You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Fortnite’ May Hit China Next Week

Fortnite’s” Battle Bus is on its way to China, according to a teaser image posted by developer Epic Games Friday on Twitter. The tweet includes a photo of a passport with the date 4/23/18 stamped inside, which means the popular battle royale game could launch in the country in three days.

This is a big deal for “Fortnite” and Epic Games. China is the world’s largest mobile app market, according to data firm App Annie. Chinese smartphone users spent well over 200 billion hours in apps across multiple platforms last year. App Annie also estimates that $1 out of every $4 made from app stores, in-app advertising, and mobile commerce is generated by the Chinese market.

App Annie said the majority of China’s most-used apps are published by Chinese companies. If Epic is bringing “Fortnite” there, it will probably go through publisher Tencent, who happens to own 40% of Epic.

Epic Games released the mobile version of “Fortnite” to the general public just over a month ago after a brief invite-only testing period. It features the same 100-player gameplay, map, and content as its PC and console cousins. It also gets the same weekly updates.

“Fortnite” on mobile reportedly pulled in over $1 million in its first 72 hours and grossed more than $25 million in the first month, quickly out-earning older, more established apps like Pandora, YouTube, and Hulu. Intelligence firm Sensor Tower believes the game could bring in more than $500 million its first year once it launches on Google Play. Add the Chinese market to that figure and it looks like Epic will have one heck of a hootenanny in 2018.

Of course, there’s no word yet on what version of “Fortnite” could be heading to China. It could be on mobile, PC, or consoles. Or maybe even all three. But not bringing “Fortnite” on mobile to China feels like leaving money on the table.

More Gaming

  • Banned 'Fortnite' Rumors Don't Check Out

    Despite Rumors, 'Fortnite' Doesn't Appear to Be Banned in China

    Rumors of Chinese citizens being unable to access certain games, including “Fortnite,” last week appear not to be true, sources and Variety’s own tests verify. While several sources reported that China blocked “Fortnite” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” including Deseret News and GameRevolution, there doesn’t appear to be any definitive proof that the games were blocked in China. The rumor sparked [...]

  • Games Workshop Hires Fan Film Director

    Games Workshop Hires Fan Film Director to Helm 'Warhammer' Animated Series

    “Warhammer 40,000” fan film director Richard Boylan has been tapped to work on an official “Warhammer” animated series dubbed “Angels of Death.” Boylan previously captivated audiences with both “Guardsman” and “Helsreach,” two excellent short films based on different aspects of the in-game universe. Both projects utilized animation and live-action segments and impressed fans of the [...]

  • Epic Games Celebrates The Holidays With

    Epic Games Celebrates The Holidays With '14 Days of Fortnite'

    Epic Games is bringing more holiday cheer to its popular battle royale game with “14 Days of Fortnite,” a limited-time event featuring new modes, challenges, and more, according to the developer’s website. The event kicks off on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Starting at 9 a.m. ET each day afterwards, players can log into the game to find [...]

  • Monster Hunter: World

    2018 Steam Awards Voting Begins This Week; Here Are The Finalists

    Valve revealed the finalists for The 2018 Steam Awards on Wednesday. The Steam Awards began in 2016 as a way for the community to honor some of the digital distribution platform’s best games. Each year, Valve chooses the categories and lets Steam users vote for the winners. Those categories are usually pretty atypical for an [...]

  • 'PUBG Mobile' Amassed New Revenue High

    'PUBG Mobile' Amassed New Revenue High In December

    Mobile battle royale hit “PUBG Mobile” had its best month yet in terms of player spending in November, according to mobile app analytics firm Sensor Tower. Tencent’s battle royale title brought in an estimated $32.5 million worldwide in November alone, a 44 percent increase than October’s revenue, and 26 percent more than its previous best [...]

  • Trump School Safety Group Calls For

    Trump School Safety Group Calls For Video Game Ratings Groups to Review, Improve Policies

    The Entertainment Software Ratings Board, and other self-regulatory entertainment ratings boards, should review and improve their policies to “ensure access to content is limited to age-appropriate consumers,” according to the findings of the Federal Commission on School Safety, which released in a 180-page report Tuesday. The commission was formed following the spree shooting at a [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content