Millions of gamers in China will be taking to VPNs in order to gain access to some of their favorite games now that the country has wrapped a noose around Steam’s global platform on Christmas day. Part of the country’s continued attempts to heavily limit which games children have access to and how often they should be playing them.
China has blocked access to Steam’s main services leaving only Steam China available to its citizens. This cuts off many thousands of games that are available on the platform that won’t be getting sales (legitimately) from the country. Leaving just over 100 games, mostly Chinese developers, left for its citizens to choose from.
This will be a huge blow to indie developers and major companies alike looking to make a profit from the huge population of gamers within China. Some of which see some of their biggest profits within the country.
It’s hard to believe that a country would take such strong action against its people. Let it be an attempt to control people (or the gaming industry), control the flow of profit, or to actually show concern over gaming addiction as the country claims. These are some incredibly extreme moves being made against the industry and those looking for a recreational escape.