A professional sports team apparently has a strict “No Fortnite” rule on road trips. Bo Horvat, one of the star players of the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL, says Fortnite is “definitely a no-go” for road trips. He told TSN 1040 that he would rather him and his teammates spend time together enjoying their road trips out in the real world.
“Yeah, that’s definitely a no-go on the road,” he said, via The Province. “No more Fortnite. No more bringing your video games on the road. It’s strictly team meals, team dinners, and hanging out with the guys. So we’ll have to put an end to that.”
“In my opinion … there’s better ways to spend time on the road, whether it’s hanging with the guys in the room or going to a movie with the guys,” he added. “Doing stuff outside your room. There’s a lot of cool cities we go and visit and to be cooped up in your room all night and not doing anything, playing Fortnite, is a waste of your time.”
Horvat added that he hopes his message reaches parents. “Hopefully a lot of parents and little kids are listening right now. I don’t play [Fortnite]. Nor will I ever,” he said.
The Canucks announced today that they will not have a single captain this year, following the retirement of star Henrik Sedin last year. Instead, there will be four rotating alternate captains, including Horvat, Alexander Edler, Brandon Sutter, and Chris Taney.
The Canucks are not the first professional sports team to have a Fortnite problem. Members of the MLB’s Boston Red Sox play Fortnite so much that they have to stop to remember to eat. The Red Sox ended the regular season with the best record in baseball, so their time spent playing the game doesn’t seem to have taken away from their on-field abilities.
Fortnite is one of the most popular games on Earth right now, so it’s no surprise that it’s also popular among professional athletes. And it’s understandable that some might see it as a distraction, but it will be interesting to see how Horvat’s mandate goes down with his teammates.