A couple of days ago, information appeared on the Web that the global version of the Steam playground was blocked in China. However, over the past few days, new data has emerged.
So, it all started with the fact that on the morning of December 25, gamers began to report that the regular version of Steam in China is no longer working. Allegedly, all platform domains were blacklisted, which is formed by the relevant state body of the country.
However, after a while, new details began to appear. Firstly, some users have noticed that Steam still loads, it just takes a few minutes. News began to appear that the site had become inaccessible not because of a blockage, but because of a DNS attack. This version is also supported by the fact that, as it turned out, the site steampowered.com has been on the list of blocked by the relevant regulator for many years, but there was no official blocking all this time.
But there is another opinion, according to which, the practically non-working Steam now is still the work of the government regulator, since the TLS handshake between the Steam and Epic Games domains leads to the fact that the latter is also disrupted.
As a result, the situation remains unclear, and Valve itself does not comment on it in any way. In general, Valve, apparently, has long been preparing to block the global version of Steam in China, since at the beginning of the year the company launched the Chinese version of the site. True, in almost a year only a little more than 100 games gathered there, since each must first be approved by a special state body. Recently, China has been pursuing a fairly active policy aimed at strict regulation of the gaming sphere, including tangible restrictions for children.