China’s Tencent does own a stake in Epic Games and other game publishers but doesn’t mean that it can’t offer an international game store of its own. The company has launched a Hong Kong-based WeGame X service that’s available worldwide, including in English through a drop-down menu.
This is available through the web and as a dedicated client. It will be very familiar if you’ve used the Epic Games Store or other Steam-like services. However, right now it is not a threat to those services just yet since it is the new kid in town.
WeGame X is considered an Early Access service at the moment. There are only 17 titles to start with, most of them indies and few of them recognizable to non-Chinese gamers. My Time at Portia is the biggest name title for the global audience. You might see more prominent games very soon though. Tencent is advertising support from companies like Deep Silver (publisher of Metro and Yakuza titles), Hello Games (No Man’s Sky) and Larian Studios (the Divinity series). They are obviously working toward a larger presence. It might not threaten Epic at the moment, but it could be a viable alternative for some players. This will be interesting.
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