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World of Tanks is latest PC giant to come to Steam

World of Tanks is latest PC giant to come to Steam

Wargaming is bringing World of Tanks to Steam later this year.

The free-to-play title is coming to Valve's platform but doesn't have a specific release date as of yet, but Wargaming said that the game would allow cross-platform play between the Steam edition and its current PC version.

“We’ve always wanted to make sure World of Tanks was available to everyone, so it’s a natural step that we welcome the Steam community to our family,” the game's global publishing director Max Chuvalov said.

“Soon, Steam users will be able to enjoy the hard-hitting battles only our game provides, and we really hope they enjoy them.”

World of Tanks launched back in 2010, with the game hitting 160 million players in its first ten years on the market. During this time, the game was available in its own launcher, before Wargaming launched the Wargaming.net Game Center.

Back in 2018, we caught up with Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi to discuss the 12 years of persistence before it hit gold with World of Tanks. The following year, PCGamesInsider.biz chatted to the exec about how it was looking to expand beyond the free-to-play military title and its spin-offs.

World of Tanks isn't the only long-running PC hit that's come to Steam recently. In October 2020, Jagex's MMO RuneScape launched on Valve's platform ahead of the title turning 20, while its retro counterpart – Old School RuneScape – is coming to Steam shortly. 

Electronic Arts also opted to bring its PC titles back to Steam after years of focusing on its own platform. This helped cause a spike in revenue.


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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