In its first week of release, the mobile version of the Call of Duty video game franchise racked up 100 million downloads, dwarfing the release of previous smashes like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).
Call of Duty: Mobile is a first-person-shooter game that allows gamers to depict elite soldiers in various parts of the world chasing its targets. The console-based versions of the game enjoyed a loyal following, but the meteoric rise of free-to-play online gaming forced developers to adapt their games to the smaller screen and expand them.
The mobile version of Call of Duty is developed by the Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd, which also has a stake in PUBG’s Bluehole and Fortnite’s Epic Games, and is credited with popularizing the battle-royal genre, where thousands of online players combat each other to death.
This is by far the biggest mobile game release in history in terms of the player base that was created in the first week. In comparison, PUBG, Fortnite and Electronic Arts’ Apex Legends received only 26.3 million, 22.5 million and 25 million respectively in their first week of release, way below Call of Duty: Mobile’s 100 million downloads.
The United States was the main attraction of the mobile version, with 17 percent of downloads in its release week, followed by India, where PUBG has a strong foothold. As far as we know, Tencent has yet to release the game in China. Finally, Activision will release the next console version of Call of Duty on October 25. We can’t wait to be the first one to play Call of Duty on the console.