Prince Harry: Fortnite Is Addictive & Irresponsible

By Bryan Le 04/08/19

The royal soon-to-be parent feels the video game has an alarmingly strong grip on kids these days... and perhaps should be banned.

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Prince Harry is fighting a royal battle against Fortnite. Gunter Hofer | Dreamstime.com

Prince Harry is no fan of Fortnite. The British royal addressed the wildly popular video game during a talk with mental health experts in London. He even floated the idea that the game itself should be banned.

“That game shouldn't be allowed. Where is the benefit of having it in your household?” he pondered. “It's created to addict, an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It's so irresponsible.”

He added that not taking immediate action would be a mistake.

“It's like waiting for the damage to be done and kids turning up on your doorsteps and families being broken down,” Prince Harry said.

He feels sorry for the parents dealing with something they might not understand.

“Parents have got their hands up—they don’t know what to do about it,” he remarked. “It’s like waiting for the damage to be done.”

Fortnite, developed by North Carolina-based company Epic Games, boasts around 250 million players worldwide. Players battle each other on a large map, battle-royale style.

The game itself is free to play, but players can purchase costumes and dances for their characters, reportedly earning Epic more than $300 million a month.

Prince Harry’s concern doesn’t grow from nothing. Some doctors are reportedly seeing a link between excessive gaming and the health of their young patients. Additionally, about 200 divorce cases in the UK from January to September of 2018 mentioned excessive gaming, including Fortnite, as a cause.

Fans and some experts are not convinced. Andrew Reid, a Scottish university researcher, says that calling games like Fortnite “addictive” needlessly stigmatizes all players and that there are positive social aspects to going online.

E-sports director Sujoy Roy says believes panicked parents should take responsibility instead of pointing fingers.

“Fortnite isn’t the first hit game to have had a bad press and it won’t be the last. It’s really popular with younger gamers and, of course, parents should keep a close eye on what their kids are playing and doing online,” said Roy. “But, like many games, Fortnite is a really fun and sociable way to spend free time and, like everything, should be enjoyed responsibly.”

Prince Harry’s criticisms didn’t stop at video gaming. He also blasted social media for being “more addictive than drugs and alcohol.”

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