Valve is finally launching Steam China into public beta.
Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad reported the date on Twitter this week, confirming a public beta of the Steam China client will launch on February 9.
Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are the first games coming to the platform. According to Ahmad, Chinese players will be required to log in to Steam China to play these games, although he added "everything will transfer over."
Valve announced Steam China in 2018 as a partnership with Perfect World to create a version of the storefront specific to the market. It is separate from the international versions of Steam, which Valve has said will stay live in China even after the launch of its localized counterpart.
Speaking to IGN, Ahmad said that around 30 more games are planned for release on Steam China in the "near term," and more beyond that.

Public beta of Steam China launches next week |