In a recent article, we discussed the DNS attack that knocked out Steam in China. But what exactly is the future of Steam in China? And why won’t Chinese games land on Steam? We also examined the future of Dota 2 and CS: GO. This article aims to answer all of these questions. So, what should you expect from Steam in China? And what will make it better? What features should you expect from Steam in China?
Steam’s outage in China was a DNS attack
The outage of Steam’s global website in China was caused by a DNS attack, an unknown party says. The attackers were attempting to disrupt the Steam service by rerouting users to malicious websites. Those who were trying to access the game were able to do so after a few hours, but the attack was so severe that it blocked access for Chinese users. While this outage was caused by a DNS attack, it’s still possible to use Steam in China.
While the Chinese government did not officially ban Steam, many gamers and developers in the country are concerned that the service has been blocked by the government. Regardless of the cause, many believe that a DNS attack has been blamed for the problem. Valve hasn’t commented on the matter. However, the incident is a reminder to everyone that China’s government has not banned Steam. Nonetheless, the outage in China has made it harder for Chinese gamers to play their favourite games.
Steam’s future in China
The future of Steam’s global client in China is in doubt. China has been cracking down on the company, and certain Steam community features are blocked by the government. However, Steam users are still able to play and purchase games in the country. As a result, developers are bracing for the worst. Moreover, Steam China’s beta will start on February 9, with Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in the mix. However, a more complete list is expected soon.
In addition to preventing local developers from monetizing their games, Steam China might also give local developers a chance to get their games highlighted globally. Valve said that the company would not intend to make Steam China’s games exclusive, but rather release them to the global client. If these new games are popular in China, they may have even more potential to gain international recognition. If this happens, Steam China could help local developers gain more traction in the Chinese market.
CS: GO and Dota 2 will launch on Steam China
Chinese CS: GO and Dota 2 websites have updated their login pages to support the new Chinese Steam platform. Rather than using the same username and password used on Steam, Chinese players can now log into Steam China using their original Steam credentials. To switch accounts, players must use their real names in order to verify their identities. Wallet balances and CS: GO inventories will not be affected by the switch. The games will continue to be available on Steam’s global client, so the migration is not an issue.
The announcement of Steam China Theverge may be a huge shift for gaming in China. The international version of Steam has been available in the country for years, but this is the first time the game’s official release will go live in the country. According to Daniel Ahmad, an analyst at the National Association of Press and Publication (NAP), China’s censorship agency, Steam must go through a rigorous censorship process to ensure that no content is inappropriate for children.
Chinese games will not be able to land on Steam China
It is unclear when the Chinese version of Steam will return to the global site, but the possibility of games from China landing on the global version is still there. As a developer outside of China, this is a significant concern. After all, the Chinese market is a substantial portion of global video game sales. Indeed, many Western indies have noted that up to 30% of their revenues come from Chinese players.
While the ban is a false alarm, the move does raise questions about why China would block a video game storefront. Steam is an all-digital PC game storefront owned by Bellevue, Wash.-based Valve Software. If China banned Steam, Chinese internet service providers would be required to block it, which would effectively kill China’s independent game development community.