As I’m sure you’ll be delighted to find out, Tencent has launched the global early access version of its WeGame X games distribution platform. Intended as a direct competitor to the likes of Steam, WeGame X is an international version of popular Chinese gaming platform WeGame.
WeGame X is currently in a very embryonic stage, supporting just 17 Chinese-developed games in its current state. There are no non-Chinese games on the platform whatsoever at this point.
In truth, it looks as if Tencent is just testing out its global storefront and servers at this point, rather than presenting it as some sort of official launch for the platform. However, there’s nothing stopping users from downloading it and giving it a shot.
“WeGame X is a product WeGame is testing to serve its global users,” a Tencent representative told Abacus News. “We hope with the maturation of this product, we can bring more Chinese games overseas to cater to multiple gamer demographics.”
Tencent has its fingers in an awful lot of pies of course, including the Epic Store, League of Legends, Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, Path of Exile developer Grinding Gear Games, and Supercell. There’s scope there for Tencent to strongarm its way into having a competitive line-up of games, at least, but nothing suggests that at this point.
In terms of the here and now, there’s precious little reason to even check this out unless you’re interested in some of the unknown corners of Chinese gaming. Considering the overall sentiment around Tencent though, it’s going to take a monumental, seemingly insurmountable, effort in order to convince gamers to take WeGame X seriously. Launching a storefront in an early access version also feels a bit ludicrous, but we’ll see how it all pans out.
If you’re interested in just seeing what it’s about, you can grab WeGame X from here. It's all in Chinese by default, oddly, but if you can find your way to the settings then you can change it to English, as per the image below. Clearly, there's some work to be done in bringing this to an international audience.
Would you ever even consider buying a game through WeGame X? How can Tencent possibly begin to make this store a success in the West? Let us know your thoughts below!