That in China mobile games are a mass phenomenon is no secret. The mobile gaming market in the Asian country is huge and, among all of them, there is a game that stands out for its number of players and figures. We speak, of course, of ‘Honor of Kings‘.
The game, developed by TiMi Studios (owned by -surprise- Tencent and that surely sounds like ‘Immortal Devil‘, ‘Call of Duty: Mobile’ and ‘Pokémon Unite’, among others) launched in 2015 and has generated revenue ever since worth $13 billion. It is one of the most popular games in China, without a doubt, and now get ready for its arrival in the global market.
There are never enough MOBAs
To honor the truth, ‘Honor of Kings’ is already on the global market, only we know it as ‘Arena of Valor‘. This was launched in 2017 and the truth is that its history is enough to write a soap opera. In a nutshell, Tencent bought Riot Games in 2015 and asked the studio to make a ‘LoL’ for mobile, a delightful opportunity to compete against the hitherto greatest exponent of the genre on smartphones,’Vainglory‘.
Riot Games refused, arguing that mobile was not a platform for competitive gaming and that it would not be able to replicate the game’s gameplay on mobile. Thus, Lightspeed & Quantum and TiMi (both Tencent studios) developed ‘We MOBA’ and ‘League of Kings’respectively, which were released in August 2015.
The point is that TiMi used ‘League of Legends’ as a base to power ‘League of Kings’, which (apparently) collided head-on with Rio Games. To put an end to the dispute, Tencent changed the name of the game to ‘Honor of Kings’ and canceled its global release, although it would do so later with the creation of ‘Arena of Valor‘. It is a similar game, but it does not have the same content.
To no one’s surprise, ‘Riot Games’ would end up releasing ‘League of Legends: Wild Rift’ (a mobile version of ‘LoL’) a few years later. Now it is, along with ‘Mobile Legends. bang bang’, one of the most played MOBA in western territory.
Coming back to ‘Honor of Kings’ and its global release, the announcement comes from Level Infinite, a mark of -surprise- Tencent. This studio will be in charge of releasing TiMi Studios’ ‘Honor of Kings’ worldwide later this year, although there will be a closed beta starting next month.
Let’s remember that the game is a ‘MOBA’, with games of five against five, three against three and even one against one, although it also has additional modes. It is expected to be a play free to play and that it is available on iOS and Android.