All the facts about this year’s big hit By Ellie Gibson

Ellie Gibson is a games journalist, comedian andmumof two boys. She appears as the games expert on Dara ÓBriain’s Go 8 Bit, and is one half of the comedy duo ScummyMummies.

As amum, I know it’s not always easy to keep up with what your kids are into. How do they go so quickly frompasta necklaces and finger painting to skateboards and online shooters? Fortnite Battle Royale is the latest gaming phenomenon to sweep the globe, with 45million players and counting. It’s a game about strategy and survival, and it’s an absolute blast. Here’s a quick guide to how it all works.

Fortnite Battle Royale is an online multiplayer shooter. Each round starts with 100 players being dropped on an island to fight it out. There are weapons to collect as they explore, along with traps and armour, and players can build structures to defend themselves. The winner is the last person standing. Royale rumble

Is Fortnite right for your child?

As it’s a shooter, Fortnite does feature guns, explosions and all that fun stuff. But it’s all presented in a colourful cartoon style, and there’s no blood or gore. Fortnite is rated suitable for ages 12 and up, and it’s worth remembering that age ratings are just as important for games as they are for films.

...it’s all presented in a colourful cartoon style

For more information, visit PEGI.info.

Time Management

Games like Fortnite are a great way to give kids a bit of downtime, but no one wants to see them stuck in front of

a screen all day. So it’s a good idea to agree a time limit at the start of their playing session. You can use the PlayStation’s Play Time system to control what times of day the game is accessible, and for how long.

For more information visit PlayStation.com/parents

Counting the cost

The good news is Fortnite Battle Royale is free to download and play. For £7.99, players can buy an optional Premium Battle Pass. This lets them unlock extra items and is valid until the end of the season, which lasts a fewmonths. If you’re concerned about online purchases, you can set up a child account on your PS4 to limit spending. Or, if you don’t want your card details online, pop into a shop and pick up a PlayStation StoreWallet Top-Up. These are available in values of £5 to £50, and make a great treat for kids keen to grab more Fortnite loot. Keep an eye out for exclusive Fortnite goodies and offers only available to PlayStation Plus account holders!

Give it a go!

As always, the best way to keep up with what your kids are playing is to have a go. You can now pick up a 500GB PS4 bundle, which includes a Royale Bomber outfit and 500 V-Bucks to get you started! Who knows? There might turn out to be more than one Fortnite fan in the house...

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