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International version of Tencent's WeGame on the way

International version of Tencent's WeGame on the way

Tencent's PC games storefront WeGame is set to roll out internationally.

Thar's according to SCMP.com, which reports that this global edition will be launching in Hong Kong.

Right now, WeGame is only available in China having launched in the region last September. At the time of writing, the platform offers around 220 titles. It isn't just local titles that are performing well, either; according to Tencent Klei's Don't Starve Together has shifted over two million units on the platform.

Still, though, Tencent hopes that this platform will bring Chinese games to a wider market.

“The Hong Kong version of WeGame is now under development,” a Tencent spokesperson said.

“This version will be available for overseas users, and we will use this platform to bring more Chinese games to the global market.”

This follows Valve announcing that Steam would be launching in China, the result of a a collaboration with Perfect World.

Though Valve has a much larger offering of games on its platform - in the region of 21,000, Tencent's footprint in the games space is considerably bigger. Estimates point to Tencent being behind roughly one third of total games revenue each and every year.

Not only that - in the PC games space, the firm either owns or has stakes in Activision Blizzard, Epic Games and PUBG Corp, as well as League of Legends firm Riot Games. This would prove invaluable in the firm's battle with Valve for dominance of the PC games market. That's without mentioning its mobile games interest, which incluce blockbuster firms such as Clash of Clans maker Supercell and Glu Mobile.


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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