Steam China has just 0.25% of regular Steam games

Steam China has just 0.25% of regular Steam games

The official Chinese version of Steam is now out, but apparently only has 53 games on it at the moment.

That's according to PC Gamer, which reports that the platform has only 0.25 per cent of the roughly 21,131 titles and items of DLC that are on the "regular" version of Valve's service. This is due to the fact that games on Steam China need to be approved by the country's notoriously tough government approvals. Famously, there was a freeze on granting licenses to video games in 2018; at the start of 2020, we had a peak at what the approval process for launching in China was like thanks to Niko Partners.

It's likely going to be some time before the other 21,000-plus titles on Steam come to the Chinese version. As PC Gamer points out, hits that have helped Steam become more popular in China – like Playerunknown's Battlegrounds – are not present on the platform as is. 

Titles that have made the cut include Valve's own Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and MOBA Dota 2.

Steam China also lacks the platform's forums and community features, which is actually the case with regular Steam using a VPN in the country. User reviews are available, however.

In July 2018, Valve teamed up with Perfect World for Steam China. That year, it was estimated by Niko Partners that Steam's Chinese user base was higher than 30 million, roughly a fifth of the platform's total user base at the time.

Steam China launched in alpha in May of last year.

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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 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, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.