Millions of kids spent much of their summer on an island. They explored caves, ran through fields, and built forts. These kids weren’t at summer camp, however. They were playing Fortnite Battle Royale. The wildly popular video game was released about a year ago. Since then, more than 125 million players around the world have joined the action.
But many people don’t think Fortnite is right for kids. Players shoot each other and only win the game after all the other players have been killed. The violence earned the game a rating of T (for Teen). That means it’s not suitable for kids under the age of 13. Plus, critics say, kids spend too much time trying to win the game.
“Playing too much Fortnite can interfere with sleep, homework, and responsibilities,” says Sierra Filucci. She works at Common Sense Media. That’s a group that reviews games, movies, and music to determine whether they’re appropriate for kids.
Others say there’s no harm in Fortnite, as long as kids don’t play the game too much. Fortnite fans point out that the game looks like a cartoon, so any violence isn’t realistic. Many people also argue that taking part in Fortnite battles can help sharpen team-building skills. In some game modes, players must work together in pairs or groups to find ways to survive.