At a mental health conference event at a YMCA in West London on Wednesday, Prince Harry said Fortnite was created to addict.
“That game shouldn’t be allowed. Where is the benefit of having it in your household? It’s created to addict, an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible. It’s like waiting for the damage to be done and kids turning up on your doorsteps and families being broken down.”
According to BBC News, Fortnite has become a global phenomenon and the aim is simple – survive for as long as possible. Each match has a total of 99 other players with the same goals and lasts around 20 minutes, depending on how successful you are. It has 200 million registered players worldwide and is free to download, but players can spend money on in-game purchases.
There has been research reports to prove that some Fortnite players spend most of their social time playing the game. According to PCMag.com, some Fortnite players spend nearly an entire day each week playing the Battle Royale game, and 35 percent of high school and college players admit to having skipped school to play the game. Also, according to a survey from Lendedu.com, 29.4 percent of respondents play Fortnite up to 5 hours per week, and 32.5 percent play 6 to 10 hours per week.
As for the more extreme players, 17.3 percent said they play between 11 and 15 hours per week, 13.1 percent play 16 to 20 hours per week, and 7.7 percent play more than 21 hours of Fortnite each week.
However, there are other survival games which follow the same concept of Fortnite such as Rules of Survival which was released in November 2017, Call of Duty Black Out released in October 2018, and Apex Legends released in February 2019.
So Ziptocrats, should we ban those video games too?