Ban Fortnite, Says Prince Harry

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and sixth in line for the royal British crown, has sharply criticized the popular battle royale game Fortnite and called for it to be banned. The BBC reports that Harry’s comments came at a YMCA event in London, just before the gaming BAFTA awards.

“[Fortnite] shouldn’t be allowed,” he said. “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.”

He also suggested that social media is “more addictive than alcohol and drugs.”

Prince Harry’s comments come just after the World Health Organization (WHO) identified “gaming disorder” in its latest list of classified diseases. The disorder criteria list several qualities common among addictive traits, including impaired control over gaming, increased priority of gaming over the interests of daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite negative consequences.

These comments don’t seem to indicate what it is about Fortnite in particular that is problematic, but the game’s popularity probably played a role. Epic Games recently announced Fortnite had crossed 250 million registered players, and a new concurrent player record of 10.8 million players. It’s still going strong despite increased competition from the likes of Black Ops 4 and Apex Legends. It has had other recent strife with celebrities thanks to several lawsuits over its use of dances, which have been dropped for now. For more on Fortnite, check out our Season 8 challenge guide.

from GameSpot – Game News

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