The Duke of Sussex has been a strong supporter to mental health issues for children, but this is the first time he has specifically hit out at Epic’s Fortnite.
Fortnite has over 200 million users and has been able to bring in billions of dollars due to the game’s surge in popularity.
The Battle Royale game is a household name with everybody and their mother at least knowing about Fortnite.
In fact, in 2018, Fortnite alone was able to bring in $2.4 billion in revenue.
Why is the Duke of Sussex upset?
Even though Fortnite is known around the world, not everybody is excited about the battle royale shooter.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, was at an event at the West London YMCA on April 3, when he was asked about Fortnite.
“That game [Fortnite] shouldn’t be allowed. Where is the benefit of having it in your household?”
The Duke followed up his rhetorical question with, “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.”
Prince Harry finished his negative statement on Fortnite by claiming that social media was “more addictive than alcohol and drugs.”
Are the Prince’s opinions valid?
The Prince’s words should not be taken as gold, as a Scottish university researcher, Andrew Reid, said he thought Fortnite was not “addictive” and says that using the term “addiction” can stigmatize regular, casual video game players.
The video game industry reached a new peak in 2018, reaching an industry-wide revenue of $43.8 billion, up 18% over 2017.
The BBC has reached out to Epic Games for comment, but they did not respond as of April 4.
Fortnite continues to be a gaming powerhouse with millions of gamers jumping on each day, so we doubt Prince Harry’s comments will negatively effect the game.