CS:GO will finally have local servers in mainland China, thanks to a deal between Perfect World and Valve, Perfect World announced Wednesday.
Prior to this, Chinese CS:GO players were playing on private, low-ping servers. China has already played host to a handful of CS:GO tournaments, and the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2 finals are set to be played in Nanjing.
Perfect World already operates Dota 2 in mainland China and recently ran the Shanghai Major, which made headlines for being poorly run. However, Perfect World has also run several other events and games in China without much controversy.
"Perfect World will spare no effort to promote CS:GO in China and further optimize the player's gaming experience," Perfect World president Zhang Yunfan said in a statement translated by HLTV.
"We will continue to strengthen the competitive nature of the game. Together with Valve's research and development capabilities, we are certain that we will make CS:GO a great success in the country."
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