This mildly concerns me. China is demographically enormous, gaming is pretty damn big there, and the Chinese middle class is seeing rapid growth on an annual basis. At this point, they are a market that can no longer be ignored by any serious gaming company that wants their products to have a concrete global presence.
And companies have and always will place profit and the continuation of the company above everything else. If SEMC’s financial situation is indeed as bad as many people on the subreddit and Discord say it is, I wouldn’t put it past them to start throwing the game at China in an effort to keep the game and their company afloat even if it meant changing Vainglory on a fundamental level to satisfy a Chinese audience.
However, catering to China has consequences. I site three examples from memory:
PUBG did it, which resulted in the game being hit with a massive influx of Chinese hackers.
Conan Exiles let Chinese players into the game a while ago. Massive cheating followed.
Mobile Legends, while developed by a Chinese firm, was forced to alter the aesthetic appearance of certain hero skins because they offended Chinese society’s extremely conservative cultural standards on visual depictions of women, violence, ect.
There’s good reason to be extremely wary of the game being forwarded to China imho.