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Rummy, an Online Hit Among Online Gamers

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Rummy is becoming a hit among Online Gamers.
Rummy is becoming a hit among Online Gamers.

The passion for online games is growing and steadily moving towards $1 billion or Rs 6400 crore industry by 2021. Also, with almost everyone having a smartphone, there is a significant increase in the number of online gamers with India alone to have whooping 30 crore gamers by 2021.

Joining this bandwagon of excited players are the card gamers that make games like rummy and teen patti among the highest grossing app games in the country. What clicks with the Indian players is the immediate connection of a traditional card game with the blend of technology and ease of online world.

Games that will be really popular

The maximum growth will be driven by freemium games of different genre. An average gamer spends around 1/3 of his budget from online entertainment on games. Now combine this with the fact that the online games are predominantly selected on suggestions by friends and family. And these friends and family are inclined towards games with strategy, skill and puzzle.

Once more, this brings us back to card games of skills like rummy that blends in perfect with all the requirements and preferences of an online player.

  • He gets a game that he has seen and played from his childhood
  • The game is based on skill and strategy and his friends seem to love it
  • It is available in the freemium and free to play model

Further, these games are light and doesn’t eat away data. With the mobile penetration increasing rapidly, online rummy can be played on simple smartphones that support the landscape mode. Without the requirement of owning a very high end smartphone, card games have been able to reach each and every corner of the country.

How rummy takes the leap forward

With so many card games competing for the first position, what makes rummy come out as a clear winner? There is more than one factor working in its favour. Rummy is a game of skill and it is absolutely legal to play this game for real cash. Of course, that means that players can play rummy online for cash like they have done for ages and now win big cash prizes for every win.

The online world makes all of this a cake walk. You download the app, register and pick games to play. The rummy rules remain the same, and games are running non-stop and round the clock. When previously, players had to look for rummy buddies, now they just tap and start.

Security is another plus that is big for card games. All online card players have security certificates, anti-collision control and secure payment channels. Pay with credit card and get the winning amount in your bank account; it’s that simple.

You can also go through a detailed guide to know “How to play rummy

How is the future looking?

Online gaming is nearly a Rs. 1,200-crore industry and is charting forward with a 70% growth rate. The earlier reservations around card games like cheating, playing unlimited tables etc. are all brought under control with the online games. Online game companies have put strong anti-collusion, anti-fraud detection mechanism that ensures the authenticity and fairness in the game play.

“Before playing for money, all players are required to get their phone numbers, ID and address proof verified so that the companies can carry out appropriate KYC checks, much like those mandated by the RBI for mobile wallets,” says Thampy, CEO Play Games24x7.

These online game companies pay GST on every game and Income Tax on the overall income as well. The gaming industry in total pays around Rs. 150 crore a year as taxes to the government. What can be clearly predicted for online games like rummy is the growth in the mobile space with players enjoying large cash tournaments and games. Rummy games are live, played with real players and are easy to pick and join and that’s what clicks with today’s gamers the most.

 

 

 

 

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Online Games: What Risks Do They Pose To Children?

Additionally, parents should monitor their children’s gaming habits closely to ensure that they do not fall victim of any cybercrimes

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Sitting at a computer with jutting head forward to look more closely at the screen compresses the neck and can cause fatigue, headaches.

Taking a step back, kids used to gather around in the field to get to enjoy their creative games such as soccer. Not to say that they do not do this today, but to say that they have alternative pastime games to play such as Caillou games– thanks to the internet. Digital technology has indeed made waves in the gaming industry. And children are now able to access online games quickly. Like any other invention, there is always two sides of the coin; the good and the bad. In as much as playing online games is beneficial, there are also some risks that they pose to your children. Let’s dig deeper into some of these risks;

  1. Addiction

Perhaps this is one of the main dangers that children are exposed to when playing online games. Online gaming brought a lot of conveniences as the games are easily accessible. As such, without necessary restrictions being taken by the parent, a child can easily fall to gaming addiction. Setting time limits is a considerable measure to be taken as it ensures that your child doesn’t get hooked. Secondly, parents should also monitor their children’s gaming habits. Some of the warning signs of addiction include a child always being on their phones, withdrawing from family members, sudden changes of behaviors and so on.

  1. Cyberbullying

It is quite unfortunate that children are at the risk of being bullied even in the online space. Sometimes when your child is playing against other players, they may receive threatening messages which instil fear in them. Sometimes, they are even threatened to be killed if they tell their parents about it. However, as aforementioned, it is vital for parents to monitor the gaming habits of their children. If you notice any sudden changes in their behaviour, it is good to talk to your child to find out what is going on. Additionally, upon the realization that your child is a victim of cyberbullying, you can either report the issue or block the block bully.

  1. Malware

Viruses slowly creep in console devices, tablets or even through smartphones. Therefore, parents need to be very keen on the types of games their child is downloading. Some of them come in as links and the moment the kid clicks it; the virus gets into your computer. And oftentimes, before you get to realise that your device is malware-infected, the virus will have already done a lot of damage. Therefore, it is crucial first to install anti-virus software. Significantly more,  lock the play store by setting a password so that your kids don’t download any game without their consent.

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  1. Privacy issues

Parents need to start gaming conversations as soon as they realize their children are getting interested in online games. Let them know that they need to take care of themselves in the online space. Also, inform them that they should never use their real names on this accounts and neither should they share any information with any gamer on the site. Sharing their personal information is one way that cybercriminals use to manipulate your kids and threaten them. And to avoid this, it is best to take the necessary precautions.

  1. Health risks

We cannot neglect the fact that there are a number of health risks associated with continuous gaming. For one, if a child spends too much time seated in front of the computer, they might start complaining about back pains, neck pains, fatigue and eyesight problems. However, all these can be avoided by ensuring that children don’t spend too much time in front of the computer and secondly by making sure they have a comfortable gaming setting.

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  1. Sexual exploitation

Sometimes, when a child is looking for online games to download, they might stumble upon games that have some sexual content. If not keen enough, the child might get introduced to sexual content and pornographic materials at a very early stage. Also, there have been a lot of cases where malicious people start chatting with children only for them to begin exploiting them sexually. Watch out for such!

Take Away

As children start gaming online, parents should talk to them about the risks too. Additionally, parents should monitor their children’s gaming habits closely to ensure that they do not fall victim of any cybercrimes.