Steam is officially coming to China

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Valve is bringing an official version of Steam to China.

Valve is partnering with Chinese company Perfect World, a worldwide publisher of (mostly) MMOs, to officially bring a localised version of Steam to China. It’ll simply be called Steam China.

The two companies announced the move in a press release this week, but did not provide a launch date.

Valve and Perfect World have been partners before, of course, as the Shanghai-based company is the official distributor of Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in China.

Steam has technically been accessible in China for a while, too, but as you’re probably aware by now, the Chinese government doesn’t like it when foreign companies do business in the country without roping in a local partner.

As it stands, without an official agreement, the government can see the platform as a threat to the national identity or something or other, and could easily block access to it. In fact, the Steam Community – one part of Steam’s rich feature set – was recently blocked in China.

The press release mentions “a new way” for developers and players to access Steam’s content, but it’s not clear exactly what this means.

The more likely scenario is that China will get its own, sanctioned version of Steam which complies with Chinese law. But this implies so form of curation, even though Valve recently announced a hands-off approach as to which games get published on Steam.

Once again, neither company has touched on whether Steam China will be censored in any way. The companies confirmed, however, that this announcement does not affect Steam’s current “worldwide operations and services”.

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Source: https://www.vg247.com/2018/06/12/steam-is-officially-coming-to-china/

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Miko537Posted:

Why was it not available in the first place?

MikePosted:

For some reason I kinda just figured it was already available in china? Hm I guess not!

MikeyPosted:

I'm sure theirs going to be many fans happy in China, as for me I'm not happy for the obvious reasons lol.

XeCookie_Posted:

ItzSaxbyyy Hmmmm. Not really too good of news for games, as mostly it seems Chinese players are the ones who go around using exploits in games and spoiling them. This is the case for sure with PUBG and Overwatch and im sure many others too. Hopefully they wont be able to get into the EU or US servers tho as this will always make games laggier too




Specialize This could be good or bad, alot of Chinese people like to look for bugs or exploits in the game or system.


Yup the exploiting now begins. Hopefully not too bad but at least the on the bright side some of the bugs/exploits may be patched the less issues the better.

ZeroTwoPosted:

This could be good or bad, alot of Chinese people like to look for bugs or exploits in the game or system.

ItzSaxbyyyPosted:

Hmmmm. Not really too good of news for games, as mostly it seems Chinese players are the ones who go around using exploits in games and spoiling them. This is the case for sure with PUBG and Overwatch and im sure many others too. Hopefully they wont be able to get into the EU or US servers tho as this will always make games laggier too

SagePosted:

I think that when they bring this to china there is going to be some huge change to steam because of the huge influx of chinese players and users. This could be for the worse or the best. But looking at how pubg has to deal with is chinese user base I am a bit scared.