Parents Guide To Understanding Fortnite: Battle Royale


If you've got kids, chances are you've heard all about Fortnite — the uber addictive video game that your kids are probably obsessed with. It's hard to go anywhere without hearing kids talking about the latest "skins" they've gotten for their game avatars, watching kids break out in random dance moves they've picked up from the game, or simply observing them excitedly watch their friends, or even random strangers online, play the popular game.

Video games have always had an addictive component to them, but it seems that in the last decade gaming companies have really gone above and beyond to take gaming to the next level. Tech savvy kids are now fully immersed in the various virtual worlds these games create, but Fortnite: Battle Royale seems to be the most popular of them all. That popularity is showing no signs of slowing down either.

Fortnite: Battle Royale has become so popular it's often all kids want to play in their spare time, and many parents are wondering if it's simply "too much" for their children. Parents everywhere seem to be able to relate when talking about how much their kids love the game and how distracting it can be. If you're trying to decide if your child should be playing the game that everyone else seems to be playing right now, read on to learn all you need to know about Fornite: Battle Royale.

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What is Fortnite: Battle Royale?

Fortnite: Battle Royale is the brainchild of Epic Games. It's a free game that you can play on a variety of gaming platforms like Playstation, XBox and Nintendo. Basically, the game is one epic battle to be the last person standing. Each game can feature up to 100 players who can either play as an individual, duo or squad of up to four players. As the game progresses you either have to kill other opponents or manage to not be killed by them as the area you have to play in constantly shrinks. Players need to strategize to keep their characters alive as they try to find and scavenge weapons as they move through the game. Not only do you look for boxes containing ammo and a variety of guns and other weapons, but players can also find items that they can build shelter from to hide from other players.

Why Are My Kids Spending Money On It If It's Free?

While Fortnite: Battle Royale is definitely free to play, you may have noticed your kids asking for an advance on their allowance, or using their chore money to buy up gaming cards so they can spend it on Fortnite. Like many games kids play online or on their smartphones, there are options to buy additional "perks" or to "tier up" in the game. Players can purchase a battle pass that will give them access to Fortnite's currentcy, V-Bucks.

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With V-Bucks they can then buy different outfits for their avatars, otherwise known as "skins," and this season saw the introduction of "back blings" which are basically pets that can be worn with the new skins. New rewards are opened at different levels of play, but of course if the player is impatient they can always "tier up" by spending their V-Bucks. The game is still fun and fully functional in the free mode, but chances are your kids will definitely want the battle pass and ability to buy new skins as they become available. Making sure you have proper parental controls to block unauthorized purchases is a good idea if you have kids who like to impulse shop!

How Old Should They Be To Play?

Fortnite: Battle Royale is rated "T" for Teen in the US, but parents know their kids best and are the best judges as to whether their child can handle the game or not. There is also no age restriction to log in and play, the rating is simply a recommendation for parents. Although this is a shooting game and their is the use of weapons, there's also fun costumes and silly dances that kids are loving.

The game also requires players to strategize and work with teammates to be successful, which is definitely a bonus that not all parents recognize immediately. Kids can add a social element to the game by playing with their friends online, using headseats to work together, but parents need to know this also means they can play online with people they don't know.

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The game is super addictive because there are always new elements being added, making kids very anxious for their next game. Observe your child as they play and set screen time limits if you feel that it's all becoming a bit too much. If you're uncomfortable with any level of violence, even if it's the more cartoon-ish kind that is depicted in Fortnite: Battle Royale, this may not be a game for your family.

Should I Let My Kid Play?

The decision is ultimately up to the parent to decide whether their child should be playing Fortnite: Battle Royale, but even if you don't allow it in your own home just know your child may be anxiously running to their friends house just so they can play every chance they get. The game is geared towards kids with it's bright colors, fun characters and super viral dance moves, and it allows kids to play with their friends online. Kids can also play cross-platform, which means that even if they have a PS4 and their friends have an XBox, they can still play together.

Fortnite: Battle Royale may seem to have taken over your child's lives recently, but as long as you're setting limits and expectations for your kids on gaming responsibly, it really is a fun way for them to spend some down time between school, homework, and extracurriculars.

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