March 19, 2019 6:00 am
Updated: March 19, 2019 12:17 pm

Rick Zamperin: Toronto Blue Jays become latest team to curtail Fortnite video game

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It has come to this.

Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo has implemented a new curfew for his team this season.

No, the players don’t have to be in their pyjamas and tucked into bed by 11 p.m. The curfew revolves around one of the most popular video games to hit the planet.

That’s right, Blue Jays fans: your favourite player isn’t allowed to play Fortnite as much as he wants before games in the clubhouse this season.

John Lott from The Athletic first reported the news Monday after some players said too much time was being spent playing Fortnite before games last year.

I wonder if that’s why Toronto went 73-89 last season and finished in fourth place in the American League East?

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If you’re not familiar with Fortnite, it is an insanely popular multiplayer online video game in which up to 100 players compete to be the last one alive and declare victory. It’s basically an online version of the Hunger Games, and many video gamers, athletes and celebrities have become addicted.

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Before the 2018-19 NHL season, Vancouver Canucks players banned Fortnite and all other video games from their road trips in an effort to promote camaraderie.

It’s hard to tell if the move has helped improve the Canucks’ fortunes this season, but Vancouver is on pace to finish with more points than last year’s team.

I’m all in favour of boosting team morale, and if the Blue Jays think curtailing Fortnite in the clubhouse is going to help then it’s the right move.

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