Call of Duty is taking a shot at the mobile world and early indications are that Call of Duty Mobile will be a big hit.
Chinese company Tencent, already a powerhouse in the mobile gaming space, has used Timi Studios to bring Call of Duty to mobile devices.
With the release of COD Mobile, Tencent appears to have found another hit. The game currently has more than 400,000 downloads from its first day of release. It is hard to find a popular mobile gaming title these days that isn’t somehow linked to Tencent.
The company is putting a lot of effort into the PUBG Mobile esports league and, if COD achieves a similar degree of popularity on mobile, it could lead the creation of a COD Mobile league as well. This might even go on to bear some connection to the franchised Call of Duty pro league that Activision Blizzard is currently developing alongside franchise investors.
Timi Studios is a subsidiary of Tencent. The studio developed the top grossing game of 2018, Honor of Kings. The game is called Arena of Valor in the western world and made over $1.93 billion USD in 2018 alone.
The studio has also developed one of the many versions of the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds mobile games. The battle royale is one of the most popular mobile BR games in the world.
Tencent is no stranger to the gaming world, and they own at least a piece of many of the industry’s biggest players. They wholly or partially own League of Legends developer Riot Games, Fortnite developer Epic Games, Overwatch and Call of Duty developer Activision Blizzard, and Clash Royale developer Supercell, among others.
Tencent has branched out into other areas as well, thanks to its successful proliferation of mobile apps. They partnered with the World Series of Poker to bring the most popular poker festival to China in 2017. After a change in China’s laws, the 2018 WSOP China event was cancelled, but Tencent seems to have kept on rolling with success and forward progress on the mobile gaming front.
The company’s stock price bottomed out at $33.12 on October 26, 2018, but has steadily increased over the past year.