Fortnite China closed this month

Even if you have never got off a party bus, you may have heard of Fortnite from Epic Games. With large-scale cross-border events and concerts, impressively generous content releases, record-breaking Twitch figures, and numerous popular cultural references, the cartoon-style Battle Royale continues to have a wide-ranging impact on multiple entertainment industries. However, many of the various functions of Fortnite have been deprived in China. As we all know, Fortnite China is an exclusive beta version of this popular game, which has been fine-tuned to comply with Chinese media laws. Unfortunately, this beta version will cease to exist later this month; Fortnite China is shutting down.

According to a Kotaku report, Fortnite China’s official website announced the server shutdown. This decision may be related to China’s notoriously strict gambling laws. Earlier this year, CNN It is confirmed that China prohibits children under the age of 18 from playing games on weekdays, and the limit is 1 hour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In addition, laws against media violence (for example, skins with skull images are completely absent or modified) and gambling prevent Fortnite China from displaying certain cosmetics, including storefronts that focus on microtransactions. Regarding the latter change, Chinese players get 400 V-Bucks every week and provide free purchaseable packages such as battle passes.

Perhaps the most interesting change comes from the game background story of Fortnite China.Knowledge in the test version, as explained Wiki page, It means that the game is on the training ground; all enemies are holograms, not real people:

“HP is called battery life. Even their unique storm health bar is also called a signal bar. Its consumption will cause your hologram to “disconnect” and thus wipe you out. These changes are meant to eliminate the in-game The meaning of any violent content, because it is illegal under Chinese law, especially games played by minors.”

Fortnite China will discontinue production on November 15.

[Source: Kotaku & CNN]