Steam Global appears to have been banned in China, in accordance to a report from TheGamer. Solely the Chinese version of Steam stays accessible in the nation, which presently affords a restricted library of just 103 games — a really small fraction of the over 110,000 games that Steam Global has at the moment of writing.
Dependable Fortnite leaker and information miner Ricky Owens (aka iFireMonkey) first observed the ban and tweeted out a screenshot of what appears to be Steam on a listing of blocked web sites in China. We tried to confirm this for ourselves utilizing Comparitech’s tool that checks whether or not a website is blocked in China. Upon coming into “retailer.steampowered.com,” into the location, the instrument signifies that Steam has been blocked in all components of the nation — as for “retailer.steamchina.com,” nonetheless, the instrument says the area continues to be accessible.
The ban leaves Chinese language players with entry to simply Steam China, which first launched in February of this 12 months. As well as to having far fewer video games — with the one mainstream titles being Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and Dota 2 — Steam China additionally comes with none neighborhood options, together with the Steam Workshop, Neighborhood Market, dialogue boards, and the exercise part that exhibits any present broadcasts from customers on Steam, latest screenshots from video games, community-made sport guides, and extra.
China’s obvious ban on Steam Global is a tough approach to finish a 12 months that the nation has spent cracking down on gaming. In July, Tencent rolled out a facial recognition technology that scans youngsters’ faces to hold them in compliance with the 10PM curfew that China set to forestall youngsters from gaming late at evening. Only one month later, China applied a brand new rule that restricts minors from playing games for greater than three hours per week. China later banned Fortnite, despite the fact that the sport was already closely modified to adjust to China’s strict guidelines.
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