US Internet services company Yahoo said on Tuesday that it had terminated its services in China.
According to the report, the move came just days after the announcement of the American gaming company APEC in which it said that it would close its popular game ‘Fortnight’ if strict restrictions were imposed on the world’s largest gaming market.
Beijing has launched a massive regulatory crackdown on a number of industries in a bid to tighten its grip on the economy, hurting technology companies.
Several US-based companies have recently withdrawn their major services from China, with Microsoft announcing in October the closure of its career-based social network LinkedIn.
“Acknowledging the challenging business and legal environment in China, Yahoo’s services will no longer be accessible from China from November 1,” Yahoo said in an emailed statement to AFP.
“Yahoo is committed to its users’ rights and free and open Internet. We thank our users for their support.”
It should be noted that foreign technology companies have long been forced to comply with strict local laws and official censorship of materials in China.
Google shut down its search engine in China in 2010, denying Beijing the need to censor search results.
Reports from Google executives of plans to reopen the search engine in China in 2018 drew strong reactions from volunteer groups and Google employees who warned that a censored search engine was a ‘dangerous example’. Will establish
Yahoo China was started in 1999 when the company was one of the world’s leading Internet companies.
Its presence in the country has waned in recent years, with Yahoo shutting down its Chinese mail service in 2013.
China’s crackdown has also hurt the video gaming sector, with officials saying in late August that they wanted to curb children’s habit by announcing a drastic reduction in online playing time.
On Sunday, gaming company APEC said it would close the Chinese version of Fortnight on November 15.
The action-packed shooting and World Building game is one of the most popular games in the world, with over 350 million users.
“Fortnight China’s beta test is over, and the servers will be shut down soon,” the company said in a statement.
“On November 15, at 11 am, we will shut down game servers and players will no longer be able to log in,” it said.
The Chinese beta test version was released in 2018, but Fortnite never received the green signal from the government to officially launch and monetize it.