Gamers going crazy for Fortnite
IT’S described as Minecraft meets Hunger Games — a video game called Fortnite Battle Royale that has teens addicted, parents concerned about excessive screen time — and one group trying to ban it.
But there’s no denying the game’s popularity.
It allows you to select an avatar that is parachuted onto an island where you must compete against 99 other players to gather weapons, build structures — and kill the rest to stay alive. But you can bust out a signature dance move whenever the mood strikes.
Created by Epic Games, Fortnite was released in July last year but it wasn’t until September, when a second, free version of the game launched pitting player against player, that its popularity skyrocketed.
The developers make money through in-game purchases.
One Australian group is petitioning the Australian Classification Board to ban Fortnite and has more than 918 supporters so far, arguing it will create “the next generation of violent convicts”.
Cyber safety educator Leonie Smith said the game was designed for children aged 12 and over, violence is presented in a cartoon-style and parents should decide whether to allow their children to play the game.