No man standing
China’s version of Fortnite must close after three years of service. The phenomenally popular Battle Royale title closes its servers on November 15 with no additional downloads or account registrations allowed from this week.
Launched in 2018, the Chinese version of Fortnite, (or “Fortress Night“), is published by the conglomerate Tencent, which ran and invested in the title as a semi-separate entity from the global Epic Games edition. Fortnite China operated out of a specific network and included several changes from the worldwide edition – the biggest difference being the complete removal of microtransactions and in-game purchases, which collect millions of dollars for the standard edition.
No reason was given Fortnite China’s closure, where the game is described on the official website as a “test program”, despite having been live for over three years. The shutdown comes as the Chinese government continues its strict crackdown on video games with new legislation and laws affecting the development, certification, marketing, sales and actual playback of all releases. As we have noted in recent reports, the Chinese video game industry is currently facing great resistance when it comes to game content, achieving classification and selling their goods.
The shutdown of Fortnite China should not affect the standard version of Fortnite for all global players.
Fortnite China shuts down after three years [GamesIndustry.biz]