Last Updated on 8th December 2020
What’s happening with Fortnite?
Fortnite just released its latest version of Battle Royale: Chapter 2, Season 5 which introduces several new areas on the map, items, and characters from the popular Disney TV show, ‘The Mandalorian’ (which includes the adorable Baby Yoda).
This latest version, like its predecessors, is not only lots of fun and highly addictive but also presents various risks to children and young people.
Whether you’re well acquainted with the challenges or a complete newbie who’s considering letting their children play Fortnite for the first time, our online safety experts have got you covered. They have tested the game and monitored the risks, to produce the following guidance for parents, carers, and safeguarding professionals.
If you’ve never heard of Fortnite, or want to refresh your memory, you can do so with our recent article, available here.
Season 5: Latest Features and (Potential) Risks
New In-App Purchases
Fortnite is forecast to make over $5 billion in 2020 generated through In-App purchases and selling ‘Battle Passes’, which offer users exclusive access to new features such as characters, skins (outfits), pets and discounted prices on other additions. So what’s in season 5?
Source: Fortnite Wiki (2020)
Source: Epic Games (2020)
Persuasive Design: ‘Just one more game!’
Fortnite makes full use of persuasive design features to captivate users and encourage repeated gameplay. The continued updates and changes contribute to the feeling that the game is always ‘active’ and users may experience fear of missing out or ‘FOMO’ if they don’t keep playing.
The game offers new maps, characters and tasks to encourage players to keep coming back, for ’just one more game’.
The latest release also includes two new additions for gamers which are likely to increase time spent on Fortnite:
Remember, gaming is fun and can have real benefits for children. But it’s a good idea to talk to children in your care about mindful gaming and healthy screen time habits. Making agreements on time limits and regular breaks can help support their leisure time and wellbeing.
There are many other features available in Fortnite, including ‘Creative Mode’ which removes all time constraints and pressure to play. To learn more about Fortnite sign up to our FREE upcoming webinar Back to Basics: Fortnite Battle Royale.
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