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In China, DOTA2 and LOL are very popular games. WC3 was very popular in China but because those people don't have the money to buy SC2, if it becomes a free to play model... Chinese users will be able to play as they do have a SC2 scene but it is not as large. Even Call of Duty is making a free to play model in China.

I find it hard to believe that a person has a computer capable of playing SC2, but unable to shell out 250 yuan or so for the game. At least from what I have heard PC components aren't much cheaper there...even though most of them are made there. However, "Free to Play" usually ends up costing more than any other business model for the consumer. That is really why it is catching on. Game publishers make more money off of free to play.

Plus you can adjust prices for each market. They can sell the game for 100 yuan there, but since the market is so much larger they would probably make the same as if they were selling it for $30 in the US.

In the end I don't really care as long as the regular game play is not effected. I just have a bad taste for free to play since I was a subing player for Anarchy Online and then they let the froobs in and it just destroyed the game for me. I could no longer enjoy it for some reason...for many reasons. Hard to sum up. It was like the experience was cheapened for me.
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I find it hard to believe that a person has a computer capable of playing SC2, but unable to shell out 250 yuan or so for the game. At least from what I have heard PC components aren't much cheaper there...even though most of them are made there. However, "Free to Play" usually ends up costing more than any other business model for the consumer. That is really why it is catching on. Game publishers make more money off of free to play.
Plus you can adjust prices for each market. They can sell the game for 100 yuan there, but since the market is so much larger they would probably make the same as if they were selling it for $30 in the US.
In the end I don't really care as long as the regular game play is not effected. I just have a bad taste for free to play since I was a subing player for Anarchy Online and then they let the froobs in and it just destroyed the game for me. I could no longer enjoy it for some reason...for many reasons. Hard to sum up. It was like the experience was cheapened for me.
It is not that they can't afford it but they have to afford OTHER things especially when there are free games like LoL / DOTA2... why should they play SC2? SC2 is not very developed in China (as shown in WCS China) the WCS Championships is held in China so hopefully this will bring more exposure to the game.

Please do your research first,
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The Chinese StarCraft scene used to be large, however, with the introduction of Warcraft 3, many of the younger players switched. When Starcraft II was released, the game wasn't very popular because it lacked official backing. This led to Warcraft 3 pros sticking with the game and mostly former Brood War pros switching to SC2, playing on the Korean servers. However, recently a huge surge of former War3 players began playing SC2, which has led to tournaments in the mainland, some with prizes equal to War3.

Similar to the Chinese DotA scene, huge takeovers of players/teams and general chaos happens from time to time. However, the transfers are significantly less dramatic.

The premier league is G-League which also hosts DotA and WC3 tournaments.

Currently SC2 has a similar spot in China as it has in South Korea, while it does have a sizeable community, it's overshadowed by a more popular Esport(in Chinas case DotA).
http://wiki.teamliquid.net/starcraft2/Chinese_SC2_scene
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