Epic Games Announced to Shut Down All Fortnite Servers in China from 15th November: The Chinese version of Fortnite is being shut down by Epic Games and Tencent. According to a notice on battle royale’s Chinese website, potential gamers can no longer register or download the game, and the servers will be shut down on November 15th. Fortnite Shutdown in China will be a big blow to Epic game’s Chinese ambition.
Epic Games announced on the official Chinese website of Fortnite that the “Fortress Night” testing was coming to an end and that the server would be shut down soon. The cause of the Fortnite Shutdown in China is yet unknown.
According to the Fortnite China official website, Fortnite China has come to an end.
“The test of ‘Fortress Night’ has come to an end. We will shut down the server in the near future. -” pic.twitter.com/i8T9gcnHWu
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Fortnite was modified in September to comply with Chinese government initiatives to control children’s gaming habits, according to a news item on the website. According to the message, “minor users” could only play the game between the hours of 8 and 9 p.m. from Friday to Sunday and on “legal holidays” starting September 1.
Though it’s unclear how many Fortnite gamers there were in China, according to analyst Daniel Ahmad, the game was never formally introduced there. The Chinese version of Fortnite had been in beta testing for nearly two years when the authorities refused to award Tencent, the game’s publisher, a license. As a result, Tencent has been unable to monetize Fortnite through in-app purchases. Epic and Tencent have been approached for comment by Engadget.
In July, Tencent, which holds a 40% interest in Epic Games, said that it would use facial recognition to prevent minors from playing games late at night. A US national security commission is presently investigating the business for a £919 million buyout of Sumo Group.