One June 12, Chinese game company Perfect World announced to partner with Valve, the parent company of the world’s largest game distribution platform Steam, to launch Steam China. According to local media PingWest, in a letter responding to Chongqing-based game studio Pathea (帕斯亚科技) today, Valve said Chinese players can still log in to Steam’s international site. Steam China, as replied, would be just another application.

The letter also clarified that games available on Steam China would be those appoved by Chinese governmental content supervisors. Steam members can access the site with existing accounts.

Like many Chinese players and developers, Pathea studio was worried that the launch of Steam China will keep Chinese players away from the international site. Chinese government is now highly aware of Steam’s influence, and the booming gaming industry in China accelerates administrative actions.

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Runhua Zhao

Runhua Zhao is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Connect with her via email: runhuazhao@technode.com