Fortnite recently announced that its Chinese version of the game will be officially shut down in November. The hugely popular online battle royale game saw an exclusive release in China that could only be downloaded and played through a Chinese internet provider. In addition, the Chinese version of Fortnite lacks microtransactions and has different mechanics (likely due to government regulations) – instead players can unlock premium currency by playing instead of using real money.
The Chinese government recently tightened its gambling regulations in an effort to curb gambling addiction. In August, Chinese minors were only allowed three hours a week for gambling (with one hour on vacation). In combination with other government-led efforts, these laws have brought down the values of Chinese gaming industry companies, raising concerns about the future of gaming in China.
According to Chinese officials Fortnite website, the game’s servers will be shut down in November following a series of other shutdown measures. Players will not be able to register or download the game after November 1; and November 15, Fortnite Chinese servers will be completely shut down. After this last date, the connection to the game will be impossible – and by fortnite The Chinese version will be completely unplayable. The official announcement ended with a thank you to everyone who played the game, and a link to send comments.
According to the official Fortnite China website, Fortnite China has come to an end.
“The ‘Fortress Night’ test has been completed. We will be shutting down the server in the near future. -” pic.twitter.com/i8T9gcnHWu
– arkheops ✨ (@itsarkheops) October 31, 2021
The news was posted on Twitter by the user arkheops. The stop might not come as a surprise to some, given that by fortnite availability in China was presented as a test in its closing announcement – which was revealed by Twitter user’s screenshot from Fornite advertisement translated into English using browser translation software. Some commentators speculated the shutdown was linked to recent Chinese gaming regulations, however Fortnite China has not mentioned any information that would corroborate these theories.
This may be the last time Fortnite is making a controversial name in China, but it’s not the first. Fortnite faces a temporary ban in 2018 due to an alleged violation of online ethical rules (these regulations also led to the ban on PUBG Around the same time). However, if Fortnite China ceases to exist, the game will no longer conflict with laws or government efforts. With China’s gambling crackdown, one has to wonder if more games will follow by fortnite to wake up.
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Source: PC Gamer, arkheops / Twitter
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