Epic Games is shutting down China's version of Fortnite amid Beijing's crackdown on gaming

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Epic Games is shutting down China's version of Fortnite amid Beijing's crackdown on gaming
Epic is shutting down China's version of Fortnite. "Fortnite"/Epic Games
  • Epic Games will shut down its China version of Fortnite on November 15.
  • Fortnite in China was only ever in the beta-testing stage and has been available since 2018.
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Game developer Epic Games is shutting down the Chinese version of its wildly popular Fortnite.

The company announced the decision in a post on its website on Sunday. A spokesperson for Epic Games shared a translation of the post with Insider, which said Epic ended new user registrations in China on November 1 and will fully shut down its servers there on November 15.

The Chinese version of Fortnite, called Fortress Night, was never technically a full version of the game and the company referred to it as a "beta test" in its shutdown announcement.

Epic Games' spokesperson told Insider the beta test has existed in China since 2018. CNBC reported the beta version lacked features such as in-app purchases.

The company did not give a reason for why it was shutting down the game, and a spokesperson declined to comment when asked by Insider.

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Epic Games' decision to withdraw Fortnite from China comes after the Chinese government began to bring in strict new laws around gaming. Beijing introduced a law in August mandating that children under 18 can only have three hours of gaming per week.

Shares in major Chinese gaming companies Tencent and NetEase fell in September following a report from the South China Morning Post that government officials were slowing approvals of new online video games.

Tencent acquired a 40% stake in Epic Games in 2012.

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