World Cricket Championship (mobile game)

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World Cricket Championship
Developer(s)Nextwave Multimedia
Publisher(s)Nextwave Multimedia
Platform(s)iOS, Android, Windows
Release2011
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World Cricket Championship (WCC) is a series of 3D cricket mobile games developed by Nextwave Multimedia. WCC is the first game of the WCC franchise which was launched and released in 2011. The updated versions WCC2, WCC Rivals and WCC3 were also released under the WCC franchise. As of March 2020, WCC is currently ranked as the no. 1 cricket mobile game franchise in the world with 110 million downloads worldwide and with approximately 11 million monthly active users.[1][2] It has reported an average of over 2.1 million daily active users and is one of the most downloaded cricket game franchises in the world.[3] The games in the franchise are played worldwide, mainly in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, UK, UAE and Sri Lanka.[4]

By 2016, WCC2 was released on the Microsoft Store for Windows.

WCC1[edit]

The first game in the World Cricket Championship franchise, WCC was officially released in 2011.

WCC2[edit]

WCC2 was officially released in 2015 and is a sequel to WCC.[5] This game has different commentary options in Hindi and English. Being an advanced version of WCC, WCC2 had player customization where users could customize player names, jersey numbers, faces, etc. They could even change the squads of both the playing and the opposition teams as well. The game features about 18 international teams, 42 cricket stadiums, including all three formats of cricket (Test, ODI and T20I). The game features 11 different tournaments including 50 over World Cup, National Premier League (based over the Indian Premier League), ODI bilateral series, World T20 Cup, Asian Cup, Ashes-To-Ashes, and 2 over blitz tournaments. WCC2 also consists of live cricket features such as Hot events featuring ongoing bilateral cricket series and social modules such as Gangs of Cricket, World Tour and Challenge a Friend. WCC2 also features 3 multiplayer formats such as offline multiplayer, online multiplayer and batting multiplayer. The game was rated amongst the top 10 games among monthly active users for 3 successive years from 2016 to 2018 since its launch. In March 2020, WCC2 was partnered with Mobile Premier League (MPL), one of India's leading mobile gaming platforms.[6] WCC2 was listed as Google's Best of Games in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and was also listed as Apple's Best of Games in 2016, 2017 and 2018.[7]

In August 2020, WCC2 won in the people's choice gaming category in the Digital India Atmanirbhar Bharat Innovation Challenge with 6,607 votes, counting to 74% of total votes in the category.[8][9]

WCC3[edit]

WCC3 is the fourth instalment of the World Cricket Championship franchise. The game was announced in November 2019 and the beta version was made available in May 2020. The game was officially launched in September 2020. It includes professional commentary from various former cricketers in three languages, Matthew Hayden and Isa Guha for English, Aakash Chopra for Hindi and Abhinav Mukund for Tamil.[10] The game also won Google Play Store's Best of 2020 award in the users' choice category [11]

WCC Rivals[edit]

WCC Rivals was launched in 2019 as the third game in the WCC franchise after WCC and WCC2. It is the first full featured real-time multiplayer cricket game on mobile.[12] On 6 February 2020, WCC Rivals introduced 2v2 multiplayer, which eventually became the first ever mobile game to feature 2v2 real-time cricket multiplayer.[13] The game was also the first to introduce the esports ready-in game feature and the first to have a spectator/caster's mode.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nextwave Multimedia's World Cricket Championship (WCC) Delcared [sic] World’s No. 1 Cricket Game
  2. ^ Championship 2, World Cricket (19 March 2020). "WCC franchise has managed to amass over 110 million downloads internationally and in India". Sportskeeda. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  3. ^ Release, Press (19 March 2020). "India's World Cricket Championship (WCC) becomes world's No.1 cricket game". Sportskeeda.
  4. ^ "India's 'World Cricket Championship' officially becomes World's No.1 cricket game". Republic World. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Nextwave Multimedia Launches World Cricket Championship 2". www.prnewswire.com (Press release). Nextwave Multimedia Pvt Ltd. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  6. ^ Championship 2, World Cricket (22 March 2020). "WCC2 partners with Mobile Premier League for Multiplayer Esports Cash Tournament". Sportskeeda.
  7. ^ "World Cricket Championship 2 Named One of the Top 10 Games by App Annie Report". www.prnewswire.com (Press release). NextWave Multimedia Pvt Ltd. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  8. ^ Malhotra, Vanshika (8 August 2020). "AtmaNirbhar Bharat app innovation challenge: Here are the winners of the contest". www.indiatvnews.com. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  9. ^ "World Cricket Championship 2 Game Wins AatmaNirbhar App Challenge". NDTV Gadgets 360. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  10. ^ "World Cricket Championship 3". Google Play.
  11. ^ {{Cite web|url=https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/made-in-india-gaming-app-wcc-3-wins-google-play-best-of-2020-award-120120100981_1.html}
  12. ^ "WCC Rivals| Real-Time Multiplayer". www.nextwavemultimedia.com. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  13. ^ Championship 2, World Cricket (10 February 2020). "World's first 2v2 Cricket Multiplayer in WCC Rivals now live". Sportskeeda.