Fortnite is Shutting Down and Getting Removed in China
Fortnite is still one of the most popular games available today. Soon, it looks like the player base will be taking a huge hit as they will be shut down and removed permanently in China. Here’s what went down.
Fortnite Shutting Down in China
Fortnite China is shutting down November 15th @ 11 AM CT
— iFireMonkey (@iFireMonkey) October 31, 2021
It appears that in China, Fortnite will be shutting down on 15th November 2021. According to Twitter user @iFireMonkey, the official game portal in China made a public announcement about it. The message reads:
The test of “Fortress Night” has come to an end. We will shut down the server in the near future,” before listing out plans to take the game down. Starting today, users cannot create any new game accounts, and on November 15, gamers will no longer be able to log into the game.
For those of you who are confused, Fortnite is given the name Fortress Night in China, so that wasn’t an odd translation error. While the actual reasoning behind the shut down is unclear, it may be due to the China government’s crackdown on online games as of late, with teens being limited to just 3 hours of gaming per week.
There’s also a possibility that Epic Games is simply calling it quits after the 2-year test in China as the strict regulations there make it harder to monetize the game. This is especially the case since you can’t buy V-Bucks or purchase anything in the game, which is primary source of revenue.
If you’re worried that the game might go away all of a sudden in other places, it’s unlikely to happen at the moment. The game’s momentum is still going strong with a slew of new updates and more collaboration projects in the works. We will report more on this if information arises so stay tuned.
Fortnite is currently available for free on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, and PC via Epic Games Store.
Pokdepinion: This is gonna be a huge hit to their player base but it shouldn’t affect the revenue / profits since there really isn’t much to make there to begin with given the limitations. I’m about pretty certain there will be a similar game taking its place sooner rather than later.