Tencent’s top-grossing game Honour of Kings has opened for pre-registration in North America with its rebranded overseas version, “Arena of Valor”, to be available on iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch, Chinese media  Sohu is reporting.

The first report of Tencent’s “free-to-play MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena)” game Honour of Kings landing in Europe and the United States game market traces back to this July. Foreign media said this move is a “curve strategy” for Tencent to attract overseas gaming fans.

Nintendo has announced that the “Honour of Kings” will be available on the Nintendo Switch platform in September, which brought a polarized reaction from game players and investors. Game players, especially Chinese players who tried out overseas version of Honour of Kings on Switch and either showed restrained or opposed attitude. There was even a game player who wrote a long article to explain why Tencent is not suitable for the Switch platform.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com