One of the most popular online game Fortnite is finally coming to China, thanks mainly to a partnership between its creator Epic Games and Tencent. Tencent is the Chinese tech giant that owns over 40 percent of Epic and also the owners of “League of Legends”. They will handle the publishing and distribution of the game in China. Fortnite will get an investment of over $15 million from Tencent in China on marketing to its domestic player base and clamp down on piracy and illegal clones, the latter of which is a problem in the country.
A portion of that investment will be spent on building the game’s eSports scene in China according to DoNews. For a limited time, anyone who played the original will be able to transfer their data, skins, and items to the Chinese version. It is rumored that Tencent has developed a dedicated app to teach players about the game and watch live broadcasts, and those who visit the game’s Chinese site and pre-order it to earn special items.
Whether or not Fortnite blows up there as much as it has in the US, Tencent will have a hold on the genre: The company created the mobile version of PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds, which launched in China last fall and the US last month.