(WAFF) - A popular cross-platform video game is connecting millions of players through consoles, computers and phones.
'Fortnite', and the mobile-friendly 'Fortnite Battle Royale', are developed by Epic Games. The mobile entry into the action-shooting game allows players on Apple devices to play alongside gamers playing from computers, Playstation and Xbox consoles.
The game is available for free on the iOS store and Epic Games is planning to release an android app in the coming months.
The game requires plenty of attention from players, but others are also noticing the massive appeal of the game. North Alabama teachers tell WAFF 48 that students seem to be obsessed.
"They stay up all night playing 'Fortnite' and try to sneak playing on their iPhones all day," a teacher told our station. "They are tired because they stayed up until 3AM playing."
"It's hard to get students to pay attention to The Great Gatsby when they have the option to play 'Fortnite' with their friends in other classes," a second educator added.
The game works by throwing up to 100 players into a massive virtual map. Players must use weapons and strategy to survive as the map shrinks. The last player standing at the end of the match is the winner.
The simple gameplay, paired with its various multiplayer options, makes it easy for players to join with friends on the virtual battlefield.
One teacher told WAFF that the popularity of the game in class is similar to the fascination with fidget spinners, but 'Fortnite' may be even more distracting.
"Fidget spinners are less focus oriented," the teacher told WAFF. "You don't have to put your entire focus on a fidget spinner."
Teachers can take some comfort in the fact that summer is just around the corner.
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