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China is on Fortnite's agenda

Fortnite has the potential to reach hundreds of millions of gamers in China. (Source: Twitter)
Fortnite has the potential to reach hundreds of millions of gamers in China. (Source: Twitter)
A message on the official Twitter account for Fortnite has shown an image of a passport with a stamp for China on it. The words “The Battle Bus is taking off! Destination, China” are also part of the mysterious tweet. While many commentators have taken this to mean the game is due to launch in China soon, others have speculated it could be related to a new map or location.

Fortnite is already practically the biggest game on the planet, and it seems possible the title is just about to get a lot bigger. The battle royale king’s Twitter account recently had a message posted on it showing an open passport (belonging to the character Jonesy) with a red stamp for China on the adjoining page. There is a date in the stamp that suggests something is happening on April 23, 2018. Could this simply be Epic Games’ way of advertising an upcoming launch for that particular nation?

Obviously, it makes perfect business sense for Epic Games to release Fortnite in China. The gaming market there is massive, and 40% of the American video-game developer is owned by the huge Chinese conglomerate Tencent Holdings Limited, which would certainly help the popular title quickly establish a foothold in that tricky market.

However, even though the initial signs seem to point to Fortnite coming to China soon, that hasn’t stopped speculation that the tweet might actually signify a new map or a new location for the game. Fortnite’s developers have been busy lately, adding a new game mode and a new light machine gun.


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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-04-20 (Update: 2020-09-30)