The Chinese version of hit video game “Fortnite” will be shutting down this month.
The popular multiplayer battle title, developed by Epic Games and Tencent in partnership with China’s largest internet company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., stopped accepting new registrations as well as letting players download it on November 15th – just over two weeks from now!
Fortnite is so popular that it’s now a cultural phenomenon. The game has drawn in more than 350 million registered players, and last year hosted musical performances by artists such as Marshmello and Travis Scott to name just some of them! Fortnites success can be attributed mostly due to its accessibility; anyone who owns an iOS or Android device (or both!) could jump into this fun battle royale title without having played any previous versions beforehand – making for newbies everywhere lucky enough not only take part but also learn how everything works while they’re still fresh out the box. With dozens upon dozens of themed items available through Battle Pass seasons alone, there are always different things worth fighting over each time you log-in–especially when your competition.
The Chinese version of the game, Fortnite was “never approved” by their government for launching and monetizing its services. Twitter analyst Daniel Ahmad tweeted that it could not officially launch because they are based on non-approved versions which has caused confusion among players about what’s going on with updates or future content releases in China.
“Fortnite” operates largely as a free-to-play game with in-app purchases — meaning players can download the game at no cost, but then spend real money on items such as costumes for their characters.
Ahmad added that the battle royale genre “has been strictly regulated in China.”
Chinese authorities have also been cracking down on video games lately. In August, the country barred online gamers under the age of 18 from playing on weekdays and limited their play to just three hours most weekends.
In September, state-run news agency Xinhua reported that authorities had called in Tencent, NetEase and other companies to discuss restrictions around the streaming and playing of video games among minors.
During the meeting, companies were “urged to break from the solitary focus of pursuing profit or attracting players and fans,” according to the report.