The Worst Thing About Fortnite Isn’t the Violence
January 22nd, 2019
Fortnite is barely a year old, but it’s already an institution among gamers. In fact, people who don’t even play the game still find themselves doing Fortnite dances with their friends or watching YouTube videos of people playing Fortnite. But there’s more to Fortnite than meets the eye, and it’s something parents need to be concerned about.
Fortnite is free to download. It is wildly popular game and it has a huge presence on the internet, despite technological challenges of online play,. Maintaining the game and its many servers isn’t cheap. While Fortnite brings in plenty of revenue from in-game purchases, it also makes money the way all online advertisers do – by profiting off of personal data.
When you look at the summary of what’s automatically collected, it’s easy to get the impression that everything is on the up and up. After all, we all know browsers leave cookies on computers and what not. But there’s a ton of gray area here. And the more you read, the more freaked out you’ll get.
Trying to improve your game, can compromise your privacy even more.
And then there’s the really scary stuff – the linking of third party software to a Fortnite account. Kids are always looking for ways to get better, and third-party software developers are fully aware of this fact. This creates a strong possibility of a child unwittingly downloading malicious software onto their phone or computer. What they think is a tool that will help their Fortnite play may actually be a program designed to steal personal information.
There’s a lot for parents to consider when it comes to Fortnite. While violence and excessive screen time are important concerns, they’re actually a far cry from what’s truly troubling about Fortnite. Be sure to consider all of the privacy implications that can come from playing Fortnite. Have a talk with your child about why this is so important. Saying or doing the wrong thing in Fortnite can have a major impact on both of your lives.