For some people, Fortnite is serious business. And when they are close to earning an ever-elusive Victory Royale, nothing can pull them away from the game. Take Anton Williams from Greensboro, North Carolina for example, who kept playing Fortnite even as a tornado was destroying his neighborhood.
Williams told local news outlet WXII 12 that he kept playing the game despite the fact that he saw the roof ripped off the house next door. Williams hoped to have enough time to finish his game before seeking shelter, as he was one of the last players left alive in that particular Fortnite match. However, Williams relented once the storm started tearing down powerlines, and he took himself, his sister, and nephew to a safe place in the home.
While most people may have been concerned about the tornado that could potentially kill them, Williams said he was just thinking about the game.
“Honestly, I was thinking about the game, but I was hoping everybody was OK around me.”
There has been some discussion about Fortnite and how it is potentially addictive to those playing it. Williams’s insistence to keep playing despite the fact that a tornado was threatening his life and the lives of those around him could be evidence in favor of that argument. However, at least one researcher has said that Fortnite is not addictive, even claiming that it is potentially better for the mental health of children playing it than similar, more violent games.
Even so, some people may use Anton Williams as an example of someone who is negatively impacted by Fortnite since he kept playing the game instead of seeking shelter right away. In fact, people who have signed the petition to ban Fortnite could point to this situation as an example of why the popular game should be banned.
It may have been a better idea to stop playing the game and seek shelter right away, but ultimately, Williams survived the storm, and no one in his family was hurt.
Fortnite is available now in early access on iOS, PC, PS4, and Xbox One.