Wednesday, 21 March 2018

What parents should know about Fortnite Battle Royale


If you have children at home, chances are they have asked you if they can play Fortnite Battle Royale. Unless you are a nerdy parent like myself, you might not know what it is and if it's okay for your little one's eyes. With this post I hope to provide you with some information on the game and help you decide whether it is appropriate for your kiddos. I have given each category below a rating. The higher the value, the higher the risk to your child.

What is Fortnite Battle Royale?
Fortnite Battle Royale is a free to play online game (meaning the developers make their money from in-game purchases) where 100 players 'fight to the death' to be the last man standing. Players use a variety of weapons to eliminate their opponents and have the ability to build structures in order to protect themselves. The game features in-game purchases which are advertised to the player. It is important to note that no purchase is required in order to enjoy the game, all purchases are purely cosmetic.

Check out the short video below to see what the gameplay is like and what your child will be doing. This footage comes from the official Fortnite YouTube channel.


Violence (3/5)
There is no getting around it, the game is all about guns and killing your opponent. The game's cartoon art style and lack of blood and gore do reduce the graphic nature of the violence, however if you are uncomfortable with combat games this would not be a good choice.

Sexual Content (0/5)
Not applicable.

Language (0/5)
Fortnite Battle Royale does not include any inappropriate or offensive language directly but this can be introduced by the online interaction with other players as outlined below.

Online Interaction (3/5)
The game allows players to communicate via text message and/or voice chat. This interaction could expose your child to inappropriate and offensive language. There are ways to limit these interactions by disabling voice chat in game and/or using the video game console's parental controls (link below to PS4 parental controls).

In-Game Purchases (3/5)
Fortnite Battle Royale offers players the opportunity to purchase cosmetic items (outfits, gliders, dances, etc) with in-game currency called V-Bucks. This currency cannot be earned through game play and needs to be purchased directly through the console's storefront. Suggestive advertising is used to entice players to make a purchase, so make sure if your child is playing they do not have easy access to purchases. Some outfits cost as much as $25. Luckily none of these purchases are required to enjoy the game.

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Hopefully this helps you understand the game more thoroughly. In our house, after my wife and I reviewed a few game videos and discussed our concerns, we chose to allow our 9 year old son to play the game. Keep in mind that through the PS4 parental controls, I am able to control his experience as much as I can, including blocking all in-game purchases. I also took a few minutes to remind my son that he has no access to such items, and would be wasting his game time by clicking on the advertisements.

If there is anything else you would like to know about Fortnite Battle Royale or any other game leave a comment below and I will do my best to help out.


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