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Mobile gaming space in India to reach new heights in 2020

The market value of mobile gaming in India is estimated to reach approximately $405 million by 2022, according to Statista. However, with the Covid-19 lockdowns it can gain even more users.

March 31, 2020 / 05:07 PM IST

Dinesh Sharma

Computer video games have come a really long way, from an ordinary phosphorous green pixel to photorealistic graphics. However, mobile gaming has been unlike traditional computer games and has been able to leap forward rapidly thanks to modern electronics and technology. Currently, mobile gaming is driving strong engagement and high growth rates due to the sheer penetration of the category being far greater than PC and rapid penetration of better configuration processors/GPUs over lower price points. Many gaming publishers have now launched mobile optimised versions of console and PC games. For example, the in-demand multiplayer battle royale games such as PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty: Mobile, which were initially PC & Console games have seen their usage growth explode once extended to mobile.

Games on the mobile platform now look increasingly realistic and very new generation ‘console-like’. Not just the graphics, the gameplay mechanics - thanks to multi-point touchscreens - are cutthroat and complex, enhancing gameplay like never seen before on a handheld device. Advancements in the GPU have truly unlocked the potential of the mobile gaming market, allowing AAA titles to make better entry as well.

The smartphone displays are already in the next generation with refresh rates reaching 120 Hz, while at the same time offering vivid display technologies such as HDR10, allowing games to run at FHD+ and QHD+ resolution with super-sharp textures. Thanks to bleeding edge gaming focused technologies, consumers are aspiring for smartphones like the ROG Phone 2, which features many world’s first technologies at an alluring price. This is also one of the reasons why it has been easy for games like PUBG Mobile to grab the attention of new generation of gamers everywhere around the world. Even in India, it’s not just a pastime, rather it is competing with the world’s best PUBG Mobile gamers.