If I say Fortnite Battle Royale and you have no idea what that refers to, you either have no children or your kids are doing a good job of hiding what they're doing in their rooms.
Fortnite is a parent's nightmare du jour. It is a video game that's goal is to be the last man standing by killing everyone else using various weapons. It has been called a combination of The Hunger Games and Battle Royale and has 125 million players.
If you're not familiar with the super-successful dystopian novel (and now series of movies), The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, here is a synopsis:
"In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them each to select a boy and a girl, called Tributes, to compete in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games. Every citizen must watch as the youths fight to the death until only one remains. District 12 Tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has little to rely on, other than her hunting skills and sharp instincts, in an arena where she must weigh survival against love."
Battle Royale is a Japanese novel by Koushun Takami published in 1998 which became a movie of the same name.
"The government has established a military program, the Battle Experiment No. 68 Program wherein fifty randomly selected classes of third-year junior high school students are kidnapped, dropped into a remote location, and forced to kill one another until only one student of each class remains."
Though the setting is different, both plots involve the same concept - kill or be killed. A fight to the death. Both stories also provide participants with an array of weapons allowing the most gruesome deaths possible. How this game doesn't violate copyright laws is a mystery. Apparently, brutal murder isn't something anyone can own.
The point of the game is bad enough, but now it appears that there are even more worrisome aspects of it.
Players become addicted and withdraw from people and normal life in order to play it.
Up to 100 people can play at once and can talk directly to each other using the "voice chat" or "text chat" options with no information about who the player is communicating with or language filters.
It is obviously, extremely violent.
Players are at risk for hacking, spying on the player, scams and malware
It is a favorite of predators as a way to lure children into unsafe situations
White Supremacists have used it as a recruitment tool
But other than that, it's perfectly fine.
You may not want to know what's happening, but you need to. Here's a link that will answer many questions:
You can look the other way and hope for the best, but in the Fortnite world, that attitude will get you killed.