If you haven't heard anything about Tencent's Honor of Kings, no one will be surprised since the game isn't available in the EU and the US, but that doesn't mean this China-based MOBA isn't a huge game. And from the looks of it, it's going to go global before the end of the year. Honor of Kings has over 50 million daily active users and has been making more than $140 million a month, which isn't bad at all. Tencent has been under pressure recently, though, when it was forced by the Chinese government to set some kinds of limits to prevent already-addicted minors from going overboard. This pressure has apparently hurt Tencent's stock prices.

According to recent rumors, the pressure from the Chinese government has Tencent looking abroad. The company is now seriously considering bringing Honor of Kings to the EU and the US to offset any losses in China and to open new streams of revenue. Whether the game will succeed is a different story, but I'm all for trying it out.

[via Fortune]

  • David Markowitz

    Because kids were falling asleep in class, etc., Tencent set a time limit of an hour a day for kids 12 and under with a cutoff play time of 9pm and two hour limit for kids 12-18 with no cutoff. Pretty crazy.

    • Gamera Love

      because kids over 12 should have more responsible already.

  • Airpegy

    For me mobile legend is the best

    • Firedog5698

      I prefer honor of kings tbh. Plus batman is already my favorite hero in general, so the fact he's in this game is a plus for me

  • Noomen

    I think this kind of games should be banned due to the real destructive addiction risk it poses to kids.

    • HelperMonkey

      Sugar can be addictive and unhealthy. You can't protect people from every bad decision.

  • Sanderok

    Eng version this game is Strike of Kings, available in turkish appstore

  • Peter Kellstrand

    Also available in the Netherlands app store.

  • MintCity

    About freaking time. This game has taken forever to come to the States. Ha ha. It's actually going to be released as "Strike of Kings" for any countries with English as its primary language as far as I know.

    • OutdatedGamer

      If their surveys are anything to go by, it looks like they'll be changing the name to "Arena of Champions".

  • Chowderbatter

    I teach English in China. Many kids are so completely immersed in their schoolwork that the ONLY free activity they have are phone games. The "addiction" part is a bit deceptive. Many kids go to school seven days a week. They have regular school, but then they go to extra schools. Private schools. Their "free time" is the time between classes, or spent commuting (gaming on the bus, subway, or in mom's car).

    If you're imagining some obese shut-in slacking off at life playing phone games all day, that's not who these kids are. Their commitment to study is almost superhuman. Heroic even.

    Another thing is many businesses in China are just dead man walking. Shops that get zero business, but some lonely, clueless soul shows up to man the register on the highly unlikely chance that someone shows up to buy something. These workers pass their day playing phone games.

    Anyway, the phone addiction thing is more complex than it appears.

    • Modjular

      Just from what I've seen, is "phone etiquette" different over there? Like, there doesn't seem to be a stigma with being on your phone all the time. At least here, the friend with their face in their phone will get some joking comments and will even be apologetic.

      • Chowderbatter

        Phone etiquette is highly evolved for the highly evolved and not highly evolved for the not highly evolved. Same as in the states or other places. So people who are educated, polite pretty much do the same things we do in the west. Like go outside to take a call, or don't use their phone when talking to friends. But some people are rude just like in other countries. One thing is that many people here eschew headphones and will play videos on full volume in coffee shops, restaurants, or other public places. Most people don't do that, but the ones who do really stand out. I've had people watch videos on their phones at full volume standing next to me in an elevator. Generally though, using phones in all situations is much more common here. People use phones while driving or riding motorscooters or cycling on the sidewalk. Much more permissive, and dangerous. Cops won't do shit, because they're on their damn phones too!

        There are boundaries though. It sounds like a lawless, crazy place, but most people are respectful and considerate.

  • Modjular

    It's just interesting that the government there is taking steps to control it. The whole concept of games on your phone is so new that any steps they take will probably seem new or radical.

  • Bloodangel

    If it is called strike of kings... then it's available in U.K. Already 🙂