Steam is now officially (and finally) available in China but unlike its other regional or global versions, the Chinese variation is almost without video games.

Checking out the shop confirms that Steam China includes only about 3 dozen video games or 41 to be exact. Adding software application and DLC helps boost that number however just to reach a meager overall of 51 shop listings.

The international version of Steam in comparison functions about 50,000 games which goes on to reach an overall of around 90,000 listings when including software, DLC, or other non-game items.

Something else to note is that besides Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2, international gamers are hardly going to acknowledge the other video games on the market. This is not saying that these same games are not offered on the other Steam versions however that every other mainstream game is missing out on.

The barebones scenario may change later considering that the Chinese version just offers video games that have actually been managed or accredited by the Chinese government. Steam China for this reason produces an unconvincing argument for Chinese players to switch to the main platform. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, a highly popular multiplayer game which assisted popularize Steam in China in the very first location, is yet to even make it.

All of the neighborhood features such as guides, message boards, broadcasts, marketplace, and workshop are likewise missing out on from the Chinese variation of Steam. The Chinese variation further varies by merging both the regional and worldwide evaluations into a single swimming pool. While that might not be too troublesome, Chinese gamers may be much better suited to discover what other locals are stating about a game.

Steam China in its existing state is quite frustrating. The regional population may potentially not even feel the requirement of changing simply to play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2. That is unless the Chinese government chooses to prohibit the worldwide version entirely.