Epic Games and Tencent are shutting down the Chinese version of Fortnite. Prospective players can no longer register or download the game, and the servers will shut down on November 15, according to an ad on the Chinese Battle Royale website.
“The test of Fortress Night has come to an end, “says the message (via Google Translate).” We will shut down the server in the near future. ”No reason was given for the game shutdown.
Players who fell for that version of Fortnite I had a different experience than other places, since Pc gamer notes. There was a separate health bar for damage taken in the storm, and multiple players could earn a Victory Royale if they survived long enough.
Although it is not clear how many Fortnite players there were in China, it was never officially launched in the country, according to the analyst Daniel ahmad. Fortnite‘s The Chinese incarnation was in beta testing for more than two years and the government did not grant a license to Tencent, which published the game there. As such, Tencent was unable to monetize Fortnite with in-app transactions. Engadget has reached out to Epic and Tencent for comment.
Ahmad too he pointed that Battle Royale titles are “strictly regulated” in China. The original version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds it had no monetization functions in the country. Tencent released a more patriotic and bloodless replacement in 2019 called Game for peace, to which the regulators gave the green light.
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