Fortnite was launched in the summer of 2017, quickly becoming a huge success among children and young people. In 2020, Epic Games, who own Fortnite, announced that there are currently 350 million registered users.
Fortnite: Battle Royale features up to 100 gamers, playing individually or as part of a squad. The aim of the game is to stay alive striving to be the last player remaining after the others have been killed.
Fortnite features cross-platform play between a range of devices, including on desktop computers, gaming consoles (e.g Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo Switch), smartphones or tablets. This means that children in your care can play on Xbox against someone playing on a mobile device.
Fortnite has a PEGI rating of 12. But as with many games of this shooting type, a number of children younger than 12 play, so it’s important that parents are aware of the safety concerns that have been raised, and how to help their children play safely.