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With cutting-edge technologies now available in smartphones, the mobile gaming industry is among the fastest booming segments in India. The whole scenario is set to witness a sea change with the roll out of 5G technology in smartphones which are already 5G-enabled.
India is currently home to over 430 million mobile gamers and the number is estimated to grow to 650 million by 2025, according to latest data provided by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). As the Indian gaming market is poised to hit $3.9 billion (in value) by 2025, over 40 per cent of hardcore mobile gamers are paying for their games with an average spend of Rs 230 per month.
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The pandemic has accelerated the organic growth of digital games as mobile app downloads grew by 50 per cent and user engagement went up by 20 per cent, the IAMAI report said. At nearly 500 million, India is currently second in terms of smartphone users in the world after China.
The opportunities in the gaming industry are enormous in India, and, in the years ahead, even budding gamers from tier 3 or 4 cities can rise to fame with the right set of skills and efforts. According to experts, the launch of the 5G data network will further boost the mobile gaming sector in India. Sachin Kalantari, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Qualcomm India, said that gaming has become a popular form of entertainment and a tool for social/family interactions.
"Advent of 5G in India will drive this momentum even further and enhance gaming experiences due to factors like higher data speeds, lower latency, and technologies like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Moreover, to address this upcoming demand and meet consumer expectations, many OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) have already launched a range of 5G-enabled smartphones," Kalantari told IANS.
India is currently home to over 430 million mobile gamers.Pixabay
India is one of the most important gaming markets among developing economies in the world. With over 75 per cent of the population under age 45, it is one of the most promising online gaming marketplaces.
"A majority of Indians have realised that mobile gaming is not just a source of enjoyment or entertainment, but also a source of earning real money. Higher adoption of smartphones, wider internet access, a large number of mobile-first games, and influencers with huge fan bases are also catalysing the growth of gaming in India," Anku Jain, MD of leading smartphone chip-maker MediaTek India, told IANS.
As developers focus on creating more women and child-led games, the gaming community is expected to grow by several folds from more exposure and innovations in the field.
"The inclusion of online games as an official sport for medal events at the eAsian Games 2022' will be a game-changer. We will witness a steady increase in esports tournaments," said Sean (Hyunil) Sohn, Head of India Division at Krafton, the developer of 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' (PUBG).
The gaming community is expected to grow by several folds from more exposure and innovations in the field.Unsplash
Indian gaming has joined the mobile gaming bandwagon 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 investments, with nearly $1 billion being invested in the sector in the last six months.
"Today, everyone is looking at digital for productivity, while entertainment, fun and socialization is something that people are preferring offline in the real world. Perhaps in 2023 when we see more of the metaverse happening, gaming might see some newness attracting attention," said Faisal Kawoosa, founder and chief analyst, Techarc. (IANS/SP)
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Google-owned YouTube on Thursday revealed a list of top videos as well as creators for 2021 and gaming along with comedy videos that have topped the chart in India.
In 2021, gaming leveled up, emerging as a rich and diverse ground for storytelling and community building, with a notable presence across top creators, top breakout creators, top women breakout creators and even top YouTube Shorts creators.
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"The main idea behind coming up with a list of popular creators is to inspire new creators. YouTube has given a proper platform both small as well as big communities. With the expansion of regional languages, the platform is ready to cater the needs of every content creators as well as consumers," Satya Raghavan, Director of YouTube Content Partnerships, India, told IANS.
"Our viewers turned to YouTube to learn new skills, hone newfound passions, discover content to watch with friends and family, and foster a shared sense of community," he added.
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While Round2Hell's 40-minute long horror-comedy zombie apocalypse short film became the #1 trending video, comedy did just as well in short-form video.
Tamil sensation Enjoy Enjaami, set off a drumbeat of content inspired by the Tamil Hit reaction videos, cover songs including some in Hindi and Malayalam, animated re-creations, re-creations within FreeFire, make-up tutorials, and even a PSA by the Kerala Police! Our Top Shorts creator A2 Motivation emerged as the most famous videos on the platform.
"Our viewers turned to YouTube to learn new skills, hone newfound passions, discover content to watch with friends and family, and foster a shared sense of community," he added. | Unsplash
"2021 showed us that even in challenging times, the inventiveness and creativity of our ecosystem can bring help and hope to the lives of millions of Indians. It's time to celebrate the content and creators that made YouTube an indelible part of our popular culture, and in fact our lives," Raghavan added.
In addition, Bhuvan Bam (BB Ki Vines) web series, Dhindora, Telugu channels Filmymoji and Funmoji, The Viral Fever (TVF) web-show Aspirants, Dice Media's Operation MBBS and Clutch, Telugu shows like 30 weds 21 by Girl Formula and Surya featuring Shanmukh Jaswanth in the lead, emerged as some of the top shows this year on YouTube. (IANS/SP)
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2020 was the year when the Covid-19 pandemic was at its peak height all across the world. Before the pandemic, the growth of online gambling was already rising but with technology and cryptocurrency as its driving force the shut out of the land-based casinos and entertainment sources led to the phenomenal growth of online casinos games. Online gambling has become an exciting hobby, side hustle, or even the main source of income for some.
