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Valve is launching ‘Steam China’ later this year

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PC gaming mainstay ventures into a huge marketplace

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Valve Corp. and Perfect World Co. are collaborating to launch Steam China later this year.

Valve and Perfect World have been partners since 2012, when Perfect World acquired the licenses to launch Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, two titles tremendously important to the worldwide esports scene, in that country. Perfect World otherwise specializes in massively-multiplayer online games. The two companies said this latest collaboration is an extension of their their seven-year-old partnership.

A news release said that Valve and Perfect World “will collaborate closely to actively promote Steam’s launch, marketing and games lineup” in China.

No launch date for Steam China was announced.