Everyone knows that Fortnite is an addictive game, but generally we in the “West” believe that such forms of mild addiction should controlled by the individual. The Chinese government says otherwise.

Fortnite is available pretty much everywhere in the world in one form or another. The game is viewed as fairly harmless by every world government due to its kid-friendly colors and lighthearted themes.

However, China’s government is own to place heavy restrictions on games within its market. These range from outright bans of most titles to minor changes to tweak the perceived Western appearances or themes of a game.

An example of this was recently discovered on the Chinese version of Fortnite.

The version will decrease XP gains when the player account has played 3 or more hours in a day.

Reddit user “Ringsel1” posted this image from the Chinese client after they had played three hours. As you can see, the game heavily restricts continued play.

The limits include XP rates being dropped to 50% and challenge progress being halted.

The restrictions aren’t just a broad “the game is locked after 3 hours” which suggests actual thought being put into the idea. It’s similar to the intricacy of how Chinese League of Legends changes skins slightly if they exude too much Western influence (generally this means suggestive elements).

While both XP and challenges are important parts of Fortnite, we would argue that this approach is a bit silly and ineffective. Three hours of playtime does not an addiction make.

Those players that become truly addicted to Fortnite or other game are not going to stop playing simply because they don’t earn as much XP. The root of the problem probably isn’t with the game, but something being wrong with their family or school life.

Parental locks and limitations work much better in curbing addiction. Besides, the majority of players are not “addicted,” but are just enjoying a new-age hobby that their elders don’t really yet understand. We’ve seen similar outcries in the media in the US, Europe, and elsewhere.

What do you think about these blocks? Do you think they can be effective or simply slightly annoy Chinese players?

comments below


  1. This just feels useless and like way too much.
    This is just over-protecting people, and maybe they could do some kind of warning like: WARNING! You should go get a rest. -50% exp in: 30min., to give an example

    • Not China enough to give a warning, they have to go a step above like with everything. This isn’t the worst thing. Most social networks including GOOGLE itself are banned there. So, this is like .. them being nice.

      • I know they have everything controlled over there. No doubt millions of citizens a year get out of the country or at least try :/

        • It’s actually not that difficult to emigrate from China. The catch is that China doesn’t allow dual-citizenship. So, once you’re a citizen in another country, you’re no longer a Chinese citizen.

          • It’s actually not if you’re an average citizen. As long as you don’t care about privacy, are content with being ignorant and don’t mind censorship.. you can do a lot. Religion wise? Hell no. Expressing your thoughts and opinion? A big hell no. Talking about history they don’t like? Nope. Protesting or advocating for change? You’ll be shut down. As long as you’re not doing those things, you got all the freedom you need. China is a superpower, it’s a very technologically advanced country. Poverty and famine is not really a thing there unless it’s rural. It’s not that bad.

    • It’s practically a dictatorship. Very authoritarian. It has “People’s Republic” in its own name, but it’s far from that. There are only 3 countries that have banned Twitter, North Korea (Dictatorship), Iran (Dictatorship) and China.. apparently, not a dictatorship. Which also has Google banned. lol

    • And what’s worse is that the people living there don’t realize that. They have no regard for privacy that they think “Well, I have nothing to hide, so I don’t mind.”

  2. You shouldn’t share Ringsel’s content on here. I looked him up after a comment asked if you “know who ringsel is” and I regret doing it. Dude’s a weirdo, he draws Fortnite porn and posts it on a subreddit.

  3. Sorry but this isn’t fortnite limited and it’s not a new thing, it’s has been around since 2007 , all people who are minor or didin’t verified age trough their ID after 3 hour of playing they get Rewards reduced, it has been around since 2007 and it’s on all PC games.

    TL;DR : People over 18years old that verified their age can play as much as they want.
    See Shutdown law on wikipedia


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