It's not just kids these days who won't put down the massively popular online game Fortnite. Sports teams are having trouble with it too: the NHL's Vancouver Canucks have collectively decided to ban themselves from firing it up this season.
Centre Bo Horvat told TSN that the team was no longer bringing games with them because they wanted players to interact with each other more on the road.
"Yeah, that's definitely a no-go on the road," he said. "No more Fortnite. No more bringing video games on the road. It's strictly team meals, team dinners and hanging out with the guys. So we put an end to that."
Fortnite is a game where players are parachuted onto an island and must collect weapons and build defences to survive. One of the game's most popular modes has 100 contestants picking each other off until only one is left standing. What sets Fortnite apart from similar games is its cartoonish presentation. Outrageous costumes and ridiculous dances with names like "Orange Justice" are available as rewards.
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Winnipeg Jets star Patrik Laine — who is also known for his love of Fortnite — took a shot at the situation, saying that the Vancouver hockey team shouldn't look for excuses for a less-than-stellar season. The Canucks ended up second-to-last in the Western Conference.
"I think they just needed something to blame after last year," Laine said. He conceded that if the Jets started to play badly this year, they would also give up their games. "We kind of made a deal if we're playing like that, we can give up our PlayStations, so we're not going to take them on the road. But I don't think that's going to happen."
Another Canuck, Jake Virtanen, brushed off Laine's comments: "Whatever. I don't really care what he says," I just think that where we want to go with our team, anything we can do to get better, that's a stepping stone."
Brandon Sutter also fired back at Laine over his snipe.
"It's none of his business at all. We would never have anyone in our room say something like that when they are 21 years old," Sutter said, according to Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun.
Video games get out of control. You're on the road to spend time with teammates.Jake Gardiner, Toronto Maple Leafs
The Canucks might not be wrong about Fortnite though. More sports teams are concerned about the effect of the game on their players: staying up late to play Fortnite and thus affecting their performance during practice and at games.
Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner shared that he wasn't opposed to a ban. "I wouldn't mind [a ban]," he said. "Video games get out of control. You're on the road to spend time with teammates."
A Washington Post article in July claimed that team managements across the league were worried about Fortnite addiction in players they were scouting. And top draft picks like Ottawa's Brady Tkachuk admitted that while the game may help teammates bond, it doesn't help necessarily increase their on-ice skills.
"I don't think it's much benefit [to my hockey career]," Tkachuk said.
Fortnite seeps into other sports
The impact of Fortnite has made its way onto pitches and fields in other sports too.
During the World Cup final, French soccer star Antoine Griezmann performed Fortnite's "Take the L" dance to celebrate scoring a goal.
Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price had to assure the world that his carpal tunnel syndrome wasn't from playing too much Fortnite.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, who plays for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, claimed that playing Fortnite with superstar rapper Drake and Ninja — a popular video game streamer — was better than scoring a touchdown.
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German soccer squad Bayern Munich's youth team was even doing Fortnite celebrations on the field.
Across the board, more teams are concerned about how to manage it.
With a file from the Canadian Press