Steam Global appears to have been banned in China, in accordance to a report from TheGamer. Only the Chinese version of Steam stays accessible in the nation, which presently presents a restricted library of simply 103 video games — a really small fraction of the over 110,000 video games that Steam Global has presently of writing.
Reliable Fortnite leaker and information miner Ricky Owens (aka iFireMonkey) first seen the ban and tweeted out a screenshot of what appears to be Steam on an inventory of blocked web sites in China. We tried to confirm this for ourselves utilizing Comparitech’s software that checks whether or not a web site is blocked in China. Upon coming into “store.steampowered.com,” into the positioning, the software signifies that Steam has been blocked in all elements of the nation — as for “store.steamchina.com,” nonetheless, the software says the area remains to be obtainable.
The ban leaves Chinese players with entry to simply Steam China, which first launched in February of this yr. In addition 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, Community Market, dialogue boards, and the exercise part that exhibits any present broadcasts from customers on Steam, current screenshots from video games, community-made sport guides, and extra.
China’s obvious ban on Steam Global is a tough approach to finish a yr that the nation has spent cracking down on gaming. In July, Tencent rolled out a facial recognition expertise that scans youngsters’ faces to hold them in compliance with the 10PM curfew that China set to forestall youngsters from gaming late at evening. Just one month later, China carried out a brand new rule that restricts minors from enjoying video 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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