Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and sixth in the line of the British royal crown, harshly criticized the popular royal battle game Fortnite and asked that it be banished. The BBC reports that Harry's comments came at a YMCA event in London shortly before the BAFTA Awards.
"[Fortnite] should not be allowed, "he said. Where is the benefit of having him in your home? It is created to addiction, an addiction to keep it 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 the children show up at your door and the families are destroyed. "
He also suggested that social media is "more addictive than alcohol and drugs."
These comments come as the title developed by Epic Games continues to grow in popularity; is arguably the biggest game in the world and has become a cultural sensation. Epic recently announced that Fortnite has crossed 250 million registered players, with a new record of 10.8 million players. It's still strong despite increased competition from Blackout Battle Royale's likes of Black Ops 4 and Apex Legends.
Prince Harry's comments come shortly after the World Health Organization (WHO) identified "game disorders" in its latest list of classified diseases. Disorder criteria list several common qualities among additive traits, including impaired control over play, higher priority of play in relation to the interests of daily activities, and continuation or escalation of play, despite the negative consequences.
These comments do not seem to indicate what is particularly problematic in Fortnite, but the popularity of the game probably played a role. There have been other recent conflicts with celebrities thanks to several lawsuits over the use of dances, which have been withdrawn for now. For more information on Fortnite, check out our Season 8 Challenge Guide.