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There's clearly a hefty market for FPS action on the go, as Call Of Duty Mobile has managed to smash over 100 million downloads just one week after launch. Mobile app analytics experts Sensor Tower claims this is a record-breaking number when it comes to mobile gaming, and I'm not inclined to disagree. Mostly because I'm not a mobile app analytic expert.
On iOS alone, Call Of Duty Mobile was downloaded an eye-watering 56.9 million times. For comparison, rival shooters PUBG Mobile and Fortnite managed 28 million and 22.5 million respectively in their own launch weeks. Pathetic numbers, I'm sure we can all agree.*
*I'm just kidding.
Let's talk numbers, because I know that's what you're all keen to do on a Friday, you filthy animals. Sensor Tower's data reveals that Call Of Duty Mobile had the most installs in the US of A, accounting for around 16.9 percent of the downloads (17.3 million, to be exact). India was close behind with 13.4 percent, and Brazil with 7 percent.
Call of Duty Mobile has yet to launch in China, but Activision is working to earn approval for launch in that particular market, according to reports.
If it succeeds, then installs will no doubt see a real boost, given the popularity of mobile games in China. According to Business Wire, China actually makes up around a quarter of the mobile gaming market in the entire world, so it's a big deal, yeah? Yeah.
Call of Duty Mobile Breaks Record with 100 Million Downloads in Its First Week: https://t.co/5Z7WNNjucG #callofduty #callofdutymobile pic.twitter.com/YkWU6ZM5gy
- Sensor Tower (@SensorTower) October 8, 2019
Activision Blizzard, or at least the Blizzard side of the company, came under fire from fans this week when it made the decision to ban pro Hearthstone player Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai for coming out in support of the ongoing Hong Kong protests during a post-game interview over the weekend.
Blizzard slapped the player with a one year ban from Hearthstone esports competitions and rescinded the money he earned during Grandmasters Season 2, prompting fans and politicians around the world to fight back against what they see as an unjust decision, with some even attempting to turn Overwatch hero Mei into a Hong Kong protest symbol.
Critics of Blizzard have suggested that its suspension of Blitzchung was a move to protect its business interests in China. It's also worth noting that Call of Duty Mobile is developed by Tencent subsidiary Timi Studios, and that Tencent is a Chinese company that owns a 5 percent stake in Activision Blizzard.
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