behavioral specialist says

  • Fortnite addiction is like heroin.

  • Okay. Fortnite is not like drugs, okay?

  • There's no rock star who died from video games.

  • Elvis wasn't passed out on the toilet

  • with his veins full of Pac-Man.

  • Right? No other form of entertainment

  • gets the bad rap that video games do.

  • I mean, why does 20 straight hours of Fortnite

  • mean you're "addicted," but binging Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

  • means you're sophisticated? Oh.

  • And so what if I sometimes miss work

  • because I was up all night playing Fortnite?

  • I just tell my idiot boss I lost my voice--

  • -like he does all the time! -(laughter)

  • -(applause) -All the time!

  • (laughter)

  • You have one job!

  • But fine, these so-called specialists

  • say it's an addiction,

  • and now innocent kids are paying the price.

  • Some parents are so worried

  • their kids are spending so much time playing the popular game,

  • they're taking a drastic step and sending their kids

  • -to video game rehab. -MAN: Well, this year

  • the "drug of choice," as we call it, is Fortnite.

  • NEWSMAN: Michael Jacobus runs Reset Summer Camp,

  • a four-week program that focuses on teen tech addiction.

  • MAN: When kids are at your camp,

  • -is it like a detox? -Yes, absolutely.

  • NEWSMAN: With no devices for a whole month,

  • the camp focuses on therapy and teaching life skills,

  • like cooking and laundry.

  • Okay... cooking and laundry is not rehab.

  • It's what makes you want to play video games in the first place.

  • Okay? No kid has ever been like, "Hey, washing my filthy clothes

  • is so much fun, I'll never play video games again!"

  • If I wanted to cook and do laundry,

  • I'd play The Sims, all right?

  • And the blame keeps going, because according to some,

  • Fortnite isn't just damaging kids, it's ruining marriages.

  • An online UK divorce service says 200 divorce petitions

  • cited Fortnite this year.

  • That was the reason for the split?

  • -Put the controller down. -Fortnite.

  • Don't blame Fortnite for your shitty marriage, okay?

  • You made your wife sit and watch you play Fortnite,

  • day after day, until one day you look over and she's gone.

  • Well, guess where she is now, buddy?

  • She's at my house watching me play Fortnite.

  • -(laughter) -Guys, Fortnite is harmless fun.

  • In fact, the only place I draw a line

  • is using it to train real killers.

  • You can serve your country and play Fortnite?

  • Well, the Stars and Stripes newspaper says yes.

  • The army is forming a team of pro gamers

  • to compete in tournaments as a recruitment tool.

  • NEWSMAN: The plan is actually to have recruiters

  • playing those games in their uniforms at tournaments

  • to provoke questions about their jobs from the players.

  • This is a great idea, until those dumb kids stop fighting

  • and start dancing in the middle of the war right...

  • and just getting shot... (grunting)

  • The only way the army should use Fortnite

  • is to drop it on ISIS.

  • Then they'll start playing it 20 hours a day,

  • and we'll have won the War on Terror.

  • And that's when we really get to dance.

  • Ronny Chieng, everybody!

The most popular video game right now is "Fortnite."

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