Warning on 'gaming disorder' after Fortnite assault charge

Warning on 'gaming disorder' after Fortnite assault charge

The alleged live-streamed assault by gamer Luke Munday on his partner is the latest in a series of violent incidents that have been linked to video games around the globe.

And at least one expert believes the problem is set to continue.

Mr Munday, 26, was charged with allegedly assaulting his pregnant partner, who interrupted him during a live-streamed game of popular multiplayer shooting game Fortnite.

Gamer Luke Munday is facing court after allegedly assaulting his partner. (A Current Affair)
Mr Munday's alleged assault was live-streamed. (A Current Affair)

Mr Munday will return to court in January, when he will plead. While his case is still before the courts, the separate issue of violent video game incidents in the community are on the rise.

Sydney man Daniel Chapman is serving three years in jail after fatally stabbing his father, Stephen, because he interrupted Daniel's video game.

In the US, a 13-year-old girl was shot dead, allegedly at the hands of her younger brother, over a video game.

Shooter David Katz killed two after losing an e-sports tournament. (A Current Affair)

And David Katz shot dead two people and injured 10 at the same after losing an e-sports tournament in Jacksonville, Florida.

Gaming disorder was listed as a disease by the World Health Organisation in June.

Addictions specialist Professor John Saunders said it was a "very real disorder".

Gaming disorder is a disease, according to the WHO. (A Current Affair)

"Increasingly we are seeing people developing gaming disorder in their 20s and 30s," he said.

"Gaming disorder in Australia will become an increasing problem, and an increasingly serious problem, before it gets better."