Tencent Tech is reporting that blockbuster multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game Honour of Kings has overtaken Monster Strike this May to become the world’s highest-grossing (in Chinese) game across platforms, according to data released by App Annie.

Although Honour of Kings ranked the world’s highest grossing iOS game in March and April this year, this is the first time for it, or any Chinese gaming titles, to take the crown for iOS and Google Play, a special feat given Google’s weak presence in China.

Launched in November 2015 by Tencent’s Timi Studio, Honour of Kings is very similar to League of Legends, which sees players battle beasts in a fantasy landscape. Despite the similar visual style and gameplay mechanics, Tencent has managed to successfully localize to China with subtle changes in a mobile-first product strategy, local culture-based characters, and simpler controls.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.