In the modern high-tech world of today, numerous innovative ways of entertainment have been catching the fancy of denizens. Among these, online gaming is one of the best and most sought-after ways to have wonderful doses of fun. With the advent and incorporation of newer technologies, online gaming trends have witnessed enormous changes over the decades.
Pokemon Go was the online game that grabbed everybody’s attention and became a hot favourite with the masses as soon as it was launched in 2016. This free to play, location based augmented reality game made people wake up to the concept of online gaming. It was primarily due to its novel utilization of the smartphone’s GPS to produce a real-life sense of adventure in the player’s role as a Pokemon Trainer. Overwatch has been an online fps (first person shooter) trend setter with a fantastic gameplay and the constant addition of new heroes, gameplay updates, and a growing community of gamers.
Then there are multiplayer online games which comprise Battle Arena Games and Online Card Games. The former have been one of the oldest “branches” of online gaming from the classic Warcraft, DOTA, StarCraft, League of Legends, and DOTA 2 etc. The latter such as Online Rummy have been gaining incredible popularity over the past few years. As a matter of fact, they have led to a revolution of sorts with people of all ages lapping them up. Both these categories have ignited the trend for setting high prize pools, and a massive online gaming community.
To say the least, online gaming industry in India has been progressing by leaps and bounds. Till recently, gaming industry in India was not perceived as a good career option, but not anymore. It has become a significant contributor to India’s GDP and the regime’s aim of building world’s largest digitised economy. It is anticipated to double in the near future and become a $1 billion industry by 2021.
If we talk about Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, the former is not surmised to be a part of the mainstream soon. However, the latter has already witnessed Niantic with Pokemon Go become a mainstream hit. With more AR games such as a Harry Potter game along with Magic Leap slated for a launch this year, we can expect bigger and better games in the year.
This spurt in growth is attributed to three primary factors:
Proliferation of Smartphones
India is second only to China as far as the number of mobile and internet users is concerned. Constantly evolving technology is making it possible for the masses to own smartphones and tablets with larger RAM and storage at affordable prices. Now that a high configuration computer system is no longer a essential requirement to play many a thoroughly amusing online game, tech savvy individuals are making the most of it.
Availability of Good Internet Data Packages
Ever since Jio has arrived on the scene, internet data packages have become really tempting. Now, people have easy access to 3G and 4g high speed net connection at reasonable costs. With this, the app ecosystem in general along with mobile games and video streaming have been recording significant growth.
Smart Monetary Options
With a plethora of payment options to choose from, developers, gaming companies as well as gamers have been finding it pretty comfortable to transfer funds. Most gaming portals accept and disburse payments via a variety of modes such as Credit and Debit cards, Net banking, Wire Transfer, Paytm, PayUmoney, Airtel Money and Rupay Card etc.
Fantastic combination of the above aspects is leading to a phenomenal rise in the popularity of online games in India. This combination also ensures that a lot of online games are within easy reach of all and sundry. Also, there are no any time or place constraints. Researches indicate that the gaming market of India is expected to catapult as the youth will add 190 million to the online gamer base by 2021.
As of now, there are an estimated more than 120 million gamers in India and they generally play for half an hour every time they log in. According to industry figures, nearly 500 million downloads take place on different gadgets every month, of which about a tenth are for rummy games. Companies in this modern industry are focussing on game technology and augmentation of user experience. Another worth mentioning point is that integration of block chain technology to the online gaming environment might give a further fillip to these games.
It would be safe to deduce that the Indian gaming industry is set to become one of the biggest and fastest growing game markets across the globe. Besides, gamers can expect even better technology to come their way soon. Gamers from a wide demography are jumping on to the online gaming bandwagon like never before. It is a great time to be a part of the Indian gaming ecosystem because the concept is simply mind boggling.