Steam China received the green light from the Shanghai government Wednesday when it signed an agreement with Valve in collaboration with Perfect World.
The agreement will allow Perfect World, a Shanghai-based company Valve previously worked with, to distribute local versions of Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive — to operate Steam in China. According to reporting by The Verge, the partnership will function similarly to that between Blizzard and NetEase, which operates Battle.net in China.
Valve, in collaboration with Perfect World, officially signed today an agreement with Shanghai’s government to launch Steam China pic.twitter.com/KvwtMyaEDd— Nors3 (@Nors3) November 28, 2018
Many details of the agreement remain unknown, but at the very least the deal should make Steam an officially accessible platform for Chinese users. In the past, parts of Steam's have been blocked by the government. Wednesday's deal should see an end to that.
The next Dota 2 Major, announced Nov. 5, is set to take place in Chongqing, China. All the teams invited to the event were announced Nov. 10, with the remainder to earn spots through qualifying tournaments.
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