While not the main theme of MMOinGame, it’s very low that you do not hear them problems that exist between TikTok and the United States. One week ago, Donald Trump stepped in to ban the use of the TikTok application in the United States, and on Thursday night issued an executive order blocking “transactions” with his matrix company, ByteDance. It is expected to take effect in 45 days. At the same time, the U.S. Senate has voted to ban TikTok on public entities.
On the other hand, Trump also issued an executive order imposing the same ban on WeChat and its parent company Tencent. WeChat allows communication for people inside and outside China, and it can be somewhat confusing what it can mean to ban its use by EE users. UU. These orders are expected to be filed in the courts, but the concept of “transactions” remains rather ambiguous until the Minister of Trade explains it.
When it comes to video games, Tencent has a large number of participants on a huge list of developers from all over the world. We speak boldly as;
Riot Games (100%), Epic Games (40%), Supercell, Activision Blizzard, Bluehole, Ubisoft, Reddit, Discord, Huya Douyu, Grinding Gear Games, Frontier Developments, Paradox Interactive, Funcom, Sharkmob, Fatshark or Kakao Games.
As you can imagine, Seeing this company would be a devastating blow to the video game industry as much in China as in the rest of the world without having to deal with other industries.
In the decrees, the rationale for the ban is “a national emergency with regard to the transmission chain of information and communication technologies and services”. In addition, it states that it could be “used for information campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party.” As an engadget signal, you can also be warned in such a way that TikTok “automatically captures large amounts of information from its users, including information about Internet activity and other networks, such as location data and navigation history” and.
We are in front of a pretty peliagudo theme that we will be watching for more news in the coming hours and days. Follow the attention.
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Fortunately, the White House appears to have confirmed that the order will only affect transactions with WeChat, leaving it excluded from other Tencent companies such as Riot Games or Epic Games.
Video game companies owned by Tencent will NOT be affected by this notice!
White House official confirmed to LA Times that EO only blocks WeChat-related transactions
So Riot Games (League of Legends), Epic Games (Fortnite) et al are safe
– Sam Dean @ (@SamAugustDean) August 7, 2020