The extensive growth of online casino games had led to the transformation of land-based casinos to the online mode. The world of online casino games provides their player with unlimited access to virtually endless choices of casino games with no time limit on it.
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Some of the most popular games to play online among players are:
Blackjack has always been on the top of the list of popular casino games, truly a classic with easy-to-learn rules and player-friendly strategies it has earned its popularity even in the online gambling world. With correctly applied strategies a player can easily drive the house edge to zero, implying you can easily earn profit out of blackjack. Live Blackjack offers several standard and VIP tables to multiple devices in real-time.
Slots are the largest variety game in online casino games. The player does not need any calculated strategies or be a pro to try their hand at these games. All the skills required to play slots are to simply place your wager as per their budget, press the spin button and wait. You can increase your chances of winning by including a larger wager and more spins. Betting options differ, and so do the features of the online slot games.
Like Blackjack, Roulette is also a classic casino table game that has been played for centuries. A simple game of chance, where the player has to choose a combination of color, number, or combinations of either to determine the likelihood of their win. The online roulette game fulfills the 3D variants of the game. There are low-risk bets and high-risk bets, and the payout amounts vary accordingly.
Roulette is a classic casino table game that has been played for centuriesPixabay
Baccarat is a popular card game where you compare hands between the "player" and the "banker". Most online casinos offer the digital version of the game, with several variants which include mini-baccarat, punto banco, speed baccarat, and baccarat squeeze. The player can make their bet on either the "banker" or the "player" based on probability and their intuition on whom they think will win. Then the cards are placed and the numbers decide the winner of the game. Baccarat is one of the most extensively played casino games.
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Poker lies on the complex side of online casino games, as it requires continuous learning and skill-building. But once a player learns how to apply the strategies to the game, it's hard to not get hooked to the game. The online casinos offer three types of poker gaming experiences including, video poker, electronic poker, and live poker.
With 24/7 availability of casino games that provide endless thrill and entertainment has led to the expansion of the online gaming industry. They provide you with all sorts of variety for online games for the player to invest their money in. Adding to the variety, online casino sites also provide the player with various bonuses to make use of for better chances of making money.
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Gambling has always been one of the most popular sports among people. It is not limited to one group of people, the sport doesn't require the players to have any qualifications besides being a certain age and above depending on the country, men, women, young, old, wherever you come from, whoever you are, we're all equal as players on a casino table. Many casinos now have online sites for their players to enjoy the games at their comfort and leisure.
Online Casino games have become one of the best ways for people to spend their free time. Especially during the pandemic when the world was put under lockdown casinos shifted online and the punters have enjoyed the same entertainment and excitement sitting at their homes. Online gambling games are becoming increasingly popular in the 21st century because this generation prefers to spend time indoors with their online friends. This has inevitably led to the creation of thousands of games to fulfil the rising demand of millions of online players.
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So, what is the reason why Online Casino Games are so popular?
Online Gambling platforms offer hundreds of casino games for the player to choose from that too from some of the best providers in the industry. They provide you with a range of games like baccarat, blackjack, slots, poker and many more. Being online also means that a player can go straight into the game without having to wait for their turn. One can freely enjoy the experience of an actual casino without getting out of their house.
Online Gambling platforms offer hundreds of casino gamesPixabay
Online gaming platforms understand the doubts of their player regarding making online transactions of money as their afraid of their data being stolen. Thus, to build a trusting relationship with their customers, most platforms make sure that they are secured with encryptions and firewalls to prevent loss of data. To name one BetRivers is one of the platforms which safe and easy to use.
In a land-based casino if run into some problem or need assistance from your host you'll need to stop playing, reach out to the information desk, convey your problem and wait until someone comes to solve your problem which is not the case for online gaming platforms. On just one tap customer service is available 24/7 for their players on online platforms.
Covers a large area
Again, in a land-based casino, a player must go to the building themselves. Some casinos may only have one building while some have their branches in different cities and countries. But online casinos invite players from numerous countries from wherever they are to play the games at their comfort. BetRivers online casinos are available for players from different countries from Pennsylvania, Indiana, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia and more
Any person with a tablet, desktop, smartphone and internet connection can easily access the games and play online. Online casinos give the players to enjoy the games at any time and anywhere they like.
Chances of winning
If a player has zero chances of winning one can't call it gambling. Online casino games provide the player with several combinations of risk and rewards where they can lose the money or win the money put on the table. Players have to pay a minimal fee to get a chance to win, the higher the money you put on stakes the higher is the reward for winning. For example, a player can sometimes win an outrageous amount of money while playing slots and in games like blackjack which has the best odds of winning that has a low house edge one can for sure win some amount of money.
The majority of players play casino games to enjoy the adrenaline rush, have fun or simply just casually kill their free time. In today's world, online casinos have emerged as safe, secure, fun, and amazing platforms for player to access their games online and win some profit while playing.