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Schools Have Started to Send Letters About the Dangers of Fortnite Addition

Published: 20/Jun/2018 15:25 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05

by DG Goldstein


Schools have been in a frenzy to inform parents about how students being addicted to Fortnite: Battle Royale may be harmful to their learning environment.

Regardless of your affiliation with the gaming industry, there is a good chance that you have heard about the phenomenon of Fortnite: Battle Royale, and how popular it has become worldwide.

With Fortnite being ‘free-to-play’ across platforms such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, and Nintendo Switch, gamers from all backgrounds and age groups can easily access the title and get in on the action.

It appears that the game has become a concern for a collection of Australian Primary Schools, with multiple institutions circulating warnings to parents regarding the potential harm Fortnite could be causing on students.

Bondi Beach, a public school in Sydney, mentioned how administration members and teachers have noticed a ‘noticeable change’ in student behavior: 

“A noticeable change in some behaviours in the classroom and in the playground, that are directly linked to Fortnite […] We are noticing the negative effects of this game, particularly on boys and most concerning, on boys in K-2”

An NSW public school named Shellharbour voiced concern about how online communication may stem the chance of bullying outside of the classroom, along with the use of inappropriate language.

The ability to communicate online whilst playing these games is leading to moments of online bullying, the use of inappropriate language and abuse.”

However, not everyone is up-in-arms involving Fortnite and its impact on children, including Dr. Marcus Carter, a lecturer in digital culture and gaming from the University of Sydney, who discussed that the worry stems from parents worrying about their children partaking in activities that were not available at the time of their youth.

“The media panic around Fortnite is indicative of tensions that exist between parents, children and any new media. When kids do things that kids didn’t do when we were kids – that can make parents concerned and worried.”

With Fortnite seemingly growing on a daily basis, there is no telling how large the game can get, or its future implications on young students going forward.

Source: The Guardian


Tfue finally reveals why he quit Fortnite after 2 years of “crankin 90s”

Published: 28/Oct/2020 22:50

by Alan Bernal


One of the biggest Fortnite streamers ever, Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, revealed why he quit the game that amassed him millions of followers and a lucrative streaming career.

Since Fortnite’s battle royale component was released, the 22-year-old has been one of the most consistent content creators around the title. As for skill, at one time he was hailed as the best player, which only skyrocketed his popularity on Twitch.

But after years of speaking out against design decisions and the subsequent release of Warzone, Tfue left behind his main source of content – sporadically popping back into Fortnite since.

Only lightly talking about his Fortnite absence in the past, Tfue opened up about why he left on the ‘Brand Risk Podcast’ and how he’s expanded from the game since making the decision.

Epic Games via Twitch
Tfue was a huge figure in the Fortnite scene. He’s pictured here making an appearance at the Fortnite World Cup.

“Two years of cranking 90s was just too much,” Tfue said. “I had to spice it up and play other things. Plus, I felt like I milked the game so much that, like, me playing it was almost digging myself into a pit.”

When he first started uploading YouTube videos on Fortnite, he called it one of the “easiest and most polished” battle royales in the market at the time. That was largely true, as audiences from all age and skill groups eagerly hopped on to try it out.

But as his popularity slowly grew on Twitch, he saw that Fortnite started to become a job instead of the title that consumed his gaming life.

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“I got to the point where the only reason I was playing it was for viewers and for my career,” he explained. “I just stopped caring about that and felt like I milked Fortnite for all that was worth, considering I was blowing up at the peak of it.”

Tfue feels Fortnite “will die down, but (never) actually die,” and he’s already deep into games like Warzone to hold him over. Other bigtime streamers like DrLupo, CouRage, and Myth have also been separating from Epic Games’ battle royale, something we’re seeing more and more.

While he made a name for himself on the Fortnite island, Tfue has been exploring greener pastures to take his streaming career to the next phase.