Epic Games, the company that created Fortnite, will be shutting down the battle royale in China in mid-November (via CNET).
Starting on Monday, November 20th, users will no longer be able to sign up or download Fortnite, according to a new post on the official website. Starting on November 15th, Epic Games will completely shut down Fortnite’s servers and prohibit players from accessing them.
However, it’s possible that the government is cracking down on video games in order to keep children under 18 from getting hooked.
This isn’t anything new; in 2019, China banned children from gaming between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., as well as restricting kids’ screen time to 90 minutes each day. Tencent, a Chinese technology company, even developed a facial recognition system that detects kids gaming after curfew.
Epic Games partnered with Tencent to release Fortnite in China in 2018, but it had to undergo significant modification before it was made accessible. According to a Fortnite China wiki page, the game is considerably different from what American players are used to.
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