Juan hastily pulls out her phone as soon as she finishes with lunch. Instead of taking a noontime nap as she used to, Juan is messaging her friends on WeChat to play Honour of Kings, now the world’s top grossing mobile game created by Tencent’s Timi Studio.

In May, Honour of Kings took the crown for top grossing game for iOS and Google Play with 160 million monthly active users (MAU), the first time ever for a Chinese gaming title to come top, and in spite of Google Play’s weak presence in China. The multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game has been dubbed the mobile version of the world’s most played PC game, League of Legends, which stood at 100 million MAU as of last September.

“A lot of my friends play League of Legends and I’ve tried a few times, but it’s too complex,” says 28-year-old Juan who works as a graphic designer at a Beijing-based startup.

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Rita Liao

Telling the uncommon China stories through tech. I can be reached at ritacyliao [at] gmail [dot] com.