A big problem just got bigger. Phones in school have been a problem ever since they went mobile, and are often banned inside the classroom unless used for an educational purpose, however Fortnite Mobile, the mobile version of Fortnite Battle Royale is taking over classrooms by storm. The mobile version of the game, which is only available to IOS users at the moment (Android release announced in the summer), has been in the “Top 10” category ever since it was released, and teachers are seeing a problem with the game first hand inside the classroom.
Teachers around the globe have shared their stories about the Free-to-play battle royale game mode and videos from students on Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram show just how addicted students have become to the game. One video on Instagram showed that students at their own prom managed to somehow connect a monitor and PS4 in the washroom at the function and managed to play the game. Another video showed a student playing Fortnite on a computer within the classroom and also managed to get a “Victory Royale”, which you get when you win the game.
The developers of Fortnite which is Epic Games, also noticed that their game on IOS was affecting a large number of students and preventing them from paying attention in the classroom. An update soon after release added a message on the loading screen on the IOS game which says “Mr. Hillman says stop playing in class”. It turns out that Mr. Hillman is a teacher and Fortnite fan who contacted Epic Games through Reddit “My friends from college and I play pretty much every night. One problem, since mobile came out my students won’t stop playing in class. I don’t know if it’s possible, but I told them I’d write to you and they didn’t believe me. Could you add this to the loading screen for a couple days to mess with them? ‘Mr. Hillman says stop playing in class.” Epic Games took Mr.Hillman’s request very seriously and implemented the message.