Call of Duty: Mobile, Garena Free Fire witness spike in downloads after PUBG Mobile ban in India
Call of Duty: Mobile and Garena Free Fire were among the top three games in the Play Store and App Store last week, shortly after the ban on PUBG Mobile was announced.
PUBG Mobile along with 117 Chinese apps were banned in India last week. Just two days later it was removed from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. PUBG Mobile was one of the most popular games in India, and the top battle royale game. Following its ban, other games such as Call of Duty: Mobile and Garena Free Fire have been witnessing a higher uptick in downloads.
According to a report by Entrackr, Garena Free Fire and Call of Duty: Mobile were among top three downloaded games on Play Store and App Store between September 2 and 5. This is based on data from Sensor Tower, the report said. Garena Free Fire witnessed 2.1 million downloads during this period, while Call of Duty Mobile received some 1.15 million downloads. At present, Garena Free Fire is the top free and grossing game on the Play Store.
Shortly after the ban of PUBG Mobile in India, there was speculation that COD Mobile could be banned in India too due to Activision's partnership with Tencent Games. However, it was reported in August that Activision cut off ties with Tencent following US President Donald Trump's order.
Another game that joined COD Mobile and Garena Free Fire is Ludo King. During the same period, Ludo King garnered 1.52 million downloads in India. Ludo King had even beated PUBG Mobile during the April-June period this year. It achieved around 48.3 million downloads as opposed to the 30.8 million installs of PUBG Mobile in India.
PUBG Mobile can still be played in India but its server could be blocked very soon.