The current game craze that is sweeping schools and universities is Fortnite: Battle Royale. It is a multiplayer, first-person shooter game where players battle until only one is left standing. Think Hunger Games meets Video Games.

There are 40 million players worldwide, so it is definitely popular. These kinds of games can worry parents due to the violence and potential for addiction.

So should you be worried about your kids? 

This is what you need to know…

The game’s popularity stems from the fact that it is free to play and has a quirky humour attached to it. The graphics are cartoonish (which thankfully reduces the violence factor) and there are hilarious costumes and dance moves to bust out. Many popular gaming YouTubers play it also, increasing the profile and popularity of the game.

The Positives

  • It’s free so they won’t be spending their savings
  • They can team up with friends which adds a social element
  • The game is more focused on the fun aspect than violence
  • Playing video games can increase problem-solving skills and reaction times
  • On XBox or PlayStation, you can limit the amount of time your kids can play for

The Negatives

  • While the gameplay is free, there is the pressure to purchase in-game currency (with real dollars) to unlock extra items
  • Developers are always adding new content, so there is a constant desire to play to discover the new content
  • The possibility of neglecting homework and other duties is very real if they are constantly playing

Like everything, Fortnite: Battle Royale is fine in moderation. If your kids can strike a balance between playing and their other responsibilities then there isn’t much to worry about.