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Image: Courtesy of Epic Games

"Fortress Night," the Chinese version of Epic Games' massive hit "Fortnite," is shutting down this month after years of testing an altered version of the game.

Driving the news: The game's team announced the news on its website, noting that "the test of 'Fortress Night' has come to an end," and servers will shut down the morning of Nov. 15.

  • As of today, new players can no longer register; the download portal is also closing.
  • "Fortnite" launched in China in 2018 as part of a partnership between Epic Games and Tencent.

Yes, but: The game never officially launched in China.

  • On Twitter, analyst Daniel Ahmad pointed out that it " was never approved by the govt and therefore could not officially launch + monetise."
  • "When Epic and Tencent decided to bring Fortnite to China they had a licensing agreement for x years and it's clear that the cost of changes / operating the game / extending the license does not make sense anymore, given there is no approval for it at this point," Ahmad continued.
  • The Chinese version of the game differed from the original in several ways, including no microtransactions and amendments to its lore and looks to make it less violent.

The big picture: Over the past year, Chinese regulators have enacted new rules to cut down on gaming time for minors, reducing online playtime to just three hours a week.

  • As general manager at Mintegral — a global mobile advertising platform — Jeff Sue told Axios, however, "most Chinese publishers like NetEase and Tencent Gaming have foreseen restrictions and it plays a role in their global acquisitions."
  • Epic declined to comment, pointing Axios instead to its official announcement.

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New York City's game development scene is steadily growing, especially in the indie sector.

Driving the news: According to a new study from the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, New York "serves as an incubator" for the growth of creative game communities.

JPMorgan: "Full global recovery" in 2022

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JPMorgan Chase Global Research says in a forecast to clients: "2022 will be the year of a full global recovery, an end of the global pandemic, and a return to normal conditions we had prior to the COVID-19 outbreak."

The big picture: The bullish report sees "a return of global mobility, and a release of pent-up demand from consumers (e.g. travel, services)."

Inside Trump's hunt for "disloyal" Republicans

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Donald Trump and his associates are systematically reshaping the Republican Party, working to install hand-picked loyalists across federal and state governments and destroy those he feels have been disloyal, sources close to the former president tell Axios.

Why it matters: If most or all of Trump’s candidates win, he will go into the 2024 election cycle with far more people willing to do his bidding who run the elections in key states.