Tencent, the Chinese company that owns a variety of MOBA studios such as League of Legends developer Riot Games, might soon be responsible for putting the Nintendo Switch in China. The company will soon be bringing its Arena of Valor MOBA to the Nintendo Switch, which might be hinting at more.
The porting of Arena of Valor to the Nintendo Switch might be indicative that we’ll be seeing a wider release of the Nintendo Switch in China. The Switch, while it has enjoyed massive success in the Americas and Europe, has only had a limited release in China due to Nintendo’s limited influence there.
The company had previously released the iQue 3DS XL in that country, a modified version of the Nintendo 3DS that came with Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land. According to David Gibson, a data analyst for the company Macquarie Capital Securities, we’ll be seeing the Nintendo Switch in China sometime in March of 2019. Time will tell, however, if that turns out to be true.
Considering China is the world’s most populous country, the possibility of the Nintendo Switch breaking into that market could mean that Nintendo could end up earning a whole lot more money from various sales, provided that China’s government allows them to sell it.
A few years ago, Nintendo was attempting to introduce the Wii U to the Chinese market, but apparently this plan was abandoned. According to the Wall Street Journal, the possibility of the Nintendo Switch in China is the idea of multiple people that are familiar with Nintendo’s way of thinking. With Tencent, one of China’s major gaming companies, as a potential partner, Nintendo may actually work pretty well together with Tencent.
Hopefully we’ll be seeing the Nintendo Switch in China sometime soon. But in the meantime, if you’re interested in Arena of Valor you can play it on the Switch when a beta releases for free sometime this winter.