Prince Harry: Fortnite “shouldn’t be allowed”

The royal is not a fan of battle royale – claiming the video game is “irresponsible” and “shouldn’t be allowed”

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 05.04.2019 | Entertainment

Prince Harry: Fortnite “shouldn’t be allowed” thumbnail

Prince Harry has publicly condemned Fortnite, saying that the video game juggernaut “shouldn’t be allowed”.

Created by Epic Games, Fortnite challenges 100 players to parachute on to an island, forage for weapons and fight to become the last player standing and secure the triumphant ‘Victory Royale’.

But the royal says its ability to keep players, particularly children, transfixed in front of their screens for hours at a time is “irresponsible”.

“It’s created to addict, an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible,” he said, before dramatically claiming: "It's like waiting for the damage to be done and kids turning up on your doorsteps and families being broken down."

Jazwares' Fortnite toys are up for an International Licensing Award

He cast the scathing judgement during a visit to a West London YMCA this week, where he also had harsh words for social media, saying it’s “more addictive than alcohol or drugs”.

Fortnite is the biggest video game in the world, with hundreds of millions of players. The brand is up for six awards at this year’s International Licensing Awards, which take place at Licensing Expo in Las Vegas on 4 June.


Spirit Riding Free gallops into Mattel portfolio thumbnail

Spirit Riding Free gallops into Mattel portfolio

New toy range strengthens partnership with Universal Brand Development

Licensing International to conduct first industry diversity study thumbnail

Licensing International to conduct first industry diversity study

Global study aims to understand current level of diversity in the licensing industry and use findings to grow talent pool ...

WBCP opens new Poland office thumbnail

WBCP opens new Poland office

Warsaw outpost joins network of European offices and will be headed by Dorota Pawlowska as the region’s Director of Licensing ...

Press Releases

Energizer spotlights Masha the Bear thumbnail

Energizer spotlights Masha the Bear

Animaccord and Energizer partner on Masha and the Bear licensed torches, heading to retail across EMEA in 2020

Elmo’s World comes to UK’s Tiny Pop in 2020 thumbnail

Elmo’s World comes to UK’s Tiny Pop in 2020

Kids’ TV channel expands its Sesame Street content with new series of short-form, interactive episodes

Milkshake picks up Pirata & Capitan S2 thumbnail

Milkshake picks up Pirata & Capitan S2

UK kids’ block acquires second series of the Millimages pre-school animation after successful first run

Moorcroft is Chelsea’s Choice thumbnail

Moorcroft is Chelsea’s Choice

Moorcroft and RHS present the limited-edition vase Chelsea’s Choice, celebrating Chelsea Flower Show 18 Plant of the Year