Can Tencent’s gaming platform rival Steam?
WeGame confirms it will host Monster Hunter: World PC
Why would anyone outside China consider buying games from WeGame, which is effectively Tencent’s version of Steam?
Up until last week, there was no good reason. First, you can’t access WeGame outside China. Second, getting games from Valve’s Steam has been just fine.
WeGame dropped this bombshell on Saturday as it celebrated its first anniversary and showcased a bunch of new games that will be coming to the platform.
“We will use this platform to bring more Chinese games to the global market,” a Tencent spokesman said.
Fortnite is now open for registration on WeGame. A promo video suggests it will be out on July 24.
While most of these games are already available in the West, there’s one exception: NBA 2K Online 2.
If you’re tired of having to buy a new NBA 2K game every year, Tencent’s version could be an alternative. But mind you, it’s pay-to-win -- and it’s only in Chinese for now.
Here's Tencent's video teasing WeGame's upcoming blockbuster games.
UPDATE (July 10, 2018): Capcom just announced that MHW PC will be available on Steam on August 9 and WeGame on August 10. On Steam, MHW PC will cost US$59.99 in the US, and 308 yuan (US$47) in China. The price on WeGame will be 299.9 yuan (US$45).