Valve’s presence in China can be considered an interesting long story, especially in the past few months. Although the global version of Steam has been available in the world’s most populous country for quite some time, it has yet to be “approved” by the government. This means that the platform can be “whispered” at any time.
In a move that “takes a head start”, Valve has boldly released a Steam version of “China”, approved by the Chinese government to operate legally. But to be fair, this version of Steam China is really bad. The entire library offers only 100 games, instead of 110,000 like the international version. These are all games that have been approved by the Chinese government and comply with a series of strict regulations of the country, such as no blood, no gambling and of course no 18+. Not stopping there, Steam China doesn’t even offer any social features. Includes Steam Workshop, Community Market, discussion forum and activity section showing any current broadcasts from users on Steam, recent screenshots from the game, community-created game guides, etc…
Back to the story of the international Steam version in China. Whatever it is, this version of Steam has just been officially blacklisted in China and is no longer accessible, as reported by thousands of users on Reddit, Twitter, and other platforms. other social media. This applies to both the Steam client and the Steam Community site. The “domestic” version of Steam is still available as usual.
In simple terms, the Steam version that is being banned in China is the international version. While this market-specific Steam China “variant” is still active. Fortunately for millions of gamers in China, the country’s hugely popular Steam titles, such as CS: GO and Dota 2, are still functioning. However, for some other popular games, the banning of Steam Global will result in a large loss of players.
At the moment, it is not possible to confirm exactly what the actual root cause of the problem is. While the majority seem to agree that China has blocked the global version of Steam, there are other reports of users still being able to access it without any problems. Meanwhile, there are some suggestions that this could be a DNS Cache Poisoning attack.
The Chinese government, for its part, has yet to comment. However, this is most likely a move by the country’s authorities in a plan to reduce gaming activities. Earlier in July, Tencent launched a facial recognition technology to help gamers comply with China’s 10pm curfew to limit children playing games late at night.