Tencent Has Plans To Bring Its Steam Competitor, WeGame, To The West

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor July 9, 2018
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With Steam drawing in about 15 million players at any one time, Valve has a pretty huge chunk of the PC gaming market. It might be facing some competition, however, from an even bigger gaming titan.

Tencent launched its WeGame platform in September 2017, providing a Steam-like service to gamers in China. Now the company is working on bringing a version of the software to Hong Kong, which will be made available to users overseas, GamesIndustry reports. Valve already has plans to expand Steam into China, with the help of Perfect World Entertainment, and GI gives that as a reason for why Tencent might be making this move.

GI also notes that Tencent owns pieces of several major gaming companies, including Epic Games, Activision/Blizzard, and Riot Games, which it could leverage to boost WeGame's footprint in the West. At the least, it's very name should provide an easy sale price for deeply discounted games.

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In this article: Steam, Valve, Tencent, WeGame.

About the Author

Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (5)

Q 4 years ago
What is it going to do that steam doesn't? We already have a stupid amount of game distribution platforms (from publishers, origin, arc, blizzard, etc...) that do absolutely nothing more than steam already does, and far less generally. Don't think discounted games is going to be enough to get most people to switch, they would have to sell them at a significantly lower price than steam and steam already does pretty big discounts on most games.

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Zimm 4 years ago
Im sure they will handle your data with care.


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