Call of Duty Mobile Breaks First-Week Download Record

by in Call of Duty | Oct, 9th 2019

Activision Blizzard looks to have yet another massive hit on their hands that is sure to be a resounding success in the form of Call of Duty Mobile. The official, mobile-centric version of the first-person shooter series is out right now on iOS and Android, and it didn’t take long for it to break records.

Call of Duty Mobile Reaches 100 Million Downloads

The Call of Duty Mobile launch is officially the most significant mobile video game launch of all-time, reaching record-breaking downloads in just a few short days. In just a single week since launching on both the App Store and Google Play officially around the world, the game has already amassed 100 million downloads.

That is an insane number that rivals that of the biggest games in the world across their entire lifetime sales and downloads in only a week. This is all according to numbers that have been recorded by Sensor Tower and reported on by Reuter.

According to these stats, there are more than 100 million downloads for the game thus far across both iOS and Android devices globally. Of those massive numbers, the bulk of the downloads come from the United States, where the highest number of players are currently.

According to the records that Sensor Tower has come up with, around 17% of those downloads come from the United States, equaling to about 17 million downloads or so just from here alone. That is the most significant chunk of downloads from one single area, and the next biggest bulk of users come from India.

These are insanely impressive numbers that show that the mobile audience is hungry for more console-like experiences like this one. Either that or they want to have more battle royale options at their disposal. Regardless, it is only safe to say these downloads and success is set to grow even more.

After all, Call of Duty Mobile is currently not available in all planned regions where Activision is going to launch the game. The game launched on October 1 in every region that supports the Google Play and App Store around the world except three certain regions.

Those three regions are Belgium, Vietnam, and mainland China. This is interesting for one specific reason, and that is the fact that Call of Duty Mobile is not yet available in China. The Chinese mobile game market is one of the biggest in the entire world, making games like PUBG Mobile and Fortnite the phenomenon that they are today.

How the Call of Duty Mobile Launch Compares to Other Shooters

PUBG Mobile and Fortnite were quickly overtaken by Call of Duty Mobile in terms of launch success. For comparison, Fortnite was the biggest of the battle royale game launches previously on mobile, having around 26 million downloads in its first week while PUBG had just over 22 million.

On the console and PC side of things, Apex Legends launched earlier this year. It made waves across the video game community, getting 25 million downloads across PS4, Xbox One, and PC in its first week. All these numbers seemed unprecedented previously until now.

It beats out other games like Mario Kart Tour, which also recently released on mobile devices. Sensor Tower recorded that it had 90 million downloads the week before the mobile shooter’s launch. Of the 100 million downloads, it is almost evenly split between iOS and Android, with 55.7% of the downloads coming from iOS devices.

The App Store also makes up over half of the revenue made from the game thus far. 53% of the income that came out of the launch week. The game is free to download and play, but it still managed to bring in just over $17 million in revenue from purchases in the game.

The overall success of Call of Duty Mobile is undoubtedly no surprise, but even this level is crazy. After all, the game brings the tried and true multiplayer experiences from recent console and PC games like Black Ops 4 and translates it well to the mobile platform.

There are currently two main modes that players can partake in: the traditional player versus player multiplayer and the battle royale mode. Both were immensely popular in the most recent entry in the franchise, so it is no surprise that they are enough to bring in all of these downloads.

In addition, the game was developed by the Chinese developer Tencent’s TiMi Studio, best known for creating the Honor of Kings MOBA (known as Arena of Valor here) which is one of the biggest games in the entire world.

That is mostly due to the Asian regions where the game is a massive success. With the launch of Call of Duty Mobile still to come in mainland China, there is no doubt that the game is only going to get more successful and grow from here.

If you are looking for a surprisingly well-done shooter on mobile devices, look no further as it is, quite frankly, the best shooter that you will find on the platform. It is unparalleled how close the game is to its console and PC counterparts, especially in terms of the 100-player battle royale experience.


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