Eurogamer has found out that an article by The Daily Mirror that puts Fortnite in a negative light is not what it seems. Journalist Matthew Barbour paid for a suicide attempt on the game.
The article describes how Carl Thompson from Preston, an altered name to remain anonymous, makes an attempt at suicide as a result of playing Fortnite. Thompson would use speed to endlessly play and steal money from his parents to buy new skins and weapons. In April he would have attempted suicide because he did not get his life back on track.
The article was strongly criticized on social media because it completely ignores other potential causes for the suicide attempt. Matthew Barbour, the writer of the article, appears to have offered £ 300 through the ResponseSource platform to “write as strong a story as possible” about a child who is addicted to Fortnite. Eurogamer intercepted below the email from Barbour.
In the past, the journalist previously paid for negative, partly fabricated stories for different media. Below ex-Eurogamer employee Chris Bratt intercepts an email for a story about Pokémon Go. The Daily Mirror has not yet responded to the criticism.