The Chinese version of Steam will start on February 9th – but initially for an open beta. Chinese players who have played the Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive games, which are very popular in China, must create a new account.

China is getting its own Steam version

The new account does not mean that the players have to start over and lose all their progress. As Daniel Ahmad, analyst at Niko Partners, explains. Will the progress in both games be carried over to the Chinese version of Steam? This also applies to (almost) all purchases made for the previous account. A new account is necessary, but the transition should then take place seamlessly.

But there is one limitation here. Not all games available through the international version of Steam will be available through the Chinese version. So it is conceivable that some players will not find all the titles that they have played on Steam so far in their Chinese version. Every game that is offered via the platform must first be approved by the Chinese authorities. Daniel Ahmad further explains that it is not known whether and for how long the international Steam version will continue to be available in China as soon as the own version is officially launched. Initially, the players should be able to switch between the versions, but that could still change.

Valve has decided to offer a Chinese version of Steam in order to gain a foothold in the Chinese market. This is easier with the special version of the platform. This is operated by Perfect World, with whom Valve has had a partnership for many years.

Source: VG247

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