Tencent’s Rebranded WeGame X Gaming Platform Launches Worldwide

Tencent's Rebranded WeGame X Gaming Platform Launches Worldwide

Tencent’s Rebranded WeGame X Gaming Platform Launches Worldwide

In recent years, Tencent has become a dirty word amongst many gamers, with the Chinese giant holding stakes in Activision-Blizzard, Ubisoft and a whopping 40% stake in Epic Games. On top of this, the company also owns Riot Games outright, making the lesser known company one of the biggest names in gaming. 

Before now, Tencent’s gaming platform, which was recently rebranded to become WeGame X, was only available in China, but now the service has opened itself to a worldwide audience through servers in Hong Kong.  

At the time of writing, the service is in “Early Access” and only hosts 17 games, which for the most part are Chinese indie titles. The company also lists big names like Deep Silver, Hello Games and Larain Studios on the service’s website. 

Given the storefront’s early state, small game selection and other factors, it is unlikely that we will see WeGame X become a viable competitor to the likes of Steam in the near future, though it is worth noting that the platform does feature user reviews, cloud saves and offline modes for some titles. One major downside of the platform is that many of its games are not localised for western audiences.  

  

Tencent's Rebranded WeGame X Gaming Platform Launches Worldwide  

Tencent has been the subject of a lot of controversy in recent years due to their rapid expansion and ongoing allegations that the company is linked to the Chinese government. This is n turn has made many gamers wary of getting involved with their subsidiaries.

This fear has also been extended to the Epic Games Store due to Tencent’s 40% stake in the company, though Epic Games’ CEO Tim Sweeney has stated that “All of Epic’s big decisions are made here in the USA and as CEO I’m 100% responsible for them.” On top of this, Sweeney has stated that he has not regretted allowing Tencent to invest in Epic Games, despite “recent anti-China rage” from gamers. 

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