Prince Harry calls for Fortnite ban
With the ongoing rhetoric of ‘Violence in video games causes violent children’ pushed by the mainstream media, more and more influencers are lead to believe that video games are terrorising people and making them addicted to screens. The video game addiction has science behind it, and it can be a problem in some people, but this is massively overplayed by the media outlets that are trying to antagonise the gaming industry.
Prince Harry, when speaking at a YMCA to parents and mental health experts, called out Fortnite, saying that “The game shouldn’t be allowed. Where is the benefit of having it in your household?” He went on to infer that online games were ‘irresponsible’, potentialy using Fortnight as an example due to it’s recent popularity. “It’s created to addict, an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible.”
Sujoy Roy, a former professional Quake player, explained that ‘like many games, Fortnite is a really fun and sociable way to spend free time and, like everything, should be enjoyed responsibly’. He went on to say ‘Esports and gaming is here to stay, and the people who can make a name for themselves can expect a long and successful career ahead.’
Harry’s point of view seems incredibly dated and prejudice without any viable sources to back up his argument. It’s a shame to see someone with so much influence lash out at online video games when they clearly haven’t taken time to evaluate the positives that come from such platforms. Fortunately, his political influence is rather low, so his ‘call’ for a Fortnite ban is nothing more than another ill considered suggestion.