Tencent has released an app in China which streams PC games to mobile phones.
The Chinese games giant’s latest service joins similar ones from Microsoft, Sony and Valve, and further demonstrates the games industry’s growing obsession with game-streaming. The Tencent streaming app’s existence was revealed by Niko Partners’ senior analyst Daniel Ahmad on Twitter.
Ahmad said: “Tencent has introduced a new mobile streaming app for its WeGame PC game platform. You download the app to your phone, connect to the same Wi-Fi network as your PC, and then can stream your library of games to your phone. Currently supports League of Legends only, more soon.” For those unfamiliar with Tencent’s operations, WeGame is its equivalent of Steam. It has also emerged that the (as yet unnamed) app will also run League of Legends’ Teamfight Tactics.
Currently, Tencent’s mobile streaming app is only available in China, whereas the company’s rival major games industry players intend to cover the rest of the world with their mobile streaming services. Microsoft will offer streaming to mobiles via its Project xCloud, which it will begin to roll out in October 2019.
PlayStation 4 owners can already stream games to mobiles via Sony’s Remote Play app, and Valve’s similar SteamLink app is also available for download to mobile devices, although it requires the purchase of a Steam Controller.
The arrival of Tencent’s mobile streaming app, coming after the announcement of Google Stadia, along with Bethesda Softworks’ recent announcement that it intends to launch a service called Orion and the news that Square Enix is considering a similar service further adds to the sense that the game-streaming market, despite being in its infancy, is already in danger of becoming dangerously crowded.
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