Posted November 10 , 2021
The Chinese version of hit video game “Fortnite” is shutting down this month.
The game stopped accepting registrations for new players and was no longer available for download, according to a statement on its website. Its servers will be shut down November 15, meaning players will no longer be able to log into the game.
The blockbuster multiplayer battle title, developed by Cary, N.C.-based Epic Games, was launched in China in July 2018 in partnership with Tencent. The Chinese internet and gaming giant bought a roughly 40% stake in Epic Games nearly a decade ago.
In its most popular mode, “Fortnite” pits up to 100 players against each other in a fight for survival. The game has become a cultural phenomenon, and last year hosted musical performances by artists such as Marshmello and Travis Scott, as well as three movies by director Christopher Nolan.
The game had more than 350 million registered players as of May 2020, according to its Twitter account. It’s the flagship title of Epic Games, which in June said it has more than 500 million accounts across its main titles and its online video game store.
This week’s announcement described Fortnite in China as a “beta test” version of the game. It did not say why the game was shutting down, but thanked players who participated in that version.