The rise of mobile-based esports is driving demand for better devices, catalyzing a larger and richer mobile gaming ecosystem; and creating more diverse opportunities for everyone in the ecosystem, from professional gamers, commentators, influencers, and game designers to event management companies. Compared to developed eSports markets such as the US and Japan, the Indian eSports market is still at an early stage and is poised to witness significant growth in this decade, Sachin Kalantri, director, told BGR.in product marketing senior at Qualcomm India on Tuesday.
The esports industry in India has been growing thanks to games like Fortnite, Call Of Duty: Mobile, etc. These games have been hosting a bunch of tournaments in India with a huge prize pool to boost the esports culture in the country. India’s participation in esports remains small. India ranks 16th in terms of revenue earned from esports, far behind China, the US and South Korea.
“India has a rich heritage in sports, and gaming enthusiasts are always looking for new avenues to improve their skills and display their dominance. While online gaming was extremely popular even before, post-pandemic there has been a significant change in the number of people participating in esports. Industry reports estimate that the total size of India’s esports industry will reach Rs 1.1 billion by FY 2025, given the huge appetite for versatile and adaptable sports models. With global tournaments and prize pools, esports appeals to people of all ages. Gamers can benefit from MediaTek’s powerful APU that enables new AI-based imaging enhancements along with low-latency 5G and Wi-Fi connections, intelligent multi-network balancing, and resource management that maximizes battery life.” Anku Jain, CEO of MediaTek India. .
The opportunities in the gaming industry are huge in India and in the coming years even budding gamers from tier 3 or 4 cities can rise to fame with the right set of skills and efforts and the launch of the 5G data network will further boost the mobile gaming sector in India. Reliable wireless connectivity is essential for a good multiplayer mobile gaming experience. Mobile eSports requires good connectivity and some other network features, all of which can be met with 5G.
Qualcomm also conducted a “Mobile Gaming in India” survey among 2,273 active smartphone gamers to understand gamers’ attitudes, behavior and perceptions. The survey examined the lives of Gen Z mobile gamers who turned to gaming when the pandemic brought all outdoor activities to a halt. Respondents were recruited from the Qualcomm Conquest database and supplemented by a third-party online panel. The survey examined the relationship between gaming and socializing for casual, enthusiast and professional gamers in metropolitan, tier 1 and tier 2 cities in India.
The survey revealed that for 72% of the respondents, games were a means of mental simulation, with the opinion of peers having the greatest influence on their choice of games. About 80% of those surveyed said they changed settings while gaming, with slow charging, battery issues, and processor performance being the biggest pain points. The survey also found that respondents expected software optimization and better game modes for an enhanced experience.
Understanding user preferences is the key to designing newer, more immersive gaming experiences.
“Currently gaming and esports is one of the fastest growing industries in India. By blurring the lines between entertainment, technology and sports, this industry has grown tremendously in terms of reach and data consumption. The availability of low cost gaming phones and high speed internet has contributed to the growth of a larger gaming community with a very specific esports audience. Seeing this as an opportunity, manufacturers are producing software and devices with new-age technologies such as ultra-high-definition, low-latency video, augmented and mixed reality experiences. We are also witnessing the rise of wearable technologies such as VR headsets and different types of trackers, which provide immersive experiences not only for gamers, but also for viewers,” said Sanjay Gupta, Vice President and General Manager of India, NXP Semiconductors. .
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