Chinese giant technology Tencent has started testing its own cloud gaming platform and is allowing a select group of users to sign up, as its opponents race to get ahead in the next big trend in the $135 billion video game market.
Cloud gaming enables users to stream games instead of having to download them on smartphones or consoles, or purchase physical copies.
Tencent lately introduced a website for a product called “Start” and is enabling people in Shanghai and the southern China region of Guangdong to sign up for the test.
The description on the website it was written in Mandarin, translates as “you can play on any device.” One of the advantages of cloud gaming is that it doesn’t require particular hardware such as a games console.
"Cloud gaming is an emerging trend, and given our technical capabilities and rich portfolio of games, we are doing some internal research to evaluate the possibilities," a spokesman for the company told a news agency.
In March, business analysts Daniel Ahmad tweeted that Tencent would introduce a cloud gaming service called “Tencent Instant Play.”