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China, the next Korea?


While China's Ministry of Commerce just approved Starcraft 2 in February of this year, already there is talk that the Chinese players could rise to dominate the competitive landscape, surpassing even Korea in prominence. The Starcraft community is looking on with bewilderment as the top ranking players on sc2ranks.com are all from the Chinese ladder. What gives?


Some say that looking at ladder points across realms provide a distorted perspective. The Chinese players are only competing against other Chinese players, which or may not have had early access to the game. Others insist that despite the handicap of a late release, the Chinese players win rates are still impressive. People who are a little more familiar with the competitive gaming scene in China recognize some of the players as Warcraft 3 pros, such as xiaOt and Infi.

While some say it is improbable that China will exceed Korea as the premier competitive gaming nation, one still must consider their strong work ethic and massive population pool. Until we have a chance to see these players compete, all we have to go on now is speculation. 

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The State of the Game Abroad

For some insight into the pro-gaming scene in China, this article provides some interesting detail. Not only does it discuss some of the struggles faced by pro-gamers such as Li Xiaofeng (李晓峰), it also discusses the challenges surrounding e-sports as it attempts to distinguish itself from other online vices that have made a poor impression on the Chinese.

Though there is some apprehension surrounding online gaming, there is still an acknowledgement of the huge commercial potential surrounding e-sports, and the possibility that it could be a positive intellectual engagement for the youth.

After digesting this discussion, it leaves the question: what can be done to change negative perceptions surrounding e-sports in China? This blog will attempt to investigate this subject matter and share observations as they become available. This blog will also provide weekly posts highlighting the greatest gamers of the Middle Kingdom! 

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