Fortnite switched off in China amid crackdown on games

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Fortnite has been shut down in China, amid a widespread crackdown on gaming in the country.

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In line with the pre-announced shutdown, players are now unable to load the game.

Unlike the rest of the world, where Fortnite has become a central part of much of the culture, however, Fortnite never really took off in China. It was held back by regulatory issues from its launch – and was never officially launched, with developers even referring to it as “testing” at the end.


The Fortnite developers announced the shutdown in late October, when they said “testing” was “ending”. Players were cut from registering as new users or downloading games from November 1, and then a total shutdown occurred on November 15.

“Thank you for boarding the bus to participate in the Fortnite trial!” Said it.

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The developers didn’t give any specific indication as to why the game was discontinued. But it comes amid mounting restrictions in the country: From this summer, for example, youth are only allowed to play video games for three hours each week.

The Chinese version of Fortnite was always different from the version that players know about in the rest of the world. This included a number of changes, including the removal of any depiction of skulls, a change so that players were only in control of “holograms” that were disconnected in an attempt to avoid depictions of violence, and reminders to players after 90 minutes. Instead, they should go and study.

According to the Fortnite in China wiki, not all of those changes were the result of sanctions within China. Something came about because Rival and similar games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds were first launched, and so the developers looked to make the game more accessible to those who had made the new Switch.


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