Tencent’s WeGame platform aims to take on Valve’s Steam

Victor Barreiro Jr.
Tencent’s WeGame platform aims to take on Valve’s Steam
Tencent's WeGame will start its operations supporting some 200 million users in China alone, compared to Steam's 125 million users worldwide

MANILA, Philippines – China’s Tencent is updating its games platform to cater to both Chinese and International users in a potential attempt to upset the status of Valve’s Steam as the gaming platform to beat.

News of the Tencent platform change came from tweets by Daniel Ahmad, an analyst at NIko Partners, early on Monday, April 17.

Based on his translation, the “Tencent Games Platform” will be transformed into “WeGame”  and will “support Chinese and global users” using a single storefront. Additional features include support for localizations, and the ability to allow developers and users to interact with each other.


 


 

Ahmad adds the switch to an International gaming platform is significant as it already has more users in China than Steam has worldwide. While Steam has approximately 125 million users, Tencent’s gaming platform has 200 million users in China and has made a killing through mobile gaming

Tencent owns Riot Games and Supercell, which make League of Legends and Clash of Clans, respectively. Polygon added Tencent also has a stake in Glu Mobile, as well Epic Games and Activision Blizzard. 

Official word of WeGame should be available soon. Ahmad did add in a tweet on Tuesday that hit game Rocket League will be coming to China courtesy of the WeGame service.


 

 

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.