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    Valve and Perfect World have teamed up to create an official Steam App for beta release in China. How long until western Steam is out of the grey area and no longer accessible?
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    1. Aphrodite

      That's actually pretty clever rather than just switching off Steam now, but what's stopping the Chinese from bypassing "CCP's Firewall" with VPNs? They can't block all VPNs 😂

    2. manule danile

      I like how depending on the brand gaming products are made in china, but people form china basically aren't allowed use them. Its like buying a pack a cookies that are soggy you still have cookies but there watered-down.

    3. Vegan Gainer

      I skip every single ad.

    4. Timely

      3:18 I think it's for communist china reasons idk

    5. Sean Chua

      There's so many restrictions for China gamers, but apparently restricting them from using hacks is not on the list 😂

    6. mii car

      Coming to a Canada near you!!! Putting a church (and country) under siege is ok suddenly? if this kind of terrorist attack would have happened in another country, we would be up in arms about it! but since its in our own back yard, "i don't understand how they let that happen to their country"...well here is your answer!

    7. Bobby Fisher

      when ppl use "Ironic" but mean "sarcastic"

    8. Vládimir Sōryū

      I'm from Chile, I work in China, here all the people use VPN, isn't illegal, nobody cares about this shitty red Steam xd the people are much more free than the USA people think

    9. Ian Moore

      When your talking about vpns butyour sponsor isnt nord vpn lol

    10. Calum Sanderson

      "Thank you gay men"? Did I hear that right?

    11. Arcane Panda

      BRUHHHHHH! A..ARE THOSE DRAGON BALLS ON THE TABLE? i hope the table was made out of mahogany

    12. P M

      I am Commander Shepard and this is my favourite game on Steam.

    13. Ami Illustrator

      adult video unbanned, games banned. great.

    14. Frankie Davis

      Those damn pictures of microcenter stocked with gpus is so very deceiving. lol *coughs*reported*cough

    15. Tyler Brubaker

      ROBLOX China is typing...

    16. Stargazing STR

      Chinese gamers are pissed off literally every week by various new policies

    17. BigNoob_1351

      *Someone dies in China* Chinese government: "HIDE IT!"

      1. Jac ob Joe


    18. CalifornianKing

      “Linus Tech Tips mysteriously commits suicide and leaves a not about how much he loves the Chinese Communist Party”

    19. CptMatt

      i have alot more respect for you

    20. Bely Rodriguez Morales

      I strongly disagree with Valves's approach: creating a chinese communist party approved version of steam (which is the same as a censored and government supervised version) is just supporting censorship in order to get money from the chinese market. that is an american company doing political censorship to support a criminal regime. Bottom line is, as Linus said, Valve has no guarantee that it's chinese version of steam won't be banned in the future.

    21. InfernoLink347

      did anyone else see the dragon balls on the tabel 0_0 i want them where plz tell me

    22. WhyJordie

      Genuine question, could Chinese people just get a vpn and get regular steam and uncensored content? Or are vpns illegal too?

      1. hakime

        They are but they still use them to bypass the bs

    23. Olly 754

      “Trudeaus skills as a makeup artist” 😂

    24. Tammy Theriot

      The ethereal cause superiorly breathe because gauge relevantly correct unto a industrious blow. obtainable, dramatic slime

    25. Marshmelloz4205

      Damn linus what a micro center ad, that was great. "Free pair of headphones just walk in and get em" is the best offer I've ever gotten from a youtube video.

    26. Cruel Crusader

      this is exciting. i cant wait till trudaue sells canada to china and we get this. . . . .

    27. CensoredByJack

      I litterally asked "did nancy pelosi just have a stroke" and i got banned off twitter for 7 days

      1. Jay Faraday


    28. Devinbroseph

      Based linus

    29. Ella


    30. verm

      And if you're ever going to china, don't bother with any of the yt promoted VPN's, they won't work, or they'll work very poorly. Get Astrill.

    31. Sappy Ser

      link to ltt's bilibili page?

    32. Sappy Ser

      for what i know the id upon signing up an account or any game account in china is to track player and mainly to avoid cyber bullying or something trolls related. or something country censorship related.

    33. Sappy Ser

      currently living in china and i never knew linus had a bilibili account lel

      1. saber marry

        Linus‘s bilibili account just has around 800 thousand subscribe, and many videos can't be seen(like this one). so... yeah.

    34. yo bright

      I don't think he realizes that you need a verification from the government just to use a vpn in China....

