Online gaming has become a major industry in India in recent years. There are approximately 300 million people in the country who spend time playing online games. It’s estimated that this number will increase to 440 million by the year 2022.
This rise in the number of gamers has turned gaming into a billion dollar industry that is attracting attention from big name international gaming names like Tencent, Youzu and Nazara. It has also led to an increase in the amount of time people spend playing games online.
Rise in time spent gaming
The biggest rise in time spent online gaming has been seen in the younger community of the country. On average, 18-25 year-old Indian gamers spend 6 hours playing at a time. Around one in ten of them spend upwards of 10 hours playing at a time.
Even away from the younger people in society, there has been an approximately 10% rise in the time that gamers spend playing online at one time. This is good news for an industry which is relying on people continuing to invest significant amounts of money on gaming activities. Current trends suggest that most of this investment will be in the mobile gaming market, with downloads a popular choice. However, there is also still an appetite for online gaming via desktop or laptop.
Popular online games in India
It’s a certainty that people in India are spending more time than ever binge gaming; but which games are they choosing?
There is considerable appetite for playing casino table games online, such as Netent’s blackjack game. They provide the opportunity for people to learn new games and even challenge others in live play.
Away from casino content, there are other hugely popular online games that gamers choose such as PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty: Mobile and Clash of Clans. These games have all become part of the urban landscape and are especially popular with the younger generation of players in India.
These are the games that make up the biggest part of the online gaming binge. They are set to be joined by an ever increasing number of other titles, from the big developers and from smaller Indian gaming startups like Nazara and Moonfrog Labs.
Online gaming is not a new phenomenon but it has significantly increased in popularity recently; especially, amongst the youth population of India. People are gaming for hours at a time. This can involve their own solo play at card games or playing games like Clash of Clans with other gamers.
This means that online gaming for hours is not necessarily an anti-social activity. It simply involves interacting with friends in a different way; by gaming with them online. It’s a choice of social activity that only seems set to grow in the years to come. It’s likely that more people will become involved with gaming online and that they will spend even more time gaming each time that they play.