Fortnite will stop new registrations for the game, in China, starting November 1, 2021.
Fortnite is currently one of the most popular games, in the world, amongst the ones that are presently available out there. It is therefore not wrong to assume that the game will also be available in the most populous country in the world, as well.
Come November 15, 2021, this assumption will be wrong. Because as per an announcement on the Fortnite China’s website, Epic Games will be closing the download entrance and stop the registrations for new users for the game starting 11:00 AM of November 1, 2021. The announcement also stated that at 11:00 AM on November 15, 2021, the company will be shutting down the game’s servers and users in China will no longer be able to log in to the game, any more.
Ever since the game’s release almost four years ago, it has been massively popular almost everywhere, all across the globe. However, this feat has been achieved, without much backing from China. This is because of the Chinese laws altering the Fortnite available in China widely different from the game that is available to the players, all across the world to play.
There are a multiple number of reasons why Epic Games might have taken the decision to shut the game’s server in China. The most primary amongst them would be that microtransactions are outlawed by the Chinese government. A lot of Fortnite’s revenue comes from converting real money in V-bucks which are then used by players to buy items and skins, in the game. This has made it difficult for Epic Games to turn a profit from the game, in China.
Moreover, these V-bucks can be used for purchasing the many skins that the game is famous for. These skins are influenced from multiple aspects of the pop culture, popular shows, companies, artistes and even events. However, existing Chinese censorship laws have required that alterations be made to these skins as well, making what is available all across the world, in the game, a lot different from the same, in China.
As The World Will Await The Arrival Of New Skins And More, China Will Be Saying Goodbye To Fortnite!
In addition to that, Fortnite was entirely banned in China, back in 2018. This was around the time, when the game was at the peak of its popularity, in the county. This ban had resulted in the game losing out on a vast number of potential players in the country.
Now, the game was altered to fit in with the Chinese values and the censorship laws that are prevalent there. Making it outright bizarre, and hence causing it to draw flak and criticisms from anyone who had tried the battle royale in the country.
One of the most bizarre things that set Fortnite China apart from the version available globally elsewhere is that this version has the provision for multiple winners, in a match. The concept of the last man standing is not available, keeping in touch with the Chinese values. Anyone who can survive for twenty minutes or more, is declared a winner, in the Chinese version.
These absurdities were the cause of displeasure amongst many in China. And with Epic Games shutting down the servers for the game in the country, it only keeps one wondering how deep this displeasure ran and how much flak did the game, actually draw, for it to completely shut down.