What simply taken place? This week saw the long-awaited public launch of Steam China, a version of Valve’s platform created particularly for the country and its stringent guidelines for which games get government approval. While it provides Chinese users their own servers to play on, only 53 video games are available and none of the typical neighborhood features.

Valve has spent years working on Steam China with Chinese publisher Perfect World, the business behind Residue: From the Ashes. While the international variation of Steam is readily available in the nation, and accessible without a VPN, a lot of the neighborhood functions aren’t quickly available, reports PC Gamer.

Nearly all the video games on Steam’s global variation aren’t compliant with China’s media regulations, making its existence lawfully doubtful in the nation. With the China-specific variation, every video game has been licensed by the Chinese government– all 53 of them. The standard variation of Steam, for contrast, has 21,131 games and DLC.

Some of the titles on Steam China consist of Valve classics Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2. Helpfully, global Steam accounts can be moved to Steam China, consisting of wallet balances and any of the acquired video games enabled in the nation. Furthermore, any video games bought on Steam China will work on the worldwide variation.

Neighborhood features including the Steam Workshop, online forums, neighborhood pages, and guides are missing from Steam China, though reviews, drawn from both Steam versions, stay.

While both versions of Steam currently work in China, there’s issue that the global one will ultimately sign up with China’s long list of obstructed western web services. Such a relocation would be ravaging for gamers and developers, the latter of which typically wait years to be given a government license.

In addition to Steam, Chinese gamers will quickly have the ability to buy a PlayStation 5 in the country, assuming the scarcities ease. China lastly permitted the manufacture and sale of computer game consoles back in 2015 following a 14-year restriction.

Steam is seeing record user numbers right now. Previously today, an all-time high of 26.4 million individuals connected to the service, breaking a record set last month.