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Fortnite To Shut Down In China

Benzinga
Benzinga
Fortnite is calling it quits in China. The wildly popular battle-royale game, developed by Epic Games, will shut down its local Chinese version on Nov. 15. Users were prevented from registering for new accounts starting Nov. 1. Epic didn’t provide a specific reason for why it was shutting down Fortnite in China. “Fortress Night,” the Chinese version of the game, was launched in 2018 through a partnership with publisher Tencent. The Shenzhen-based tech giant is a significant investor in Epic, owning a 40% stake in the firm. The game technically never had a full launch in China. Instead, it was playable in a “test” mode, excluding some features from the main version like in-app purchases. China is known for its tight grip over the video game sector. Games need to go through a strict approval process before rolling out in the country, with Western titles often required to be heavily censored. Earlier this year, Beijing introduced even more stringent controls over gaming, with the government limiting the time under-18-year-olds can play online to just 3 hours per week. Epic Games is the latest U.S. company to bow out of China recently, as the country embarks on a fierce regulatory crackdown on its tech sector. Last month, Microsoft-owned social network LinkedIn said it was closing its local version in China due to a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements. The company plans to instead launch a job search site in China — without any social media features.
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