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.
Looks like Tencent will rebrand its 'Tencent Games Platform' to 'WeGame'.— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) April 16, 2017
It's basically Tencent's version of Steam. pic.twitter.com/Rx7ndSXJVM
So it seems it will support both Chinese and Global users.— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) April 16, 2017
Allow developers and users to interact
One storefront pic.twitter.com/uwGTayzZN4
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.
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.
Rocket League is coming to China.— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) April 18, 2017
Will be published on Tencent's 'WeGame' (Tencent Games Platform) service. pic.twitter.com/Sl1GVGO5d1