The upcoming 5G network rollout in 2022 in India will have a major impact on the relationship between people and digital entertainment. Improving the connectivity of the new generation of mobile networks bring about a profound transformation to the booming mobile gaming sub-sector, providing a whole new user experience.
With ten-fold data download speeds, three-fold spectrum efficiency, and ultra-low latency, all mobile internet activity will be enhanced.
For example, the ease of checking Satta rates live and cricket betting tips of the smartphone will be unprecedented, and mobile gaming will become much more immersive.
India is a mobile-first and a price-conscious nation and currently ranks second in the world in terms of smartphone users whose number approached 85 crore at the end of 2021, according to Statista estimates. According to the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), there are currently 43 crores of mobile gamers in the country and the number is expected to reach 65 crores by 2025.
IAMAI also estimates that over 40% of hardcore mobile gamers pay to play their games with average monthly spend moving around ₹230. Projections on the future growth of the desi games market estimate that its size will reach $3.9 billion by the year. 2025.
“A majority of Indians have realized that mobile gaming is not only a source of fun or entertainment but also a source of real income. Increased adoption of smartphones, wider internet access, large number of games mobiles and influencers with huge fanbases are also catalyzing the growth of gaming in India,” comments Anku Jain, Managing Director of MediaTek India, a leading smartphone chip producer.
Restrictions and lockdowns imposed by Covid-19 fueled organic growth in the mobile gaming industry, with app downloads jumping 50% and user engagement increasing 20% during the pandemic, according to IAMAI data. At the same time, with 75% of its population under the age of 45, India is among the most promising online gaming markets in the world.
“The advent of 5G in India takes this momentum even further and will improve gaming experiences due to factors such as higher data speeds, lower latency and technologies such as VR and reality. In addition, to meet this upcoming demand and meet consumer expectations, many OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) have already launched a range of 5G-enabled smartphones,” says Sachin Kalantari, Senior Marketing Manager product of Qualcomm India.
According to a recent statement from the Union Department of Telecommunications (DoT), the deployment of 5G networks in India will start in 2022 with 13 major cities. Residents of Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune will be the first to experience 5G connectivity. Major telecom operators Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea (Vi) have already conducted 5G trials in the majority of these cities over the past year.
The year 2022 will bring a new stage in the recognition of esports and online games. “The inclusion of online gaming as an official medal sport at the ‘Asian Games 2022’ will be a game-changer. We will see a steady increase in esports tournaments,” comments Sean Hyunil Sohn, Head of India Division of Krafton, the company that developed ‘Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds’ (PUBG).
“Today everyone looks digital for productivity, while entertainment, fun and socializing is something people prefer offline in the real world. Maybe in 2023 when we see more metaverse happens, the game might see something new catch the eye,” Techarc founder and chief analyst Faisal Kawoosa said.
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