Due to the popularity of QQ among young people in China, QQ Coins are gradually becoming accepted by online vendors in exchange for "real" merchandise such as small gifts.
This has raised concerns of replacing (and thus "inflating") real currency in these transactions.
In the United States, Tencent has partnered with AOL to bring QQ Games as a contender in the US social gaming market.
Launched in 2007, QQ Games came bundled with the AIM installer, and competed with AOL's own to provide a gaming experience for the AIM user base.
As of 2009, none of the developers of third-party clients have publicized any plans to restore QQ support.
In addition to text messaging, users can send each other images, videos, and audio media messages.
Moreover, users can share multimedia content with all contacts through the client's Qzone interface.
The official client runs on Microsoft Windows and a beta public version was launched for Mac OS X version 10.4.9 or newer.
but this has not been made compatible with the Windows version and it is not capable of voice chat.