Working alongside native publisher Perfect World, Valve has launched dedicated Counter-Strike: Global Offensive servers in China. According to The Esports Observer, Perfect World will be introducing CS:GO, which is free when players sign up through the publisher however they will need to link their Personal Identification number, phone number and bank account in order to play. Players caught cheating could potentially have their credit rating affected.
Perfect World has also managed the Chinese release of Dota 3 under a free to play model.
Crossfire, the free-to-play multiplayer FPS, has dominated the Chinese market for many years becoming the highest grossing game in the world at $1.3 billion revenue with 90% generated in China. Valve hopes to capture a portion of this lucrative market by launching CS:GO.