Call of Duty Mobile Getting Closer to Release in Mainland China

Call of Duty Mobile is getting closer to a release in Mainland China, according to Niko Partners Senior Analyst Daniel Ahmad. Ahmad, who focuses on the gaming market in Asia and China, says that a final test of Call of Duty Mobile for Android users is set for Oct. 20 and that more than 46M people have pre-registered for the game in China.

Tencent Games is publishing the game, while its development studio TiMi Studios is developing the game, though there are likely differences between the Mainland China-version of Call of Duty Mobile compared to releases in other regions due to government requested changes. The Chinese government approved a release of the game on Aug. 6.

While there have been reports from Indian media that Activision Blizzard severed its ties with TiMi Studios and Tencent Games related to Call of Duty Mobile in the country, the company’s continued relationship with both in China makes those reports highly unlikely.

As The Esports Observer highlighted in the editorial, “How Call of Duty Mobile Avoided Being Banned in India,” Activision Blizzard simply removed any mention of TiMi Studios and Tencent Games from the game in India to avoid being banned there in early September. PUBG MOBILE and 117 other Chinese-associated apps were banned by the Indian government in the name of national security at the beginning of this month.   

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