As Christmas approaches, parents must be wary of the highly “addictive” nature of the global Fortnite phenomenon , believes one of the best players in Canada.
Throughout the weekend, young players aged 8 to 14 years of age played their elbows to take the advice of a leading figure in the country at the Quebec City Toy and Game Show.
“It’s like school, when you learn a new subject, you have to practice,” says Kenneth Mai, a 21-year-old coach at the Esports Academy in Montreal.
“Almost a drug”
However, practice, many young players accumulate to exasperate the parents. Although he can spend nearly 10 hours a day in front of his screen, Kenneth Mai believes that fathers and mothers are best placed to take their kids off their computer.
“[Parents] have a bigger influence on their kids than me. Fortnite is addictive, almost a drug with no side effects. Instead of forbidding them to play Fortnite , you have to be more cooperative, for example with a rewards system, ” saysthe Concordia University electrical engineering student, who has never been employed because of his cash winnings by playing video games.
A mother interviewed by Le Journal reported being teased for a year by her 8- and 10-year-old boys before she gave in, finally allowing them to play Fortnite a few hours on the weekend mornings.
“I found it violent for their age, says Hélène Émond. I think I’m an exception, because I listen to parents talking and there are kids playing for two or three hours a day. “
Young Fortnite fans also played two tournaments, one for 13-16 and one for 16 and up. “The goal was to propose something to get them out of their homes,” says salon promoter Nicolas Hallet.
To expatriate to succeed
The organization of such tournaments is however not the prelude of major competitions, warns the promoter. “It’s very complicated in Quebec. We thought we were going towards that, but the market is difficult, “points out Mr. Hallet, referring to the limited population pool and the scarcity of local competitive teams.
For players like Kenneth Mai, the solution lies elsewhere. “If you want a future as a player, it’s better to go abroad,” says the student, who is eyeing an international career in the world of e-sports.