This happens in Brazil too. Some players in the current KeyD lineup actually played Crossfire and Assaultfire for some time, shitty CS clones in the same vein as these games they are talking about.
Crossfire is still somewhat popular here, the main reason is that not everyone can afford a PC that runs CSGO smoothly, also the companies that own these games pay streamers and event organizers to brainwash kids into playing their shit. Thats the same reason LoL is popular here too, even the worst cyber café can run their client.
To put it into perspective, there's only one LAN in the whole country (and Brazil is huge mate) that can host CSGO tournaments, and even then, they have a lot of technical problems when events happen there (like computer bluescreening and CSGO running at 50 fps in some machines). Its really sad. I suppose its the same way on China, maybe a bit better.