Since its release earlier this month, Fortnite has quickly become one of the most popular mobile games since Pokemon GO. So popular, in fact, that students can’t put it down ⏤ and many are trying to play in school. The only problem: the co-op survival game uses a ton of data, which means kids typically need to play on WiFi in order not to drain their family’s plan. And since schools generally lock down WiFi for students, playing Fortnite isn’t exactly easy. Where there’s a will, however, there’s always a way.
Some tech-savvy high schoolers have discovered a way around the school’s WiFi restrictions by setting up VPNs (Virtual Private Networks), which allow them to securely access the internet but without following the rules. According to Motherboard, kids using VPNs to play Fortnite has become so popular that there are now dozens of videos on YouTube showing students how to “use VPNs to bypass Wi-Fi restrictions.”
While some teachers might appreciate that students are using creative problem-solving and technological knowledge to circumvent the restrictions, most are hardly pleased. In fact, some schools are trying to identify the VPNs that students have been using in order to block them, as well. It’s hard to imagine, however, that these savvy game-obsessed kids will give up without a fight.