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The Chinese version of Fortnite is shutting down in mid-November
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The Chinese version of Fortnite is shutting down in mid-November

Epic Video games, the developer behind Fortnite, is shutting down the battle royale in China in mid-November (by way of CNET). A translated submit on Fortnite’s website reveals that the “take a look at” of the sport “has come to an finish.”

The submit says customers will not be capable to join or obtain Fortnite beginning Monday. On November fifteenth, Epic Video games will shut down Fortnite’s servers fully and bar customers from logging in. The discover thanks gamers for “boarding the bus” and collaborating in the sport. Epic didn’t present any extra info on why it determined to shut out the sport.

Nevertheless, it might have one thing to do with China’s new gaming restriction for teenagers — as of August, kids underneath the age of 18 can only play video games three hours per week. State-backed media additionally referred to on-line video games as “non secular opium,” additional highlighting China’s skepticism in the direction of gaming.

This is nothing new — China banned kids from gaming between 10PM and 8AM in 2019 and likewise restricted kids’s display time to 90 minutes on weekdays. Chinese expertise big Tencent even launched a facial recognition system that catches kids gaming past curfew. China’s new three-hour rule implies that the nation’s restrictions are solely getting tighter.

In 2018, Epic Games partnered with Tencent to release Fortnite in China, but it surely needed to endure some heavy modification earlier than it was made extensively obtainable. 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 a quantity of skull-related beauty gadgets. The wiki additionally notes that gamers got prompts to go research in the event that they performed longer than 90 minutes on weekdays.

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