Call of Duty Mobile was downloaded over 100 million times in its first week after launch, a record-breaking number according to mobile app analytics experts Sensor Tower. It generated 56.9 million installs on iOS alone, which far exceeds the entire launch week numbers for other popular mobile competitors across both mobile platforms. To compare, PUBG Mobile and Fortnite saw 28 million and 22.5 million installs in their launch weeks, respectively.
According to Sensor Tower’s data, Call of Duty Mobile saw the most installs in the United States, with about 17.3 million or 16.9 percent of the downloads, followed by India with 13.4 percent, and finally Brazil with 7 percent. Call of Duty Mobile, developed by Tencent subsidiary Timi Studios and published by Activision, is not out in China yet, but if Activision earns approval for launch in that market, where mobile games remain extremely popular, installs could potentially skyrocket.
— Sensor Tower (@SensorTower) October 8, 2019
The Wall Street Journal reports that Activision is indeed in the midst of seeking approval to launch Call of Duty Mobile in China, which makes up about 25% of the mobile gaming market in the entire world, according to Business Wire.
Activision Blizzard, or more specifically Blizzard (partially owned by Tencent via Activision Blizzard), is currently under fire from fans for its decision to punish professional Hearthstone player Ng Wai Chung (aka “Blitzchung”) after the player expressed support for the Hong Kong protests in an interview. Many in the Hearthstone community are now boycotting the game.
Last week saw another huge mobile game launch in Mario Kart Tour, which earned a record-breaking 10.1 million downloads on launch day. In its first week, it racked up 90 million downloads, making Mario Kart Tour one of Nintendo’s most successful mobile game launches ever.