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How Old Do You Have to Be to Play Fortnite?

Written by, Mihajlo Trajcheski

Updated September, 7, 2022

Epic Games’ Fortnite took the world by storm when it came out back in 2017. Despite being a relatively new game, it’s one of the most played games in the world, especially among the younger population. 

But is there an age limit for Fortnite, and if so, how old do you have to be to play Fortnite? 

Let’s find out.

How Old Do You Have to Be to Play Fortnite?

Fortnite is a co-op online video game by Epic Games that has three modes, the most popular of which is Fornite Battle Royal. In the game, up to 100 players are dropped on an island where they battle it out until the last person standing.

You can play Fortnite on most gaming platforms, including Xbox, PS4, and Nintendo Switch, as well as your PC or tablet (provided that they have the RAM and processor for it).

But what is the Fortnite game age?

The Fornite age rating in the UK is PEGI 12 due to ‘occasional mild violence’ in the game, unlike Roblox, which is PEGI 7.

However, different countries have given the game different ratings. For example, in the US, the ESRB gave the game a Teen rating, setting the minimum age for Fortnite at 13.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that Epic Games has imposed a Fortnite age restriction. The ratings are meant to help parents figure out if the game is suitable for their children rather than set an age restriction for Fortnite.

Ultimately, it’s up to the parents to decide whether their kids should play the game.

How Old Do You Have to Be to Play Fortnite Tournaments?

Fortnite tournaments welcome participants that are 13 and older unless the country they live in has set a higher Fornite minimum age limit.

Even if they meet the Epic Games’ Fortnite suitable age, all minors between the ages of 13 and 17 need to show they have permission from their parent or legal guardian to take part in any tournament.

How Many Children Play Fortnite?

While there is no exact figure on how many children play the game, according to Statista, games like Fornite and Minecraft have pulled in 80% of children in the UK between the ages of 12 and 15.

Statista has also done a separate survey in 2018, which found that 45% of children in the US between the ages of 8 and 17 have played or were playing the game.

What Are the Parental Concerns for Fortnite?

One of the main concerns that parents have about Fornite is the long hours that children spend playing the game. Namely, nearly 60% of gamers in the UK have missed sleep because of gaming. The game is fairly simple but immersive, and multiplayer games can last up to 30 minutes

Players can quickly re-enter a new game, and Fornite frequently introduces new updates and different daily and weekly challenges, which makes it easier for any player to engage in lengthy gaming sessions. 

Another concern is the violence in the game. Some parents have complained online that their children have started exhibiting violent behaviour after playing Fortnite, but there are no studies that have been able to prove a link between the two. 

Regardless, a This Morning poll found that a whopping 41% of parents are worried about how the game might affect their children.

Lastly, the game has had its fair share of hacking issues. Fraudsters have managed to hack the game or scam gamers and make payments using their details.

Does Fortnite have parental control?

The good news is Fortnite has parental controls that allow parents and legal guardians to manage what their kids can see and do in the game. 

Regardless of whether the player has reached the recommended Fortnite age limit, parents can turn off mature language, automatically deny any friend requests, prevent non-friends from seeing their children’s names in the game, and disable the in-game voice chat.

To enable/disable parental control features in Fortnite:

  1. Launch Fortnite.
  2. Open the menu in the upper-right in the Lobby.
  3. Select ‘Parental Controls.’
  4. Confirm the email address linked to the Fornite account.
  5. Set a six-digit PIN that you’ll have to enter every time you want to access parental controls in the account. 
  6. Set the parental controls.

Bottom Line

The minimum Fortnite age in the UK is 12, but whether the child is at the right age for Fornite is up to their parents or legal guardians to decide. Epic Games hasn’t issued an official Fortnite age range for casual gaming, but it does have an age rating for Fortnite tournaments and doesn’t allow anyone under the age of 13 to take part in it, regardless of whether they have permission from their parents.


Frequently Asked Questions And Their Answers

Is Fortnite OK for a 7-year-old?

Fortnite’s PEGI rating is at 12 years old because the game features instances of ‘occasional mild violence.’ While the game is not recommended for kids under the age of 12, younger children can play the game as long as their parents allow it.

How old do you have to be to play Fortnite? 

The minimum age to play Fortnite in the UK is 12, but younger children can play the game as long as they have permission from their parents or legal guardians.

As someone who grew up gaming and always had a love for random facts, being able to write about gaming and technology for a living has been an absolute treat. Whenever I’m not researching my next topic for Don’t Disappoint Me, I am deflecting the attacks of Bosses in Sekiro, investigating a murder in Disco Elysium, helping Zagreus escape the underworld in Hades, or flanking enemies in Call of Duty with my squad. Having studied English language and literature has helped me merge these two worlds of random facts and gaming into a fulfilling career.