WeGame

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WeGame is the flagship gaming platform of the Chinese company Tencent.

In April 2017, Tencent unveiled WeGame which will host games, content, and services from all over the world and will provide gaming info, purchases, downloads, live streaming and community services, creating an open ecosystem for gaming. WeGame is an upgraded version of TGP (Tencent Games Platform) that already has more than 200 million active users (compared to Steam's 125 million) and over 4.5 billion downloads, and is widely considered as a direct competitor to Steam. It will be dedicated to both global developers and players, and will assist developers who require help with translation. The gaming platform will support both Chinese and global users through a single storefront and is due to go online on 1 September 2017, Tencent has stated that the platform will focus on PC and standalone games and will no longer host web or mobile games, and will provide support to small and indie companies. Aside from mainstream games, the company has promised to also launch titles which include Stardew Valley, Rocket League, Portal Knights, Minecraft, Cities: Skylines, with 170 games promised by the end of 2017. There are expectations that WeGame will grow huge and successful globally with its new focus on Western users, combined with the massive buying power of today's Asian consumers.[1][2][3][4][4][5]

In April 2019, Tencent launched the game distribution platform WeGame X for selling games internationally.[6]

In February 2020, WeGame had an estimated 70 million monthly active users.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tencent's WeGame gaming platform goes online September 1st". TechNode. 18 August 2017. Archived from the original on 21 August 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  2. ^ Hall, Charlie (17 April 2017). "Steam has a massive new competitor". Polygon. Archived from the original on 29 August 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Tencent to launch global digital games platform to rival Steam, called WeGame". PCGamesN. Archived from the original on 1 September 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b "How Tencent's WeGame is changing to compete with Steam in China". VentureBeat. 18 May 2017. Archived from the original on 1 September 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Chinese gaming giant Tencent is rebranding its digital store as 'WeGame'". pcgamer. Archived from the original on 1 September 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  6. ^ Nesterenko, Oleg (April 8, 2019). "WeGame X is Out Globally: Tencent Launches the International Version of its Chinese Storefront". Game World Observer. Retrieved April 27, 2020.
  7. ^ "Tencent offers two-hour free trial for 55 PC games amid coronavirus outbreak". South China Morning Post. February 13, 2020. Retrieved April 27, 2020.

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