After announcing that TikTok and WeChat will not be able to be installed on mobile devices in the United States, and that TikTok will be completely blocked if it does not finalize its sale to a North American company or end national security concerns before November 12, the administration of Trump is also investigating Epic Games and Riot, two companies that are related to Tencent, a very powerful Chinese company that has also been accused of sharing foreign user data with the Chinese government.
Both Epic Games and Riot are two of the companies that own the most popular games of the moment as they are Fortnite y League of Legends, respectively, so that if the government deems it appropriate, these and other games or services from both companies could be affected.
In the case of Riot, Tencent owns the company, and with Fortnite the company has a small investment in Epic Games, that is, it is a minority shareholder.
Faced with this situation, Bloomberg has reported that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has contacted Riot and Epic Games in the United States to find out in detail what their security protocols are in the handling of personal data. of the Americans.
As of the time we write this note, neither of the 2 companies has issued a statement in this regard.
What will happen to Fortnite and League of Legends?
Although Riot is a developer of many games, League of Legends is undoubtedly its most popular title, in fact, it is one of the most played in esports, and every year the League of Legends world championship is held, as well as the LLA (Latin American League of Legends), so a ban to the game in the United States could be hard for the company and the players, but it would hardly be a stoppage for the championship, which has also been held in China.
Bloomberg does not detail what the questions are asked of Riot and Epic Games, but it is mentioned that other companies in which Tencent also has shares or investments have been questioned in the same way that happened with Epic Games and Riot.
On the other hand, it is important not to confuse that Fortnite is currently not available in the App Store and Play Store in the United States and other parts of the world because of the problems that Epic Games has with Google and Apple, and not because of any ban of the United States, as TikTok and WeChat will also cease to be available in these stores next Sunday, September 20, but by order of the United States government.
Tencent has also had this same problem in India, as this country blocked the downloads and use of PUBG Mobile, a game that has been developed by Tencent, which is why those responsible for the IP of PUBG in South Korea have had to break ties with Tencent and mention that in India they will take care of the game completely so that it is available again.
For now, only India and the United States are the only countries that have taken action against Chinese applications and services by accusing them of spying on users and sharing their personal data with the Chinese government.