    35. Momo

      Linus is getting into politics?

    36. Siegmund Gehrke

      Can't they just change the I.P address and download the original games..?

    37. Adam Zavalil

      Finaly remembered, this is like the new South Park episode when they wanted to make metal band

    38. tenforce

      Free Hong Kong

    39. Mike G

      American companies do the same thing here -- it's just that you're ok with it because they belong to a different political party. There's nothing worse than being lectured about censorship from someone on the left, the people that created cancel culture and push "hate speech" legislation. Who defines what hate is? Only people with absolute power: authoritarians. Cancel culture is a grass roots authoritarian movement, as hilarious as that is to say and you're treading in extremely dangerous waters once the government realizes that a large percentage of people are OK with that type of legislation. Canada is already doing this. The UK follows -- god have mercy on us if the United States mindless drones push legislation like this into the books.

    40. Chubbyinnit

      I lowkey want that red steam logo

    41. Kunwoo Dodd

      In China "gray area" just means, "Act first, ask for forgiveness later."

    42. Almahnak12

      *how much censorship do you want?* Chine: *yes*

    43. Connor King

      The red steam logo is probably so you can tell them apart if you have both installed.

      1. Mr. Blank

        nah its just communism

    44. Haotian Wu

      VPN isn't a viable option as the connection stability is not good in China. At least 90% of VPN users in China don't get stable signal to game with a vpn on.

    45. Som Gears


    46. Kale H

      Really hope IPv6 will give a dam punch to the great wall.

    47. Mi Hiro


    48. mark dennis

      At least we didn't have to suffer steam attempts trying to appease the ccp.

    49. Oliver Maddison

      china is a human rights abomination

    50. 侯本玉

      I am a Chinese player, but I hate the government's attack on the game and modify, I need VPN

    51. Sam The Sus Lord

      So Chinese steam is pretty much an overprotective mom

    52. Nikos Mouratidis

      Criticizing China from abroad without knowing anything about the culture and relying on your perception of it through western media outlets might be easy, but fundamentally flawed. You might be surprised if you knew how the average gamer in Xian sees your videos, reviewing and commenting on stuff from a western perspective. Maybe you'd be surprised about how many people (and remember, 1 in 4 people on this planet are Chinese) do not share the opinions you often share about innovation being the pinnacle of civilization and how competition is so good for the people. No worries though... Something tells me that soon enough the western world will take some much needed, although very abrupt lessons on the Chinese culture. In the meantime, you live in a free country so you can keep arresting Huawei officials as spies, support the oppressed Hong Kong & Xinjiang people and play Battlefield 4. After all, isn't that what we live for? I hope you sold some jackets with this video and you didn't jump on board the "let's blame China for everything" boat for nothing.

    53. M g

      I want them dragon balls

    54. 胡棹川

      I am a Chinese player, but I am not unable to access the Steam international version now, and no one is using the Steam Chinese version. We have something called an accelerator here. You can access the Steam community even in China, so even if you really put Steam The international version is banned, and people can still use the Steam international version. Also, it is illegal to invest and build a VPN in China...


      6:18 (laughs while i made a chinese dude anti communist by using gta 5 chat xd)

    56. 妮囡囝囿团

      cause this ,IM turn my area in Russia。 18+games was baned in China area

    57. M B A

      lolll the credits for writer and editor say "not linus" lmaoooo

    58. Sable

      China can have concentration camps, but ohhh blood and bones NO!

    59. Wee Mad Max B

      WAIT... China is Communist?

      1. Euronjuusto999


    60. Abhishek

      What u doing mam! Pissin off Pooh Bear ?

    61. Yargis Sigrius

      "NO opposing opinions allowed on the constitution of the People's Republic of China." I don't know what's funnier, China calling their country the "People's republic" or telling their people that they're a republic while forbidding them from having any dissent on the government. China is just an oxymoron in its entirety.

    62. Providencez

      Chinese steam? Oh please. It's China steam. There are tons of chinese outside of CHINA for generations and im not talking about China born chinese. It makes me feel like Singapore, Malaysia belongs to China. Right... Westerners typically thinks Asian = China.

    63. Tehn00bA

      Aren't games similarly censored (at least violence and nazi related wise) in Germany?

    64. cc11

      7:44 This could be a wider analogy of sorts

    65. cc11

      Those timers for children are horrible. The government shouldn't be your parent, your parents should be.

    66. cc11

      Linus didn't kill himself.

