This Week in Asia: Nintendo Switch hits 1m sales in China, Apple's App Store purge, and Honor of Kings' revenue reign

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This Week in Asia: Nintendo Switch hits 1m sales in China, Apple's App Store purge, and Honor of Kings' revenue reign

The world is vast, and keeping up with all the news that happens is incredibly difficult, especially when it comes from another corner of the earth.

That's why we like to keep you, our readers, up-to-date on the latest goings-on in Asia, a huge mobile gaming market that can be tough to keep track of, but one that the rest of the world should absolutely pay attention to.

We'll be rounding up some of the bigger stories from Asia each week, to ensure you're fully in the loop with the latest news and announcements.

Read on for more…

The Nintendo Switch hits one million official sales in China

The Nintendo Switch has shifted one million units in China since its launch in December 2019. Tencent - Nintendo's official Chinese partner - has confirmed the figure.

Moreover, a spokesperson for the tech giant claimed that the Switch sales are "a good start", while the market has been receptive to the games that have been published for the Chinese version.

Apple removed 48,000 games from the Chinese App Store last year.

Around 48,000 titles got the chop last month, as Apple purged mobile apps that did not have the appropriate government license.

On December 31st, to meet end of year deadlines, the iOS creator removed 39,000 games from the App Store. The most it had ever chopped in a single day. Last year, Apple first gave developers until July 31st to acquire the appropriate licenses, as it would no longer approve games that did not have an ISBN.

Call of Duty: Mobile fires through $14 million in its Chinese launch week

Call of Duty: Mobile has generated $14 million within its first week of release in China, according to Sensor Tower.

The mobile shooter officially hit the Chinese App Store on Christmas Day, after having racked up more than 46 million pre-registrations by October 2020.

Honor of Kings was the top-grossing mobile game in December 2020 

Tencent's Honor of Kings reigned supreme as the top-grossing game in December 2020, according to Sensor Tower.

The battle arena game saw a growth of 58 per cent year-on-year as it generated $258 million in player spending. Overall, 96 per cent of its earnings came from China, while Taiwan and Thailand were responsible for 1.4 per cent and 1.2 per cent, respectively.

Tilting Point forms live-publishing partnership with South Korean firm Storytaco

Mobile games specialist Tilting Point has formed a live-publishing partnership with developer Storytaco.

As part of the agreement, Tilting Point will aid with user acquisition funding and management for the South Korean firm's title, Dangerous Fellows, a dating simulator.


Danielle Partis is editor of and former editor of She was named Journalist of the Year at the MCV Women in Games Awards 2019, as well as in the MCV 30 under 30 2020. Prior to Steel Media, she wrote about music and games at Team Rock.