India is one of the top 5 mobile gaming markets in the world
Cheap smartphones, good internet connectivity, and digitalization of wallets
Esports in India is just a few years old
Banning of 59 Chinese mobile apps in India
Two sides of the same coin
"Good! Now we can fight as warriors. Hand-to-hand, it is the basis of all combat. Only a fool trusts his life to a weapon.” – Metal Gear Solid
The online gaming sector in India is a booming industry. In FY 2019, online gaming in India was estimated at the US $ 70 million in markets with an estimated 300 million games.
India, today, is one of the top 5 mobile gaming markets in the world.
The population of India is young. With half of the population below 25 yrs of age, this is a good sign for the online gaming market as they have a strong support system amongst the young.
The availability of cheap smartphones, good internet connectivity, and digitalization of wallets are some of the other important factors that have amounted to the promotion of online gaming culture in India.
India now has over 500 million active internet users. (Source: Internet & Mobile Association of India )
In India, online mobile gaming is much more popular than any other form of online gaming. In 2016, India had about 201 million users of mobile games across the country. This was projected to reach about 370 million users by the year 2022, marking a considerable increase in the number of users (Source: Statista).
Some of the popular online games in India are :
Teen Patti by Octro
Ludo King by Gametion Technologies
PUBG (PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds) by South Korea's Bluehole Studio
India became PUBG Mobile's largest market in the world with over 116 million downloads, which is 21% of the total PUBG players worldwide.
In October 2005, Level Up! Games became first to distribute a massively multi-player game in India with Ragnarok Online.
It also gives a gamer an opportunity to turn their gaming passion into a carrier opportunity. While Esports is a decade old, it has only gained popularity in India in the recent few years.
The Esports event organizers such as DreamHack and ESL have realized the net worth of the Indian gaming market and hence they have been regularly organizing events in India for the past few years.
Investments of big players such as international gaming teams, Fnatic; Tencent and ASUS have led to the rapid growth of E-sports in India.
In 2020, the Government of India banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, which included beauty apps, gaming apps, and multimedia sharing apps. This has given the home-produced apps to see a new light.
Rheo-India's pioneering video game streaming platform has witnessed a phenomenal jump in the number of new downloads of its Android Mobile App after the ban of Chinese gaming apps.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a new wave of people entering the online world. Technology has been used in various ways in order to tackle the inadequacies of the present crisis.
After the ban of the 59 Chinese apps, the PM of India, Narendra Modi popularized the initiative, 'Atmanirbhar Bharat'.
He said, 'Today, when the entire nation is working towards creating an Atmanirbhar Bharat, it is a good opportunity to give direction to their efforts, momentum to their hard-work and mentorship to their talent to evolve apps which can satisfy our market as well as compete with the world'.
The gaming industry has also faced certain challenges.
These hardware & gaming gears are however priced heavily as they run at highest output settings. Hence, it is out of reach of most of the people who want to compete.
There is also a stereotype prevailing in the nation that gaming is a waste of time and a major source of distraction. The majority of the population of India is still unaware of the term Esports.
Every coin has two sides. So, if we flip the coin then we would realize that the introduction of Esports has also created various opportunities.
The IT sector is the most notable sector that has benefited from the introduction of Esports. The highly-priced hardware has created opportunities for the IT sector to develop its own efficient and seamless hardware which in turn has promoted the entrepreneurial spirit in the nation.
It has also led to the boost in the number of cafes available in the country which has made the internet more accessible to the public.
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