Epic Games said to be shutting down Fortnite in China for violating copyright

Epic Games, maker of the blockbuster Fortnite video game, said Saturday it was shuttering its Fortnite business in China after announcing the arrest of one of its developers for making copyrighted content in the…

Epic Games said to be shutting down Fortnite in China for violating copyright

Epic Games, maker of the blockbuster Fortnite video game, said Saturday it was shuttering its Fortnite business in China after announcing the arrest of one of its developers for making copyrighted content in the country.

Epic spokeswoman Emily Skousen did not respond to a request for comment about the move.

The Epic Games representative said in a statement: “We are ending Fortnite cross-region gameplay for China as of today and we will evaluate future opportunities to bring Fortnite to Chinese audiences based on our commitment to protecting the Fortnite community.”

The maker of the game, which was made popular by its inclusion of battle royale-style matches involving players attempting to be the last standing, issued the statement Saturday.

The Chinese game site Jolin.cn initially reported that Epic Games would not sell the free version of the game for mobile devices in China and would no longer accept in-game currency purchased by Chinese players.

Skousen did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

Epic Games, based in Southern California, said in a separate statement that its Los Angeles-based developer, Epic Games China, had been “engaged in discussions with relevant Chinese authorities regarding publishing restrictions and content allowed on the Fortnite game platform in China.”

“Certain of the content, according to authorities, violates Chinese law and we must comply,” Epic Games wrote in a July 5 statement.

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