Epic Games has officially given up its quest to make Fortnite fully accessible to audiences in China, as the studio looks up the time on its servers in the country without having earned a penny.
As reported by Bloomberg, Epic Games shut down Fortnite’s services in the country yesterday (Nov. 15) after a three-year trial of the game that appeared to have made no money for the company despite significant investments.
The game started off quite positively in its attempts to enter the Chinese market, according to Bloomberg. In the summer of 2018, 10 million players registered to play the game. The game never started properly due to laws in the country requiring new videos to be approved to sell copies of virtual items in the area.
Epic’s decision to shut down its servers comes at a time when people in Beijing are watching the effects of video games on children. In September, the government tried to limit children’s playtime to just three hours a week in many cases and instead encourage them to take up alternative outdoor activities.
While a trial of Fortnite has been running in China for the past three years, there have been a number of differences from its global counterpart. Due to government restrictions, those who play the game would not be able to purchase digital items and cosmetics to customize their avatars.
As reported by GameRant, the version played in the region also allowed for multiple winners during a game, adjustments that apparently were more in line with Chinese values. This meant that players who survived more than twenty minutes were automatically crowned winners regardless of how many players were left.
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In other Fortnite news, the game recently announced that Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett would be joining the game in December. The poster announcement was tweeted during Disney + Day last week and also hinted at the possible arrival of Fennec Shand.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.