The hit game fortnite is a massive multiplayer platform with millions of rabid fans who play it all day, every day. It’s also a technical heavyweight that can push the performance of custom-built PC gaming machines to the limit. But despite its high-end requirements, the game remains free to download and plays on almost all devices, from phones and tablets to computers and consoles. This flexibility has allowed Fortnite to reach a huge audience that wouldn’t normally be exposed to a game of its quality, and made it one of the most popular video games in history.
Fortnite, developed by Epic Games, is a multi-player online battle royale game that pits up to 100 players against each other in a fight to be the last player standing. The game is free to download and can be played on the latest video game consoles (Playstation 4, Xbox and Switch), most modern PCs running Windows or Mac OS X, and on many Android mobile devices. The game’s standalone mode, Battle Royale, is the most popular but it also features a Creative Mode that allows players to build their own structures and play mini-games and a separate mode called Save the World in which players battle zombie-like creatures.
Kids love fortnite for a variety of reasons, including its cartoony graphics that make it less gory than other video games. It’s also a very social game that can be played in Duos, Trios or Squads of up to four players. Many kids who play fortnite can be found playing with friends or with their parents and siblings, which creates a sense of community. And it’s a very popular game among professional gamers who often post their Fortnite gameplay videos on YouTube and Twitch.
However, it’s important to remember that fortnite is a violent game, and it can be very addictive. The game’s PEGI 12 age rating means that it is intended for children aged 12 and over and may feature scenes of mild violence but there is no blood shown and the shooting takes place from a safe distance using a pistol or other weapon.
In addition to the core game, Fortnite also offers a number of events and activities for its tens of millions of users, including music concerts and in-game livestreams from popular players like Marshmello and Travis Scott, and a host of movie and TV celebrities who join in to participate in ‘Fortnite’ broadcasts in advance of their new releases. For example, the first episode of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was launched with a special event featuring director J.J. Abrams and was streamed to millions of viewers who had downloaded the game.
Although there are no hard and fast rules about screen time or video games, it’s recommended that parents talk to their child about the game and agree on some limits. Some parents find it helpful to set a curfew for when the game is not allowed, and some even prefer to install parental controls on their home Wi-Fi router to block access to specific games or websites.