Ban Fortnite? UK's Prince Harry Says Game "Shouldn't Be Allowed"

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Now Playing: Prince Harry Wants Fortnite Banned - GS News Update

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and sixth in line for the royal British crown, has sharply criticized the popular battle royale game Fortnite and called for it to be banned. The BBC reports that Harry's comments came at a YMCA event in London, just before the gaming BAFTA awards.

"[Fortnite] shouldn't be allowed," he said. "Where is the benefit of having it in your household? 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." He also suggested that social media is "more addictive than alcohol and drugs."

These comments come as the Epic Games-developed title continues to grow in popularity; it's arguably the biggest game in the world, having become a cultural sensation. Epic recently announced that Fortnite had crossed 250 million registered players, with a new concurrent player record of 10.8 million players. It's still going strong despite increased competition from the likes of Black Ops 4's Blackout battle royale mode and Apex Legends. The surge in popularity for Apex has led to competition between the two battle royales, with Fortnite even adopting some of Apex's more popular features.

Prince Harry's comments come just after the World Health Organization (WHO) identified "gaming disorder" in its latest list of classified diseases. The disorder criteria list several qualities common among addictive traits, including impaired control over gaming, increased priority of gaming over the interests of daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite negative consequences.

These comments don't seem to indicate what it is about Fortnite in particular that is problematic, but the game's popularity probably played a role. It has had other recent strife with celebrities thanks to several lawsuits over its use of dances, which have been dropped for now. For more on Fortnite, check out our Season 8 challenge guide.

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GirlUSoCrazy

How about you work on self control instead of trying to eradicate all temptation

Set up support for people who fall victim to addictive behavior and educate people on identifying excess in that vein if you're so worried.

I'm surprised someone who's 34 and groomed for the position of head influencer of Britain is so naive

Instigating moral panic is irresponsible too, Mr. David.

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NattyDaddy604

@girlusocrazy: he's a low IQ dunce who's sole purpose is to serve as a poster boy. Don't expect intelligent comments from the royal family :P

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yosus

How about a ban on royal families? Which century is this?

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gamingdevil800

@yosus: Nah I don't want a President in the UK with the ability to bypass parliament and pass whatever he/she wants to become law without Parliamentary approval. Likewise I don't want some knob as acting head of state while there is a PM such as some celebrity etc.

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Oloryn

He's not wrong, but the idea of government involvement isn't right, either. I dove into the psychology of the addiction of technology and social media for a class when pursing my Networking degree, and it's ugly. There is a ton of tangible, scientific proof that puts the brain-chemistry of social media and technological addiction in the same category as cocaine addiction, and I'm not being hyperbolic. We teach our kids not to do drugs, but we don't teach them not to form technological addictions, which should change. In the end, though, I don't think any government should be able to outright ban tech/social-media, but they should definitely invest in education so that kids, parents and families can handle those hurdles with informed decisions, same as they would with physical education or nutritional education.

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videogameninja

Oh, boy... lol.

Don't think Prince Harry is gonna' win over many gamers with those kind of comments (despite some of his criticism being valid.). Then again being prince I don't think he really cares what anyone else thinks.

The British monarchy has a history of that kind of thing.

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-REGICIDE? NINJA APPROVED-

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NattyDaddy604

He's not completely wrong. Only thing I disagree with is banning it... Everything else he is one hundred percent right. Social media is addictive, and its leading to the demise of REAL human nature. Connections and conversations are all artificial. Fortnite itself is an extension of it because of its reach and impact on culture. People need to learn the dangers of video game and social media addiction, and ban it from your own household if you desire.. but forcing gov't to create a law that prohibits it won't do anything

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Imajinn

This crap again? Every few years its ban something or another in the gaming universe. MK, WoW, EQ, etc

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Chippiez

Minecraft is the GOAT.

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Chippiez

He's not wrong.

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redhedjack

I get not liking or agreeing with a game, but to start banning media is a straight up rewind to the early 1900s.

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wrestlingdude

I see where Harry is coming from though. It’s one thing to play an hour or two of a game...but what I’ve seen fortnight do to family...how it “separates.” And IT IS because of how “fun” the game is to play, its specific pixels and its creations.

Honestly I think we can all spend more time outside enjoying the earth our good Lord gave us and NOT in the fake reality man created.

I still play Battlefield a couple hours a day, despite my hate for how the game has been turned upside down by EAs B.S. “casual standards” lol But being outside hiking in the Colorado Rockies, going to the shooting range, spending time in the Lord’s Light...is way more beneficial to my health and my Spirit.

Get outside today, go for a hike, go play a sport, and for the “of aged” have a camp fire and a few drinks with your friends tonight, do something other than gluing yourself to a screen of pixels for the entire day.

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DynamicDX

@wrestlingdude: stfu boomer, you rather play a garbage game like battlefield, hiking is a useless stupid hobby and f*** colorado too.

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wrestlingdude

@dynamicdx: So sorry. 😉

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Oloryn

@wrestlingdude: Obvious troll is obvious. You're view is on point, Wrestlingdude, we all need to unplug at times.

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wrestlingdude

@Oloryn: 🍻 cheers!

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Spartan_418

I agree, the gov should ban Fortnite, and advertise or subsidize better battle royale games like Apex and BFV Firestorm so kids play those instead.

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DynamicDX

@Spartan_418: apex is dogshit you stupid normie.

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Spartan_418

@dynamicdx: I'm not a huge fan of Apex actually, it removes most of what's good about Titanfall, but it's still better than Fortnite

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Oloryn

@dynamicdx: Except it's not, as proven by it's success, acclaim and fanbase...so there's that. Either way, I think you legit need to detox from the internet and chill a bit, and I'm not even trolling. De-stress, kick some ass in a game you like, find some joy in something that isn't inherently going to put you in a negative headspace, because trolling isn't going to make you feel better long term.

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Bread_or_Decide

Game responsibly.

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MrDinghat

@Bread_or_Decide: Lol, I can see that being a warning label put on games in the UK at some point.

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greaseman1985

Bahahahahahahaha "gaming disorder". What should really be banned is this ridiculous and unscientific field of psychology.

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Firosen

@greaseman1985: You've clearly never seen what a game designed to be addictive can truly do to a young person.

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