Steam is finally coming to China but Chinese gamers don’t want it
Gamers fear Valve’s PC gaming platform will be heavily restricted in China
But that’s exactly why they fear the launch of Steam China, which is a joint venture between Valve and Chinese company Perfect World. Gamers worry that not only will Steam China be a heavily censored platform with a much smaller lineup of titles; worse yet, it might also be the trigger for the government to ban the global version of Steam.
Now gamers worry that the official version of Steam China -- which will presumably contain a much more limited subset of games, the ones that are approved for sale in China -- will mean that the government will shut off access to the global version.
Since new games can’t be published through other legitimate channels, more and more gamers and game publishers alike inside China turn to the global version of Steam.
Many netizens say that they are bleeding green blood following the news. Why green blood? Because blood and violence is censored in Chinese games, the color of blood in video games in China is often changed to green.