The Israel Electric Company has appealed to popular game manufacturer Fortnite, asking that it stop allowing players to climb the electric poles in the game, fearing children will try to imitate the action in reality.
“The content that is presented encourages them to commit acts that could endanger their lives,” said IEC in an official letter sent to the game manufacturer over concerns Fornite could adversely affect children playing the game.
The IEC decided to appeal directly to the game manufacturer to eliminate the possibility of climbing the electric poles in the game, fearing that children will then try it in the “real world” as well.
In its letter sent to EPIC, the maker of the game, the company wrote: “This game allows players to climb up electricity poles freely and without restriction. . . According to the information presented to us, [it] is a popular game among children and youth around the world who spend dozens of hours a week and are thus influenced by content that affects their behavior and encourages them to perform life-threatening activities.”
Fortnite is one of the most popular games out there at present, but it’s not necessarily the safest.
The game tends to attract more and more players due to its growing online community and a free download offer, but it can also be very addictive.