August 2, 2019 / 5:43 AM / 17 days ago

Tencent, Nintendo to localize Switch games for China

Visitors are seen at a booth of Nintendo Switch at the China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference, also known as ChinaJoy, in Shanghai, China August 2, 2019. REUTERS/Pei Li

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Tencent and Nintendo said on Friday they were working together to localize the Japanese gaming firm’s well-known Switch games for the Chinese market and set up a server through the Chinese company’s cloud service.

The two companies made the comments in a statement posted on their joint Weibo account, which did not mention when the console might be launched in China or its price.

Chinese tech giant Tencent won a key approval in April to start selling the Nintendo Switch in China, paving the way for the console to enter the world’s largest video games market two years after it was first released worldwide.

Tencent would also offer the WeChat Pay payment option on Nintendo’s e-store and provide assistance in setting up offline purchase channels, the statement said.

The need to navigate complex regulations and the search for a Chinese partner have hampered Nintendo’s efforts to bring its hybrid home-portable Switch console to China, holding back the development of console gaming there.

The games on Switch, like other games in China, are expected to still be subject to the country’s multi-layered approval procedure to win a license to monetize the games through in-app purchases for tools or features.

The companies did not provide further details on what games they planned to bring to China.

Reporting by Pei Li and Brenda Goh; Editing by Himani Sarkar and Stephen Coates

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