Following the back and forth discussions in the US regarding the possible ban of TickTok, president Donald Trump said earlier this week that he will not allow an American company to acquire the platform.
The conflict escalated quickly last night when the President signed an executive order that will prevent US citizens and companies to do any transactions not only with TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, but also with the Chinese giants WeChat and Tencent, two companies that have a large stake in the gaming industry.
Trump’s executive order goes in effect in 45 days and will directly impact the esports scene as Tencent Holdings Ltd owns some of the biggest studio games in the world such as Riot Games, Funcom, Grinding Gear Games or have stakes in companies such Epic Games, Ubisoft, Supercell and Activision Blizzard.
Some of the games that will be directly impacted by President’s Trump order are League of Legends, Legends of Runeterra, Valorant, TFT, Fortnite, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Starcraft, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Path of Exile, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, Gears of War, Rainbow Six Siege, Conan Exiles, Age of Conan and Arena of Valor.
For games that are free to play, such as League of Legends or Valorant, the order will prevent the American players from acquiring any cosmetic items. However, the list includes a large number of games that are either monthly subscription based or require an install key purchase, which in 45 days will become impossible to acquire in the United States.