What age is Fortnite rated?

Guile and Cammy in Fortnite
Fortnite is played by millions worldwide (Picture: Epic Games)

Fortnite is one of the most popular games in the world, with a total of 250 million users registered across the globe.

Released in 2017 by Epic Games, Fortnite is a free-to-play battle game where players land on an island in a dystopian future and have to fight for better equipment and weapons to become the last person standing.

Downloadable content featured recently in the game allows players to unlock characters ranging from the kid-friendly (Superman) to ones only more mature audiences would recognise, like Will Smith’s character from the Bad Boys franchise.

This may leave many people – especially parents – wondering who the audience is for the game, and whether or not it is suitable for children.

Here is everything you need to know about Fortnite’s age rating…

What age is Fortnite rated?

Fortnite Wonder Woman Superman Batman loading screen
Characters can unlock packs featuring DC comic book characters (Picture: Epic Games)

Fortnite has a PEGI rating of 12, which means the game is suitable for anyone 12 years or older.

PEGI – the Pan European Game Information – rated the game 12 for ‘infrequent mild violence’.

The rating cannot account for what is said between players online, which may make parents concerned about what their children may be hearing when playing the game.

A 2018 study by Newzoo found that over half of Fortnite players – about 53% – were aged between 10 and 25 years old, meaning that some players in the game are likely to be younger than the recommended rating.

Does Fortnite have parental controls?

If you are concerned about your children playing Fornite, you can apply parental controls.

Epic Games – the creators of Fortnite – do have a guide on their site detailing the parental controls within the game, and how you can monitor what your child sees and hears when they play.

What platforms or devices is Fortnite available on?

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 6 key art featuring characters in an heroic pose.
Fortnite is available to play on a number of different devices (Picture: Epic Games)

Fortnite is available to play on smartphones and a range of game consoles.

You can download the game on the following consoles:

  • PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, PlayStation 4 Slim, PlayStation 5
  • Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, and Xbox One Series X|S 
  • Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite

It is also available to play on PC and Mac devices.

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