Please find some information below that has been sent to schools to help support parents around the latest online game, ‘Fortnite.’ Please note, this game is not downloadable to any of the Chromebooks in school. We hope you find them helpful.
These are the main headlines:
What is Fortnite?
Fortnight is an online game, which includes Battle Royale, where players do not have to pay to play. In Battle Royale, 100 players compete against each other to be the last person standing in player vs player (PVP) combat.
Users play against people of different ages from across the world, and can talk and interact with each other as they play through the in-game chat feature.
What age rating is Fortnite?
Fortnite has a PEGI rating of 12, PEGI have said this is due to the: ‘frequent scenes of mild violence. It is not suitable for persons under 12 years of age’.
This PEGI rating only takes into account the content in the game and not the contact element, where players may be exposed to swearing and offensive language from strangers, either through audio or on-screen text chat.
What do I need to know?
You need to create an account
In order to play Fortnite you have to create an account. To create this account you need to provide an email address (which you will have to verify) and display/user name. However you are not asked your age in order to create an account.
You are playing against other players
As Fortnite is an online game you willplay against players of different ages from across the world. You cannot turn the in game chats off or choose who you play against.
You can make in game purchases
Although Battle Royale is free to play, other aspects of the game are not. There are packs which give you different access to the full game and extensions, bonuses and weapons. These start at £34.99 and go up to £119.99. The game does ask players to make additional in-game purchases whilst playing, though these are not required to play the game.
There is animated violence
Fortnite does feature violence when players are in combat with each other, the animation of the game is very cartoonish, and the violence isn’t bloody or gory. However, it is worth noting that the aim of Fortnite is to defeat other players by fighting against them.
Where you can play
Fortnite is currently available on PC, Mac, PlayStation and XBox , and will soon be available on IOS (apple products). It is downloadable from the Fortnite website, this download gives access to both the free and paid for versions of the game.
Further links can be found at:
- https://smartsocial.com/fortnite-parent-guide/ (a handy video guide for parents about this game)
On another unrelated note, a couple of stories also doing the rounds which have an E-safety/Digital link to them.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-44224319 -An interesting article about children in US making the claim that they wished mobile phones had never been created as they feel this is taking away from the parent-child connection.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44153754 –A claim made that ‘sharenting’ (where parents share personal information about their children) is one of the biggest threats to online fraud and identity theft