China’s government approval process has actually culled the platform.

Valve has actually officially launched a Chinese version of its Steam marketplace, however the offerings are slim, which is to be expected based on where it was launched.

Since its launch on Feb. 9, the platform just includes 53 games, including two of Valve’s most significant titles: CS: GO and Dota 2.

The factor for the Chinese variation of Steam only having actually 53 games compared to the more than 34,000 titles readily available throughout the other global platforms merely boils down to the country’s policies. Valve is restricted to selling video games that have actually passed through a difficult evaluation process and received a federal government license that shows the video game fulfills China’s media standards.

Many games will likely never ever see a main release in China since of those media standards, which take into consideration every aspect of a game’s content and how it might impact Chinese culture and the government’s stance on particular topics.

Valve, Activision Blizzard, and other big video game companies like Square Enix and Ubisoft have actually been making modifications to their video games for years, changing imagery and other elements of titles like CS: GO, Last Dream, and Rainbow Six Siege so they could make it into the Chinese market.

As anticipated, Steam China also eliminated many of the neighborhood features that have turned the platform into more than an easy market. Forums, the Workshop, the Broadcast tab, and more are completely excluded, with the only secret commenting function still available being User Reviews.

The majority of those community features were never offered on any variation of Steam accessible in China unless you had access to a VPN, according to PC Player.

As an entire, Steam China is running as a separate variation of the platform that will only include approved video games in the Chinese market. But normal Steam accounts will still work on the China and global variations, with video games being cross-buy as long as they’re readily available.

As market insider Daniel Ahmad points out, Chinese players can still easily access the global version of Steam. But with how China’s federal government has actually been punishing digital markets that offer unlicensed content, access may be formally obstructed quickly.