Fortnite closed in China


Since its release 4 years ago, Fortnite has been one of the most played games in the world, accomplishing this feat without the strong support of China, the most populous country in the world. Fortnite was first launched in China in 2018. Fortnite is renamed Fortress Night in China, with its operations managed by Tencent, as a cooperative project between developer Epic Games and major Chinese publisher Tencent. Tencent owns up to 40% of the shares of the company.

Credit @ Epic Games

Fortnite China’s official website has announced that the country’s games service will end on November 15 this year. According to a new article on the Fortnite China website, game servers will be permanently shut down in China. Fortnite servers in China will be officially shut down on November 15.

According to a statement posted on its website, the game has stopped accepting new player registrations and will no longer be available for download as of Monday. Epic will shut down its Chinese servers on November 15, after which players will no longer be able to play the game. Epic Games will shut down the Chinese version of Fortnite on November 15.

Analyst Daniel Ahmed said that while it’s not clear how many Fortnite players are in China, it was never officially launched in China. Although Fortnite is popular in other Asian countries, it has never been popular in China. Fortnite China is shutting down due to growing restrictions on games in the country.

Fortnite closed in China

Following the official announcement of the end of “Fortnite beta testing in China” two weeks ago, Epic Games shut down what was already the Chinese version of Fortnite. Fortnite was banned completely in China in 2018 when gaming was at its peak, due to many of the same censorship laws. The popularity of the game in the region is greatly hampered by the fact that Fortnite in China is very different from other versions around the world.

To be clear, Fortnite was never officially launched in China. The game has been tested for over 2 years, excluding IAP. This is because the game has never been approved by the government, so it cannot be officially released + monetized. According to a tweet from Daniel Ahmad, a senior analyst at Niko Partners, which is engaged in the games business in China, said on Twitter that the game “has never received approval from the Chinese government” and therefore could not officially launch its service and monetize. this.

This happens when China blocks microtransactions in online games, which could also be an obstacle for developers to derive huge profits from the Battle Royale game. Chinese anti-microtransaction rules contain onerous clauses prohibiting Fortnite China from charging players for anything in the game. Also note that Chinese Fortnite players have a completely different game experience than Western players. They cannot buy V Bucks in-game currency and can only challenge three hours per day to avoid longer playing time.

Fortnite closed in China

Credit @ Epic Games

CNN confirmed earlier this year that China banned children under 18 from playing on weekdays, with a one-hour limit on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The shutdown would have something to do with the tightening of restrictions on video games by the Chinese government. Fortnite has been ordered to shut down in China, and as of today, players will not be able to play this world’s most popular survival game.

So, gamers all over the world don’t have to worry about the game shutting down due to this news. In September, a news article on the website announced that Fortnite would be updated to match the Chinese government’s efforts to restrict children’s gambling habits. An Epic Games spokesperson shared with Insider a translation of a post that said Epic stopped new user registrations in China on November 1 and will shut down its servers completely on November 15. He didn’t say why the game was closing, but thanked the players who participated in this release. Designed to adhere to strict China’s playing rules and managed by gaming giant Tencent, Epics’ water trials ultimately failed and its servers are scheduled to shut down on November 15.

Epic Games shut down the Chinese servers for the popular multiplayer online game Fortnite on Monday, November 15, completing a nearly three-year search to bring the game to the world’s largest games market, according to a Bloomberg report.

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