Amine Riyad, an 11-year-old Abu Dhabi resident, acts like a heroin addict anytime his exposure to the digital world of Fortnite, a videogame that has spread across the world in the last year, is revoked, according to his mother.
“He acts as though he is experiencing withdrawal symptoms. He’ll follow me around the house, whining and demanding an explanation. I always tell him, “I don’t want to lose you,” and I attempt to show him recordings of individuals who have died due to playing video games. This works for a day or two, but then he returns to Fortnite as if nothing happened, “Amine explains.
Fortnite, developed by Epic Games, has 125 million users since the cross-platform videogame was introduced in mid-July of last year. Within only 90 days, it produced more than $100 million (Dh367 m) on its freshly released iOS platform.
However, the game has raised concerns about its addictive nature, especially since the World Health Organization recently announced that ‘gaming disorder will be included in a new handbook of illness categories.
Is Fortnite Allowed in UAE?
Members of the Federal National Council in Dubai have urged the UAE to prohibit battle-themed video games like Fortnite and PUBG due to worries that they are “negatively addicting,”, particularly among adolescents and young people.
In Which Countries Is Fortnite Banned?
The Fortnite EULA prohibits the selling of Fortnite games in China, Iran, Iraq, Crimea, Cuba, North Korea, Syria, or any other country or individual that is forbidden by law under the US or other applicable legislation.
Which Game Is Banned in UAE?
The UAE Attorney General, Hamad Saif Al Shamsi, has ordered the shutdown of many online games, including Roblox, My Friend Cayla, Blue Whale, Cloudpets, and Mariam. ‘These games are destructive to gamers’ life,’ Dr. Hamad remarked in an interview with KhaleejTimes.
Why is Fortnite banned in the UAE?
Lt-Col Rashid Al Falasi, director of the Dubai Police’s crime monitoring section, cautioned that certain video games have a negative impact on kids.
Young gamers, who haven’t yet grasped the distinction between reality and the virtual world, are inclined to mimic what they see on their displays. As a result, Al Falasi emphasizes the need for parents to supervise their children and be aware of the games they play.
According to Khaleej Times, parents in the UAE have begun lobbying for a ban on PUBG, an online video game that’s already been outlawed in some locations worldwide. In the previous discussions, the UAE has taken a hard position in safeguarding children from violent and hazardous games. Last year, authorities outlawed the video games Roblox, Mariam, Blue Whale, and many more.
The Telecommunications and Regulatory Authority (TRA) is now asking parents to come out and report games that they believe are harmful to children.
With this fresh case of a violent adolescent, the Dubai Police are reaching out to families whose children are suspected of being addicted to video games. They are also working on finding solutions to the problem.
Can we play Fortnite In UAE?
Yes Fortnite is banned in UAE and you can’t play it directly on your phone. However, if you have a good VPN available, then you can play Fortnite game on your smartphone while living in UAE or Dubai. But by default, the game is banned in the region.
When will UAE Allow Fortnite Game?
UAE officials have clearly said that the game is destructive for children as they become addict to this game.
So, there are no official reports when the game will be allowed freely in the region. The only way to play Fortnite in Dubai or UAE is by using RDPs or VPN servers on the smartphone.