Fans of Fortnite, the popular video game, recently flocked to join a live online event to mark the end of season 2 and the release of the latest version: season 3. The servers hosting the live event hit full capacity within 1 minute, as 12 million players took part. Another 8.4 million watched via live streams on YouTube and Twitch.y flocked to join a live online event to mark the end of season 2 and the release of the latest version: season 3. The servers hosting the live event hit full capacity within 1 minute, as 12 million players took part. Another 8.4 million watched via live streams on YouTube and Twitch.
What is Fortnite?
Fortnite was launched in the summer of 2017, quickly becoming a huge success among children and young people. In 2020, Epic Games, who own Fortnite, announced that there are currently 350 million registered users.
Fortnite: Battle Royale features up to 100 gamers, playing individually or as part of a squad. The aim of the game is to stay alive striving to be the last player remaining after the others have been killed.
Fortnite features cross-platform play between a range of devices, including on desktop computers, gaming consoles (e.g Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo Switch), smartphones or tablets. This means that children in your care can play on Xbox against someone playing on a mobile device.
Fortnite has a PEGI rating of 12. But as with many games of this shooting type, a number of children younger than 12 play, so it’s important that parents are aware of the safety concerns that have been raised, and how to help their children play safely.
The nature of the game is to stay alive, which has proven to be addictive for those who play. To sustain interest in the game, Fortnite periodically introduces new seasons and chapters, changes the map and introduce new elements to the game like the latest release of season 3.
As with most games, updates are released regularly and Fortnite uses visually pleasing cartoon-like graphics to generate engagement. If you allow children in your care to play the game, it is important to be mindful of healthy screen time limits to ensure children don’t spend too much time playing.
Make sure you take advantage of Fornite’s Parental Controls, where you can adjust settings to filter inappropriate language, auto decline friend requests, disable voice and text chat, hide names from random players and generate weekly playtime reports.
Game Privacy Settings
Your Guide to Social Media stories
State of the Nation – Understanding the experience of LGBTQ young people
How to manage your Facebook data
Set privacy settings on Facebook
What are you thankful for?