A recent press release by Nazara Technologies Limited announced that their franchise World Cricket Championship (WCC) has become the number one Cricket game in the world as it has amassed about 110 Million downloads in India and abroad.
WCC, which is published by Nazara’s subsidiary Nextwave Multimedia, comprises three versions of the game called WCC, WCC-2 and WCC Rivals which was recently added to the Mobile Premier League (MPL) platform.
Among the three games, Nazara claims that WCC-2 has contributed largely to the success of the franchise, as it has been featured as one of the Top 10 Games for Monthly Active Users by the App Annie Report for 3 years in a row (2016-2018). It has also been recognised as one of the Top 10 games by time spent in Android & IOS by App Annie 2016 report, and has been listed as Google Editor’s Choice (2016-2020). It has also been listed as Google’s Best of Games (2015-2017) and Apple’s Best of Games (2016-2018).
WCC-2 features over 18 international and 10 domestic teams, 42 stadiums, and 3 match formats including T20, ODI and Test Cricket. It also features 11 tournaments including World Cup, NPL, ODI Series, World T20 Cup, Asian Cup, Ashes-to-Ashes, and Blitz Tournaments.
WCC Rivals, a multiplayer real-time cricket mobile game, also gained recognition in the first year of its launch by bagging two awards—Runner-up ‘Studio Game of the Year’ at IGDC 2019 and ‘BEST LIVE GAME’ award at GATO’19 by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) in April 2019.
As per Nazara’s press release, WCC had on average 2.1 million Daily Active Users and 11 million Monthly Active Users around the year.
On the occasion, Rajendran P.R., Founder and CEO, Nextwave Multimedia said, “The commitment towards delivering the best and establishing a personal connection with our users to innovate and improvise the gameplay has helped us achieve this success in mobile cricket gaming. We believe in constantly innovating and updating the game for better user experience rather than just seasonal updates.”
WCC Franchise also announced that they are all set to launch WCC-3 to offer a combination of realistic game features and thrill of competition.
Last year, Nazara announced its intention to invest $20 million in gaming and sports startups in the Indian subcontinent, Africa and Middle-East in 2020.