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Perfect World and Valve announce Steam China

Perfect World and Valve announce Steam China

Valve is officially bringing Steam to China with the help of game and movie company Perfect World, it announced Monday.

Xiao, Perfect World's CEO, says the company will introduce more games to China through Steam China, "providing quality content and improving the experience for both gamers and developers".

The chat platform lets you compile a friends list (with features like favorites and group chats) and shows what game everyone is playing. While in that mode, you can see your friends (and enemies) and chat just like normal, without so many people chatting at you that you spill your tea into your lap.

Steam voice chat was rewritten from the ground up with a new WebRTC-based backend.

Valve has built a fancy new page that describes all the new features, which can be found here.

Chat makes it easy now to add friends to group chats and these chats even persist across Steam sessions so that they become available whenever you sign in to Steam on supported devices.

Video game stories from other sites on the web. No bones about it: Steam's new persistent group chats are basically Discord.

In-line images, video, tweets, audio, and other media can now be shared in the chat client, and you'll be able to share trade offer links as well. As a result, voice chat uses high-quality Opus encoding, voice traffic is encrypted, and all traffic is sent through Steam servers rather than directly to peers.

All features of the client are available in a desktop version, as well, meaning users may continue conversations after having logged out of the Steam client.

This Steam Chat update looks a lot like Discord, another gaming-centric chat platform which has been called the "Slack for gamers."

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