Tencent has made a version of its WeGame gaming platform available worldwide. An English-language website and a client have appeared under the name WeGame X. It is a test and for now, there are only 22 games available.
Tencent itself has not publicized the English-language version of its game platform. A spokesperson for Tencent states that this is a test and that Tencent will be bringing Chinese games to more markets in the future through WeGame X.
The WeGame X client has an Early Access label and there are 22 games in the download store at the time of writing. These are small titles and a number of Chinese games. The website, which is hosted in Hong Kong, states that players can access games from Deep Silver, Larian Studios and Hello Games through the platform. This is currently not the case.
WeGame is a well-known gaming platform in China with many users. Steam is officially unavailable in the country and the Chinese government censors many games. Because of that censorship, there are few games on the Chinese version of WeGame, that would be around 170. A developer explained to Gamasutra last year about how difficult it is to get a game on WeGame . This may become easier for the international version.
WeGame has existed in China since April 2017 and it is a further development of the Tencent Games Platform, which according to Wikipedia has more than two hundred million users. There are many free-to-play games on the platform that are popular in China. Tencent is also the operator of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in China and it owns Riot Games, the creator of League of Legends.
Tencent is one of the world’s largest technology companies and has a current market value of around 412 billion euros. The company is already indirectly active in the global market for gamers with the Epic Games Store. Tencent holds 40 percent of the shares in Epic Games. Tencent also has a minority interest in Activision Blizzard. The Chinese giant is also the creator of chat service WeChat, which has around one billion users worldwide.