SypherPK explains bizarre feature in Chinese version of Fortnite - Dexerto
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SypherPK explains bizarre feature in Chinese version of Fortnite

Published: 16/Sep/2019 19:56 Updated: 16/Sep/2019 21:36

by Michael Gwilliam

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Fortnite has been a global phenomenon for quite some time since its release in 2017 and remains one of the most popular games all over the world to this day. But with its global success also comes strange region-specific differences.

It’s not uncommon for games to have certain differences depending on the country and language. These changes could be as simple as a game’s name. For instance Rockstar’s Bully was called Canis Canem Edit in Europe. In Russia, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 shipped without the infamous “No Russian” campaign mission. 

But this multiplayer change in Fortnite could be one of the strangest. 

Epic GamesFortnite launched in China in 2018.

During a stream, Luminosity Gaming’s Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan explained a weird mechanic found only in China.

“In China you play like a different version of Fortnite,” the streamer explained. “It has different rules and whatnot. If you have a lot of kills in a game, a little message will come up and it will say ‘you are the best player in this lobby. Do you want to leave and get the same experience for winning the game?’” 

The Chinese version of Fortnite launched in 2018 after a partnership between Epic Games and Tencent. In China, games need to be approved by the government and be compliant with the law. As such, there are some differences with titles.

“It gives you an option to leave if you have a lot of kills in China,” SypherPK continued. “It gives you the option to leave the game and get a win. Like you basically get the XP for winning. That way other people have a chance at winning.” 

This isn’t the only difference either. After playing for three hours, the Chinese version of the game will drop your EXP to 50% and challenges will be disabled. The game will ask that the player “take a rest” for their health and “arrange studies/learning time”.

According to Vice, an Epic Games representative confirmed the change was made to remain compliant with Chinese law. 

Epic GamesIn China, Fortnite will limit a player’s exp rate by 50% if they play for three hours.

China is known for its strict censorship of games. In 2019, it enacted new rules banning blood, corpses and gambling such as poker from appearing in titles.

Still, this change to Fortnite remains one of the oddest modifications from the gameplay perspective.

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Minecraft streamers TommyInnit, Tubbo & more dominate Twitch after Dream SMP finale

Published: 24/Jan/2021 12:29

by Georgina Smith

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Streamers who are part of Dream’s SMP Minecraft server such as TommyInnit, Tubbo, Quackity, and more, are topping the list of the fastest growing streamers on Twitch following an SMP finale stream.

The Minecraft community has experienced a giant surge in popularity throughout the past year, with the 2011 game providing a central focus for a huge number of streamers who have seen a boost in their follower count recently.

Largely this resurgence in popularity is due to the huge multi-streamer server named the ‘Dream SMP.’ Dream is a popular Minecraft speedrunner and YouTuber, and while the SMP (survival multiplayer server) started off as a simple fun server, it quickly progressed into remarkably detailed roleplay and lore, which has captivated fans across the world.

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The Dream SMP is full of many hugely popular streamers and YouTubers.

The story of the Dream SMP features wars, betrayal, revolutions, and more, and these plotlines are acted out and developed by a huge host of streamers who have all appeared in the server or in content relating to the server.

Dream SMP dominate fastest-growing channels

Following a ‘finale’ stream that saw an end to part of the developing story, many of these Dream SMP streamers are shooting to the top of the ranks on Twitch, dominating the fastest-growing streamers list.

According to SullyGnome, 16-year-old Tommy is the fastest-growing account on the platform, with his average viewers at a whopping 300,000. This follows his finale stream in which he peaked at around 650,000 viewers.

(Note: The top channel here, elpront0, is the victim of a follow bot, and so those numbers are discounted)

Table showing the fastest growing streamers for the week up to January 24
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SullyGnome’s data shows the fastest growing streamers for the seven days leading up to January 24.

Close behind Tommy, and all within the top ten fastest-growing streamers for the seven days leading up to January 24, are fellow SMP streamers awesamdude, Tubbo, RanbooLive, Quackity, Foolish Gamers, Sapnap, and Philza.

To see this list dominated by one group of people is certainly a testament to the growing popularity of the Dream SMP group. With so many creators on board, the amount of content is practically endless, and clearly a huge amount of work has gone into developing the lore.

Now this finale has passed, fans will be keen to know what’s going to happen next in the world of the Dream SMP, and there’s no doubt that this interest will provide an even bigger boost in numbers for these streamers.