Fortnite frenzy seems to have come out of nowhere. Suddenly, thousands of children talk, play and invest time and money in this game. And with them, parents wonder what is with this game and how he managed to conquer so many children.
As the number of players is in the millions and the success of Fortnite is so sudden, it is normal to ask: what is it and is it okay for my child?
This action and survival game is similar to what you would get if you combined a Minecraft game (in which you have to build certain worlds) with an action shooter like Call of Duty. On the other hand, the game gets important points for encouraging teamwork and careful collaboration between children to build a virtual world. On the other hand, it is a fighting game, which involves a lot of weapons and violence.
Let’s see what were the main curiosities of parents related to this topic:
- What is Fortnite?
- What is Fortnite: Battle Royale?
- Why is your child so interested in playing Fortnite?
- Is Fortnite suitable for children?
- How old should children be to play Fortnite?
- How much does Fortnite cost?
- Are there micro-transactions in Fortnite?
- How do you manage the screen time for your child when playing Fortnite?
- Does Fortnite addictive?
What is Fortnite?
Fortnite is a video game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Mac and mobile, which takes elements from sandbox games (Minecraft) and adds the quick action of a third-person shooter (in which the character is present on the screen during the game ). There are two game modes: a solo version called Save the World and the extremely popular multiplayer version called Battle Royale.
What is Fortnite: Battle Royale?
When your child says they play Fortnite, it most likely refers to Battle Royale, Fortnite’s free multiplayer. In this version, up to 100 people can play together in one match. Players are thrown on the game map and must compete until the last one remains standing – knocking down all players in the game. During the game, players collect weapons, build safe structures and try to avoid “The Storm” which affects all players outside the safe zone. Unlike the Save the World version, there are no zombies to kill, which makes it a less scary version to play. However, players have the option to buy items to look like a zombie (another scary character).
Why is your child so interested in playing Fortnite?
There are many reasons why Fortnite quickly conquered so many children. One of them is that this game manages to combine two extremely attractive genres for young game lovers: a part that requires their creativity (building different structures and worlds) and an interactive part (real-time shooter).
Another reason is that it looks closer to cartoons – in which the bloody scenes are exaggerated and with extremely realistic graphics – so younger players are attracted to it. Children can play with friends in teams, thus ticking a more social aspect.
In addition, Battle Royale is free (although it also involves in-app purchases – which we’ll discuss more about below).
Is Fortnite suitable for children?
For some parents, the animated style of the Fortnite action makes the violence less problematic than other popular games with extreme violence (shootings, extremely bloody scenes). But the game’s online chat feature – especially in Battle Royale – could expose children to licentious language or mature content from strangers. We do not recommend open chat games for children under 13.
How old should children be to play Fortnite?
Because in this case we are talking about a shooting game that has scenes of violence and has the option of an open chat, we recommend that the player’s age be 13+ years.
How much does Fortnite cost?
Players can now download Fortnite: Battle Royale for free. The current cost for the Fulll version is $ 39.99, although the developer, Epic Games, has suggested that it will make this version of the game free-to-play at some point.
Are there micro-transactions in Fortnite?
There are common opportunities for players to spend real money on items in the game. Fortnite encourages purchases, either for upgrade upgrades – Deluxe and Super Deluxe – or for the in-game currency called V-Bucks that allows you to buy bonus items.
You should know that there is a whole industry of online scams developed at the expense of this popular game, through which children are tricked into buying fake V-Bucks.
There is also a Premium Battle Pass, a $ 10 subscription that allows players to compete on multiple levels and win exclusive game pieces / costumes.
How do you manage the screen time for your child when playing Fortnite?
When each game lasts only 20 minutes, it’s easy to fall into his “I only play one more trap” – and you end up playing the game. But you can take advantage of the short duration of the matches, using them as a stopping point in the game. Some children may receive a game time limit, limited to a certain number of matches per day. We advise you to find a balance between online games and other activities.
Does Fortnite addictive?
The game has many elements that make it attractive to players, from characters with fun costumes and dances, to weapons, landscapes and ever-changing challenges. And for children who play with friends, the social and competitive aspects are hard to resist.
Fortnite does not create a greater dependence on other online games. But the discussion about online gaming addiction is long. Many researchers believe that video games may be addictive: The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have identified a condition called Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD), which they say it could be similar to addiction, although more research is needed on this topic. But IGD is rare and can be linked to other conditions, such as depression and ADHD.