You may find your teenagers parked in front of the computer or staring at their phones for long hours during weekends and school holidays.
Chances are, they’re playing a game called Fortnite, which, in the last six months, has taken the gaming world by storm.
Get to know the latest online gaming phenomenon.
What’s the game about?
In this post-apocalyptic world, 98 per cent of the human population has been killed off, leaving behind zombie-like creatures.
You, one of the remaining 2 per cent, start the game by being dropped off a flying school bus onto an island where you have to scavenge for resources and weapons to defend yourself against other players.
In basic mode, you don’t get to choose your character, which can be of any gender or race.
There are 100 players in every match and the goal is to be the last person standing.
You can pair up or form teams if you want.
As the game progresses, the grounds get smaller so all remaining players are forced to eventually converge at a specific area to battle it out.
So, it’s like the new Minecraft?
Only insofar as both games allow you to mine for resources and build forts.
It has been described, though, as a cross between Minecraft and the Hunger Games.
Why is it so popular?
The game has garnered an estimated 60 million downloads (and counting) worldwide, thanks to its free-to-play Battle Royale option on various platforms, such as consoles, PC and mobile phones.
In-app purchases can get you new outfits and accessories.
There’s also a paid Save the World version.
At any given time, an estimated 3.4 million users are playing the game. Developer Epic Games has said it is likely the most popular PC/console game in the world.