Are you an annoyed parent who can’t bear the sight of Fortnite anymore? Well, you’re not alone. It seems that the Israel Electric Corporation is also none too pleased about some of the shenanigans taking place in the viral online game, reportedly going as far as writing to its makers about it.
Unlike you, however, the power company is less concerned about excessive screen time. Instead, Reuters reports that IEC is worried that the fact players can scale electric poles in the game might encourage young users to try out such dangerous stunts in real life.
The trouble is, according to a letter the power company sent game makers Epic Games and published by Reuters, is that Fortnite characters can “climb up electricity poles freely and without restriction.” Such behavior by Israeli youngsters, the letter adds, has been a cause for concern to the power company that has been battling these dangerous stunts for years.
“You are responsible for the personal safety of your consumers,” Reuters quotes the power company’s letter. “We therefore ask you to take action to remove dangerous content that encourages life-risking situations related to the use of electricity.”
Epic Games has not yet responded to requests for a comment on the letter, according to the news agency.
Fortnite, an online video game released in 2017, allows players to roam imaginary worlds and engage in bloody battles with opponents. While hugely popular (we’re talking about more than 100 million players here), it has also been criticized for exposing young children to displays of gun violence, as well as for what many parents view as its highly addictive nature.
Perhaps it’s time for a little chat with your kids about those electricity poles.