Warzone Mobile's Impact on the Indian Gaming Industry

Call of Duty Warzone Mobile, the latest launch in the battle-royale category, is getting quite the hype in India.

Call of Duty Warzone Mobile has created quite the hype in India. | © Activision

Warzone Mobile is available in India and it was officially launched on March 20th, 2024. But since its inception, the player base has kept increasing and the game is quite hyped up globally. But this begs the question, what would be the impact of Warzone Mobile’s launch in India?

Is the game just temporarily hyped or is it here to stay? The initial performance has been excellent, especially due to cross-platform capabilities. But we have compiled a few points that highlight Warzone Mobile's impact on the Indian gaming industry.

Challenge for Existing Mobile Games

Right now, the most popular battle royales in India are BGMI, CoD Mobile, and Free Fire. However, Warzone Mobile was long-awaited and now that it has been launched, it has been ranking consistently on the Google Play Store and iOS Store, getting up in the ranks every single day.

Based on the “Top Games by Free iPhones Downloads in India” chart, as of March 31, 2024, Call of Duty Warzone Mobile is ranking in the fourth spot, which is quite a jump for a newly launched title.

Now, while Warzone Mobile could fuel the growth of battle royales, it could take the shine of many, starting from its sister, Call of Duty Mobile, as specifically for the action genre, the Warzone Mobile is on the third spot, overtaking CoD Mobile, which is on the seventh spot in India, as of March 31.

But it is still too early to say what will happen in the future. However, the cross-platform capabilities look promising enough for Warzone Mobile to reign as one of the best battle royales.

Warzone Mobile
Warzone Mobile to reign as one of the best battle royales. | © Activision

Growth of the Mobile Esports Scene

Next comes its impact on the Esports industry. Until 2022, there were 600,000 eSports players in India and it was a massive jump of 300% compared to 2021. According to Statista, the number is expected to grow to more than a million by 2027, which is quite a surprise.

But it is also thanks to games like Call of Duty Warzone Mobile that the number is bound to increase. Every single day, new players are joining the mobile game while competing against other opponents. The app has over 13+ million downloads on the Google Play Store with a big chunk coming from India.

In addition, since Warzone is an already established brand, the mobile version launched globally has already surprised the world but in India, a country where eSports is taken seriously, Warzone Mobile is growing the eSports industry, creating more players and potentially tournaments in the upcoming future.

Many Call of Duty: Mobile esports events have already taken place in India, with the Odyssey Gaming Festival held in December 2023 being the most recent one, and we have many well-established CoD Esports teams like GodLike Esports that have represented India on a global level at CODM World Championship. Therefore, given these examples, it's clear that India will likely be a key location for upcoming events, solidifying Warzone Mobile's position as a cornerstone of its growing eSports community.

Increased Popularity of Mobile Battle Royales

While Warzone Mobile is trying to cement itself as the goat of battle royales for mobile, it could also give a new spark to the battle royale industry. We have competitors like BGMI and more, but with the release of Warzone Mobile, everyone is grinding their gears, trying to make the most out of their existing product.

But the reality is that this release reignited the fire that was about to go cold in terms of the battle royale category. For a long time, we saw no news about any new popular battle royale coming but recently, blogs and YouTube channels have been filled with content related to Warzone Mobile.

Overall, after the launch of Warzone Mobile, things took an interesting turn. Millions of views are being generated by YouTubers all over India, indicating that the game is more than just popular. The impact is so far grandiose and players all over India are loving the cross-platform feature, so we can expect the title to shine even more in the coming days.

It would be interesting to see the long-term impacts of Warzone on the Indian gaming landscape.

Tripty Pandey
Tripty Pandey