Tencent is on the brink of launch a world model of its PC gaming market.
Last month, Valve introduced it could create a localised version of Steam for China. Now it appears Chinese writer Tencent has related plans for its PC video games platform, WeGame.
According to the South China Morning Post (by way of GamesIndustry.biz), Tencent is creating a Hong Kong version of its WeGame market. While that sounds modest, this WeGame model shall be expanded to accommodate worldwide gamers.
“The Hong Kong version of WeGame is now under development,” a Tencent spokesperson mentioned. “This version will be available for overseas users, and we will use this platform to bring more Chinese games to the global market.”
WeGame at the moment has a smaller catalogue than Steam, however Tencent does have investments in a variety of Western gaming corporations. It owns League of Legends developer Riot Games, together with shares in Epic Games, Ubisoft, and even Activision Blizzard. If WeGame’s worldwide model hosted video games like Fortnite, it might rapidly turn out to be a serious competitor in opposition to Steam.
What’s extra, video games launched from Hong Kong wouldn’t be topic to China’s authorities restrictions. That means WeGame’s catalogue might expertise a speedy growth upon launch.
WeGame Hong Kong and Steam China wouldn’t have launch dates presently.