A report prepared by IAMAI in collaboration with OnePlus and RedSeer has estimated that the Indian gaming market is poised to reach USD 6-7 billion in value by 2025. The report also highlighted that 40% of the hardcore gamers pay for their games with an average spend of INR 230 per month. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the organic growth of digital games as mobile app downloads grew by 50% and user engagement went up by 20%, the study says. The increased gaming time has spurred the growth of hardcore gamers in India, even as casual games remain the most popular genre in India.
The report was launched today by Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary of the Industries & Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology (IT), Department of the Telangana Government, Saurabh Gaur, Joint Secretary Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, in the presence of Navnit Nakra, Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of India Sales, OnePlus India, and Rajen Vagadia, Vice President and President, Qualcomm at a Roundtable discussion around E-Gaming hosted by IAMAI moderated by RedSeer, Associate Partner, Kanishka Mohan.
“We are at the cusp of a gaming revolution and the gaming ecosystem is working towards user-friendly smartphones and leveraging 5G technologies,” said Ranjan, speaking at the roundtable.
While launching the report titled ‘Building up the e-gaming ecosystem of India and the influence of smartphones’, by OnePlus, the global technology brand in partnership with IAMAI and RedSeer, Ranjan also talked about the growth potential of the gaming sector and the significance of user-friendly devices for the same.
“The gaming sector has underlined the significance of affordable Smartphones with capable hardware. I am happy that parallelly, work is going on to make phones more user-friendly for gaming by leveraging 5G technology, developments in AI/ML, and hardware manufacturing.”
Gaur added, “The [global] gaming industry can be matched with electronics, and consoles could be manufactured in India.” He also voiced support for creating games for the Indian audience, based on Indian culture.
Indian gaming has leap-frogged into the mobile gaming era due to the rapid increase in smartphone penetration in the country, with large console and PC games now being curated for mobile platforms. The sector is also attracting huge investment interest, with nearly USD 1 bn being invested in the sector in the last 6 months.
India is currently home to over 430 mn mobile gamers and the number of gamers is estimated to grow to 650 mn by 2025. Currently, mobile gaming dominates the Indian gaming sector, contributing more than 90% to the USD 1.6 bn gaming market and is expected to further grow to generate USD 3.9 Bn value by 2025, the report added.
Smartphones have become more affordable and pack strong hardware that is equipped to run games which may require medium to high Specifications. This has opened accessibility to more immersive gaming for the masses, with smartphone OEMs also increasingly focusing on incorporating dedicated gaming features on their newest devices and launching gaming-specific phones.
Speaking at the session, Navnit Nakra, Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of India Sales, OnePlus India, said, “Over the past few years, the e-gaming industry in India has grown tremendously, driven by the rising avenues for digitization promoted by the flagship initiative of the government, the Digital India program and improved accessibility centered around innovation and affordability by OEMs. At OnePlus, our community has always been at the heart of everything we do and therefore, we have been leading the charge in introducing the most advanced features and have built partnerships with industry leaders to provide a seamless gaming experience on OnePlus smartphones. We are happy to have partnered with IAMAI and Redseer as the report has served as a unique avenue for the industry to gain actionable insights and come together to drive meaningful discourse and innovative ideas".
Rajen Vagadia, Vice President and President, Qualcomm, shared, “In the last 12 years, we had to update our GPUs (Graphics Processing Unit) over 700 times, that’s the demand coming in from the consumers.” He also underlined that certain efforts are being undertaken to nurture esports and ensure that it is seen as a field that can be taken up professionally as well.