Prince Harry seeks ban on ‘irresponsible’ Fortnite game

Everything is not all fun and games for Prince Harry.

The British royal, who once touted himself as an XBox and PlayStation enthusiast, is calling for a ban on the popular video game Fortnite, reported CNBC.

“That game shouldn’t be allowed,” Harry told London reporters on Thursday, before rhetorically asking, “Where is the benefit of having it in your household?"

Taking his Fortnite gripe one step further, he called it “more addictive than alcohol and drugs,” especially for younger players.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (2R) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), react as they are presented with baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Janice Charette (2L), at Canada House, the offices of the High Commision of Canada in the United Kingdom, during an event to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (2R) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), react as they are presented with baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Janice Charette (2L), at Canada House, the offices of the High Commision of Canada in the United Kingdom, during an event to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (2R) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), react as they are presented with baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Janice Charette (2L), at Canada House, the offices of the High Commision of Canada in the United Kingdom, during an event to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex are given baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Janice Charette as they attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The event will showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (2R) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), react as they are presented with baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Janice Charette (2L), at Canada House, the offices of the High Commision of Canada in the United Kingdom, during an event to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex are given baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Janice Charette as they attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The event will showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex are given baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Janice Charette as they attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The event will showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex are given baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Janice Charette as they attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The event will showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, reacts as she is given baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Janice Charette (unseen) at Canada House, the offices of the High Commision of Canada in the United Kingdom, during an event to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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The free game, which was launched in 2017, is a multiplayer survival contest that pits 100 players against each other at a time. The competitors seek tools and weapons to build structures while killing each other in an effort to be the lone remaining player.

As of March, there were over 250 million registered players around the world, and the game has 10.8 million people playing at any give time, said Fortnite creator Epic Games.

But Prince Harry isn’t impressed.

“It’s created to addict, an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible,” he said. “It’s so irresponsible.”

Harry, the 34-year-old Duke of Sussex, has previously expressed concerns about the game. In 2018, he told a group of young British students that they “shouldn’t really play Fortnite” at their age.

But in the past, Harry has extolled video games. Six years ago, he drew flak for comparing his career in the military as a helicopter co-pilot to using video controllers.

“It’s a joy for me because I’m one of those people who loves playing PlayStation and Xbox, so with my thumbs I like to think I’m probably quite useful,” he told The Telegraph in 2013.

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