Fortnite Mobile Now Warns People Not To Play In Class

Fortnite mobile’s portability has proven destructive in classrooms around the world, with some teachers struggling to keep their students’ attention from the battle royale game. It seems that developer Epic has caught on, because now the game says something about this hilarious situation.

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As shared by Fortnite community manager K.L. Smith, Fortnite mobile can now show you the following loading message:

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“Mr. Hillman says stop playing in class” is a reference to a now-deleted Reddit thread where a teacher asked Epic to mess with his students. At the time, he wrote:

Since mobile came out my students won’t stop playing in class. Idk if it’s possible, but I told them I’d write you and they didn’t believe me. Could you add this to the loading screen for a couple days to mess with them?

“Mr. Hillman says stop playing in class”

Lo and behold, Epic obliged. This likely will do very little to stop teens from seeking a dub in chemistry class, but it’s nice to know that the developer likes to have some fun with its fans, too.

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DISCUSSION

That’s about the best response Epic could’ve delivered, honestly; and good on both them and Mr. Hillman for having a sense of humor about the whole thing!

When students are messing with their phones in my classes, I generally let them have at it unless they’re creating a distraction for others. When that happens, I’ll saunter over to the offending student, take a gander at what they’re up to, and offer commentary on it—usually with full Shakespearean delivery.

...if a ringtone goes off in my class, I give the student an opportunity to silence it. If it happens more than once, I either sing along with the ringtone (assuming I know the tune; I have a decent baritone, no sense of shame, and a solid ability to project, so this generally only happens once per phone), or I dance if I do not know the ringtone (and I, at 6'4", have no coordination and little sense of physical rhythm—but again, no sense of shame).

I don’t have a great many problems with phone use in my classes.

That said, I think the way Mr. Hillman and Epic handled the situation is significantly better than my method; you really can’t stop students from being distracted from time to time—nor can you stop teenagers from being teenagers (thus why I will never teach K-12; the folks that do are my heroes, but there isn’t enough money in the world to bring me into that particular battlefield)—but at the very least, you can prove to them that you’re paying attention, and that they might want to do the same.