I'm not so interested in debating whether Fortnite should be classified as a potential Olympic sport. I'm not very curious why no women competed for $ 30 million in prizes at the first World Cup final in New York last weekend.
I can't even bother to say that playing Fortnite is like dribbling with class A drugs – once addicted, you have something in your hands that could take over your life.
Blah Blah Blah.
15-year-old Jaden Ashman from Essex, the best-scoring British player at the World Fortnite championships, says he is going to buy his mother a home with a share of the $ 2.25 million he is second in the duo & # 39; competition
Fortnite addicts are the modern equivalent of monks or those little boys who have been selected to spend their lives in a Buddhist temple in remote Nepal
What really annoys me are those terrible Fortnite mothers, proudly standing behind their pale teenage sons and pretending that they are not in it for the money that allow their child to spend every hour in a dark room and then making the gall pretend not about the shameless pursuit of money and fame, but a way to allow them to express themselves.
These are mothers who admit that they have tried and failed to throw out game equipment. The mothers who tried and failed to encourage their sons to do their homework. The mothers who admit that they rarely see their sons except during meals – if they are lucky.
Their descendants could train to become scientists, people who could change the world. They can be the next generation of leaders, inventors, brain surgeons.
They are clearly very intelligent, motivated, driven young men. But they are allowed (albeit reluctantly by some parents) to focus on gaming to the exclusion of any other activity – opportunities to enjoy the open air, team sports and group activities.
Try swimming or surfing to go to the cinema. Many of the best young gamers are schooled at home, which means they have limited opportunities to connect with other children outside their family group.
These Fortnite addicts are the modern equivalent of monks or those little boys who have been selected to spend their lives in a Buddhist temple in remote Nepal, away from the outside world with all its attractions and temptations.
Jaden plays Fortnite from the day the game was launched, two years ago, for 14 hours a day at the weekend and eight hours a day during the week
Fortnite players (from left) Kreo, MrSavage and Benjyfishy in action during the final of the solo competition at the Fortnite World Cup 2019 at Flushing Meadows in New York on Sunday
15-year-old Jaden Ashman from Essex, the best-scoring British player at the World Fortnite championships, says he is going to buy his mother a home with a share of the $ 2.25 million he is second in the duo & # 39; competition.
Jaden plays Fortnite from the day the game was launched, two years ago, for 14 hours a day on weekends and eight hours a day during the week. Don't ask me how Jaden fits in with that, even his mother admits that his grades have suffered. Now, she says, she accepts his choice for & # 39; career & # 39; – of course she does, Jaden has won a great title, won prestige and received a lot of money.
What will happen in the coming years as more and more children are seduced by the promise of a lot of money and social media, payments for online bookings and offers of free merchandise? Forty million people competed to participate in these inaugural championships – and you can bet that the number will double very quickly.
Playing Fortnite (which is nominally free) at any level that goes beyond standard requires investment and constant upgrades. It has changed from a fun game to a very competitive activity – but is it on par with tennis or golf? Sitting at a computer for 14 hours a day may not be good for your health or your social skills.
Obsessive behavior can influence family relationships and the ability to make friends or navigate the real world. Parents are already concerned that their small children will play for a maximum of three hours on a school evening and six hours on the weekend.
& # 39; Game disorder & # 39; is recognized by the World Health Organization as a disease and half of all parents in a recent study said they were afraid their children were addicted. The game was criticized by the Duke of Sussex, not that Jaden's mother seemed to take the trouble that her son would soon not receive a welcome from the Royals.
The solo match final at the Flushing Meadows Arthur Ashe stadium in Queens on Sunday
Fortnite fans say it teaches you hand-in-hand skills and coordination, how to respond to a crisis (which is online and not real) and it encourages inventiveness and creativity, albeit within a limited arena.
Gamers don't take drugs or drink. But they lose their youth through a manipulative piece of technology that is about violence and destruction, not about peace and love.
In last week's episode of Poldark, Ross refused to let small boys work underground in his mine, although the parents were starving and needed the small wages a child worker would receive.
Poldark argued that children need to be raised to get a better start in life. Poverty meant that my parents were forced to leave school at the age of 14, to leave their education and go to work, my mother as a maid in a chic house and my father as an apprentice to an electrician. They raised me to be curious and hungry for knowledge, because that is the only way to get further in the world when you are working.
Kyle Giersdorf celebrates winning the Fortnite World Cup solo finals in New York on Sunday
Programs such as The Only Way is Essex and Love Island focus on looks and & # 39; likes & # 39; on social media. So many young people dream of becoming an & # 39; influencer & # 39; and get money for posts on Instagram. It's a world apart from my teenage years in which I made my version of dresses that I saw on my mother's sewing machine in Vogue.
From the fantastic nights that I spent in blues clubs and dancing on the Rolling Stones, from the hours that albums with drawings and photos & # 39; s visit and art galleries. All this brought me into a world outside the claustrophobic life in Mom and Dad's flat in a terraced house in West London.
I grew up with great ambitions and a passion for travel. Today's children have chosen to stay home with the lights off and the curtains closed. Gaming, such as participating in a reality TV program, is now considered a desirable career option – and the shocking truth is that some mothers are extremely complicit. We do not seem to have made much progress since the day of Ross Poldark.
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