Young people in India have always liked to enjoy life to the fullest and make the most of things. One of the major ways we are seeing that right now is through online gaming. This basically sees you play games via the internet rather than in person or on an offline PC or console.
Online gaming actually has a lot going for it in terms of convenience, cost and how it fits in with our modern lifestyles. 2019 was a big year for this industry in India and saw it really break into the mainstream. This has led many to predict that 2020 will see it perform even better.
But what are the major trends that could make this happen?
VR could be set to take off
This is a prediction that many people make at the start of every year! VR has taken off as a tool for education, businesses and healthcare professionals, and it’s even utilised by individuals who want to improve their personal health. However, many people involved with online gaming in the country believe that VR could finally be a big deal around India in the next 12 months.
But why might this happen now, when it hasn’t in previous years? The simple answer is that the hardware you need to play VR games online has come down in price, which means the average Indian can now afford it. In addition, VR tech is now more advanced and suitable for providing a superb online gaming experience.
Playing at online casinos
One of the biggest trends that has been building in India recently has been playing casino games online. This is particularly true among the younger generation of Indians, who do not have traditional hang-ups around gambling or trying to make some extra cash in this way.
There are some awesome online casinos in India now that you could play card games or slots at – just make sure to do your research first to find one that is safe and fun to use.
Figures from 2019 showed that the entire online gambling market in India was worth 62 billion rupees, with this figure due to rise dramatically in the next few years. Online casino play is and will be a huge trend in that rise within the country if everything continues as it is now.
Cloud-based gaming services to grow
It is not only online casino gaming that could be set to really grow in 2020. Video games are a popular part of youth culture in India and we could see cloud-based subscription play shoot up here as well. Indian gamers always like to be on the cutting edge of tech advancements and have been eager to have online video game services to subscribe to for a while now.
This would see people pay a monthly fee to use a service that is the equivalent of Netflix for online video games. Once paid up, Indian players get access to a huge range of titles from a selection of top publishers.
Desi games could take off in a big way
Audiences around the world have begun to prefer localised online gaming content in recent years, with India being no exception to this. It is not hard to see why – being in familiar surroundings with language and cultural references you understand can make for a much more enjoyable experience.
2020 could well see more game studios and online sites pitch specific Indian content to the Indian market. Trends in this niche could prompt more online games to be produced just for the Indian market, based on movies or TV shows that are popular here.
Mobile gaming to grow even more
We all know that playing games on a tablet or smartphone is something most younger Indians love. 2020 is set to see this trend get even bigger, thanks to improved mobile network technology.
It is expected that 5G will be rolled out across India within a year, which will give people faster connections for gaming online. When you also factor in that many more free wifi spots are expected to pop up in several locations, it is easy to see why more people than ever may use their mobile devices for online gaming in the coming year.
2020 could be a massive year for Indian online gaming
When we talk about online gaming in India, it is easy to forget that it is a term that covers a wide field. From playing online casino games to enjoying online video games or playing via your mobile phone, using the internet to have fun is not limited to one choice.
As the above shows, the next 12 months is set to see this sector in Indian life grow and more people than ever get into playing games online.
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