Valve has collaborated with Perfect World Entertainment, a publishing company in China, to bring Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) to another corner of the globe.
The inaugural servers went live over the weekend and finally give locals the opportunity to enjoy the competitive first-person shooter on low latency and with instant Prime matchmaking services.
While the game is currently available for purchase, players can choose to verify themselves with the publisher to get access for free. All they need to do is create an account and answer a few questions to prove that they do, in fact, live in China.
Those who join in the first month will receive a free graffiti pattern and two free stickers, featuring art created by Perfect World Entertainment. These will not be exclusive to the region and will be available for purchase worldwide next month.
The official release of CS:GO in China is certainly a great achievement for Valve but one that holds great challenges as well. The country already features CrossFire as an immensely free-to-play online shooter. The developer will be hoping to steal as many players as possible from that community. Doing so will allow it to also reclaim the top spot on Steam for having the most active player-base.
It was discovered last month that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) features more than 4 million players that were previously active in CS:GO. What is even more surprising is that the online battle royale experience has managed to retain majority of them. If anything, more players are crossing over with each month.