So, what are the options that work for folks from China
? Also, how is the PC gaming scene in general in China
? I always wondered about that :)
Alipay and Paypal (linked a China
debit card) are two options.
Alipay is China
's leading third-party online payment solution, I use Alipay buy games on Steam. So far I have bought Serious Sam 3,Left 4 Dead 2,Portal 2,Counter-Strike,Doom 3 Pack and some other games.
It seems Alipay only shows up when the buyer's IP address is in China
. I upload some pics.
pic1 is the most common to me when i buy a game.it is in Chinese language.
Pic2 is same payment info to pic1 but in English, as u can see in pic2, Alipay is in the payment method.
pic3 is i use a Proxy software login Steam as US IP address, purchase a game, Alipay isnot in the payment method.
I dont know why Alipay only shows up in China
IP address, but as long as i can buy games with Alipay, it doesnot matter.
Paypal linked a China
debit card is what i use to buy games on Humble Bundle. Most people in China
dont have a credit card, but have a debit card. me buy games on Humble Bundle for example. I buy games on Humble Bundle, choose Paypal, and that will lead me to pic 4, in pic 4, left is my order summary, right is some information including my debit card number, all i have to do is click "Pay Now" button, and it will open a new page of my debit card bank, i pay on that page, it will return to Humble Bundle and i got games. Easy and fast.
Pic5 is when i buy games on GOG, i got a warning "To pay for this purchase right now, link a debit or credit card to your PayPal account." clearly i have already linked a China
debit card to my Paypal, it just didnot work, that means i cant buy games on GOG with my Paypal.
It would be nice if you can support both Alipay and Paypal (linked a China
debit card). or at least fix this Paypal (linked a China
debit card) problem, if Humble Bundle can get my money, you can get it too.
About "how is the PC gaming scene in general in China
?" well, most people in China
pirate games or play free online games, some people start to buy games.
How many is this "some"? Steam accounts now over 65 million, that s a news everyone can google it, and steam has a Hardware & Software Survey, you can check the language detail, Simplified Chinese is 2.51% and increasing, that means there are at least 1.6 millon Chinese steam user now.This is the group that may buy games.
And how many is this "most people"? There is no research about this, i think maybe 100-200 millon. They play free online games and they pirate games.