Fortnite Set to Give up on China After Years of Testing

Published 11/02/2021, 10:54 AM EDT


Fortnite is finally giving up on China after two years of testing; its servers will go offline on 15th Nov 2021. On 1st Nov 2021, Epic games made this announcement about shutting down the operation. The exact reason behind this decision is still unknown.

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From 1st Nov onwards, people won’t be able to create a new account in Fortnite and people with existing accounts won’t be able to play from 15th Nov onwards. Speculations suggest the reason for the closure is China’s strict gaming regulations.

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The company is facing difficulty operating in the Chinese market. Over the last few years, the Chinese gaming regulations have been getting stricter and more restrictive.

The Government reduced the gaming hours from 10 to 3 hours per week. Decisions like this have made the survival of video game companies very difficult in the Chinese market. It’s not just the gaming timings that are concerning, it’s also the in-game content.

Gaming companies can’t show excessive violence like blood and dead people in their games. Failing to comply with these regulations, Player Unknown’s BattleGround was also banned in Sep 2021.

The Fortnite game that the Chinese audience enjoys differs from its original version. The game doesn’t have in-game purchases or micro-transaction options. In fact, devs have changed all the skins that involved “skulls.”

The entire Fortnite game went through heavy modifications to get its release in China.

As of now, there’s no other news from the Epic Games; however, fans can expect some news in the coming few days.

Fortnite: about the game

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Fortnite is an online multiplayer battle royale game developed by Epic Games. The game is free to play and can be available on the Epic Games store. The game is available for Android, PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch.

This game is very popular across the world and its community is also getting big each day. Also, the game has won many awards.

Comment down and let us know what do you think about the Chinese gaming regulations?

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Swetabh Shekhar

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Swetabh Shekhar is an eSports author at EssentiallySports and holds a Master's degree in Mass Communication. He has been playing video games since his childhood days and has witnessed the evolution of the gaming industry. GTA, Assassins Creed, Call of Duty, and The Walking Dead are some of his all-time favorites.

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