    67. cc11

      This will be the norm in 15 years. There are simply too many people in places where mandatory censorship and tracking of citizens' activity, namely India and China, is currently the status-quo. There are also too few people in the west who care enough to use their collective power to 'vote with their wallets' when it comes to private compliance with government censorship, and politically fight for their rights to privacy and anonymity.

    68. Rawb Edz

      Speaking of boiling the frog, I think the US will probably look a lot like China sooner than later considering gen z seems to actually want to be boiled given the popularity of cancel culture.

    69. PeatonTV

      let's talk about why Chinese shadowlands doesn't have covenant XD

    70. Dilip Suthar

      So they eat bats,dogs,pengolins and every thing they can find but censors bones and skeletons.🤷‍♂️

    71. Born Again Skeptic

      More like "Chinese Fascist Party"

    72. leo holy

      As a Game Design student study abroad from Mainland China, yeah, when talking about video games China is so different from other regions due to some.....well, you can guess, this topic can write a book to explain the whole thing. Sorry for the Chinese comment below that keeps arguing something ,it s stupid anyway, lol , what a shame,真几把丢人, 啥视频下面都能吵起来,一帮傻b...

    73. Bashar

      Paint everything red, they forgot the background of steam store.

    74. private channel

      why everyday there is a new VPN service

    75. Hufinn Puff

      A US communists dream come true.

    76. LLQ

      Linus, you are only free to talk trash about China. I dare you to publically take a pro-China stance and see how long you survive in Canadian politics.

    77. TheWagsjr

      Everyone agree haha funny but actually evil right? Block the community section? Talk about brainwashing...

    78. Randall Bruhh

      Yo Linus go on the ADV China Podcast

    79. 1spyky /

      living in China here。in fact ,no one using steam Chinese version。and we would jeer it。 there is no rating system in mainland China ,so all games would be all ages。 but real steam is good,also we get hk、macao&tw,is convenient more than u guys think this video's sponsor is a VPN service

    80. 郭嘉芃


    81. Jovert Staneck

      Lmao.. I literally know that i've already subscribed to your channel long ago and it didn't :3 I just do it right now. Shame on me.

    82. Mini Scout Gaming

      Percentage of viewership on this video 20% Canada 60% USA 10% UK 10% other *0% China*

    83. Christina Carroll

      steam in china just took most things so its now. -EAM

    84. Zephaniah Wang

      I'm a Chinese HOI4 player. HOI4 is banned in China because of their attitude about Tebet. There's no choice for me.

    85. smileandlaughs

      I like how transparent and direct you on Chinese regulation and don't discriminate Chinese products.

    86. Jake A PC Guy

      Good luck posting this vid on BiliBili.

    87. Jay Antiwoke

      I can’t believe they made their logo red to match the color of Communism, I bet the communist party applauded that!

    88. Doom Slayer

      Wooow a whole 50 games. Suffocate in a vat of fentanyl, Winnie the Pooh.

    89. someb0dy2

      I wonder if this video is enough for you to be either blacklisted or watched if you visit China / HK in the future. We live in interesting times :)

    90. Riolupai

      Is the link to Chinese Steam steamcommunity . cn?

    91. Retard Gamer

      Me: (who is not chinese) 50 games? So you are meaning to say that I downloaded steam for 50 games. With over half of them requiring money to play? Chinese Government : ***Y E S***

    92. Y Qisq

      Damn they better not ban Steam. Also, anyone who attempts to use Steam to ferment unrest in China should stop you are not helping. We don't want it we just want to play games. Voice your opinion through other channels please.

    93. Y Qisq

      China needs a rating system which is non-existent atm.

    94. Y Qisq

      Hotline Miami 2 is banned and inaccessesible in Australia so... you have to fight against censorship no matter what government it is.

    95. Y Qisq

      Oh well America routinely censors, modifies, and butchers Japanese anime... it's the kind of dumb shit we all hate.

    96. Y Qisq

      Look you DEFINITELY want to sign up with your phone number lol that's like the best way to prevent your account getting hacked in China. Also it's a way to make sure peopel living outside China can't access it.

    97. Y Qisq

      There will be ourage if China blocks Steam and I don't think there is a need to when Valve is willing to coorperate with the Chinese government.

    98. Y Qisq

      Oh well there are tunnels originally intended for reducing ping but now double as a way to access Steam community...

    99. Y Qisq

      Stop there! You will ruin it! Now everyone is going to know that you can get most games with half the price on Chinese Steam (that's before any discount is applied)

    100. 专业吃瓜人