Epic Games, the developer behind Fortnite, is shutting down the battle royale in China in mid-November (through CNET). A translated put up on Fortnite’s website reveals that the “test” of the sport “has come to an end.”
The put up says customers will now not have the ability to enroll or obtain Fortnite beginning Monday. On November fifteenth, Epic Games will shut down Fortnite’s servers utterly and bar customers from logging in. The discover thanks gamers for “boarding the bus” and taking part within the recreation. Epic didn’t present any further data on why it determined to shut out the sport.
However, it might have one thing to do with China’s new gaming restriction for youths — as of August, youngsters below the age of 18 can only play video games three hours per week. State-backed media additionally referred to on-line video games as “spiritual opium,” additional highlighting China’s skepticism in direction of gaming.
This is nothing new — China banned kids from gaming between 10PM and 8AM in 2019 and likewise restricted youngsters’s display time to 90 minutes on weekdays. Chinese expertise large Tencent even launched a facial recognition system that catches kids gaming past curfew. China’s new three-hour rule signifies that the nation’s restrictions are solely getting tighter.
In 2018, Epic Games partnered with Tencent to release Fortnite in China, nevertheless it needed to bear some heavy modification earlier than it was made extensively accessible. A Fortnite China wiki web page reveals simply how totally different the sport is from what American gamers know. For instance, Chinese legislation prevents the depiction of skulls, altering the looks of numerous skull-related beauty gadgets. The wiki additionally notes that gamers got prompts to go examine in the event that they performed longer than 90 minutes on weekdays.