The colossal Chinese game writer Tencent is making a worldwide model of WeGame, its personal PC gaming distribution and social platform. WeGame is at the moment solely obtainable in China.
“The Hong Kong model of WeGame is now beneath improvement,” a spokesperson advised the South China Morning Post. “This model shall be obtainable for abroad customers, and we’ll use this platform to carry extra Chinese video games to the worldwide market.”
Tencent has a whole lot of floor to make up. WeGame solely launched in September final 12 months, although it did construct upon the pre-existing Tencent Games Platform. Its catalogue presently contains solely 220 video games – a mixture of Chinese titles and a choose few from abroad. Expanding into Hong Kong – the place web sites may be accessed by Chinese customers, but aren’t topic to regulation by the Chinese authorities – is a wise first step to bringing extra video games onto the platform. Tencent’s many investments in main western studios, resembling Activision-Blizzard and Ubisoft, will most certainly additionally assist in that regard.
Which of those thrilling upcoming PC games are about to launch in China by way of WeGame, not Steam?
Here’s the story within the South China Morning Post (in English), which involves us by way of GamesIndustry.biz. As GI.biz factors out, Tencent will seemingly have been galvanised by the latest announcement of Steam China – a collaboration between Valve and Perfect World, who additionally helped Valve carry CS:GO to China. Perfect World are considered one of Tencent’s native rivals – Valve’s partnership with the previous extends to Dota 2, a number one competitor to League of Legends, which is owned by the latter.