Speak to any developer with ambition in the west, and they’ll tell you one of their aims is to make it in the massive Chinese market. Speak to a Chinese developer, however, and they’ll tell you hitting the US, hitting Europe, is a major goal. The thing that stops both sides parking their tanks on the other’s lawn is the fact the the two markets are utterly different. Well, different apart from the fact League of Legends is pretty massive in both.
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So massive in China, in fact, that League of Legends has hit console. Well, sort of. Developer Riot Games’ parent company Tencent – China’s big media, entertainment and internet giant – has just launched a console of sorts, albeit one that runs Windows 10.
Nevertheless, the Tencent Games Platform – or TGP for short – plays host to scores of different games, not to mention League of Legends itself.
This is Tencent's TGP box.
It's like a Steam machine that runs Tencent games- pic.twitter.com/bTzqGJH3PH
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The TGP comes in at upwards of $549 – around £420 – though the fact it runs Windows 10 means it can effectively be run as a PC. There’s also the possibility that it’ll attract the scores of gamers put off by keyboard and mouse focused games, yet still keen to move to a more open platform than either PS4 or Xbox One.
The machine comes with either an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor, a GTX 750 Ti GPU, and a 128GB SSD hard drive.
If you’re looking for a western equivalent, it’s a bit like a Steam machine, but without Steam. Indeed, the unit itself looks just as ugly as most of the Steam machines I’ve seen, so that’s one thing they have in common.
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