PC gaming in China, PAYDAY 2 resuming production, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com, for Monday, October 28th. We’ve got lots of news from the weekend, let’s get into it.

The state of PC gaming in China

An incredible article is coming our way from Chris Tapsell of Eurogamer, and he pretty much outlines the PC gaming climate in China right now. There’s a lot here that I’m learning for the first time and wanted to share with you. So there’s no doubt that China is the biggest market in the industry, especially on PC where they account for more than half of global revenue. But we also know that there is a great deal of censorship in the country, and they even have committees that need to approve each individual game that wants to be sold. So how do we then have an estimated 630 million gamers from just that region? Weirdly, the government is kind of just…turning a blind eye. A vanilla version of Steam is openly downloadable, with all the games available, the only thing blocked is the community section. This has made Steam insanely popular, especially thanks to that approval process. It’s a similar situation with physical games – grey market storefronts exist and don’t seem to get into trouble even though its against the law. All of this brings up the interesting topic of Steam China, which was announced by Valve last year. This is a dedicated, officially sanctioned version of Steam for the Chinese market, which appears to be much more censored. There’s basically no information anybody can find out, and most people are saying that they’re just making the move so that they don’t get on the wrong side of politics. Anyway, I’ll wrap it up with this “All in all, video games’ story in China has been one of awkward, undeniably market-altering regulation, but also one of questionable actual effect. The stated intention behind it all is that, from damaged eyes to weakened morals, games may harm citizens of China in a variety of ways, and so they must be strictly regulated to bring that hazardous slide to a halt. But the end result is almost the opposite: a distorted, unregulated market, where anyone of any age with a credit card can buy just about any game on Steam, or Taobao, or at a department store down the road, with little trouble.”

PAYDAY 2 will resume content updates from Starbreeze

To those of you still playing PAYDAY 2, Starbreeze has just announced that they will be restarting production on the game while they worked on the third one. They’re still in a sticky situation as they reconstruct the company, but it looks like this might be a new solid source of income for them.

EA likely returning to Steam

It’s all but confirmed that EA is going to be returning to Steam some time soon. They launched Origin close to 8 years ago now, which has been the host to every first party title ever since. Well, with games like Star Wars Jedi coming up, they may just be looking for that extra revenue source. It’s appearing as though you’ll still need Origin to play the games.

Crawl developers announce their newest game The Drifter

Powerhoof, the developers of the competitive multiplayer roguelike Crawl has just announced their newest game called The Drifter. It’s a point and click adventure with a film noir setting, all about a guy who has been framed for murder trying to clear his name. Not a lot of details right now but it looks super interesting, peep the trailer!

That’s the news for today. A big thanks to Karam for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon, I will be back tomorrow, as I am every day, and until then…Happy Gaming everyone.