The increasing availability of affordable smartphones and high-speed internet has made gaming more accessible to Indians than ever before. As per available data, the number of eSports players in India was estimated to be over 600,000 as of 2022.
In addition, the rise of mobile gaming has been a major driver of eSports growth in India. Mobile games are more accessible and affordable than PC or console games, and they can be played anywhere, anytime. This has made them incredibly popular among Indian gamers and has paved the way for the rise of many online tournaments.
Technology is also being used to improve the eSports experience for both players and spectators. For example, artificial intelligence (AI) is being used to develop new tools and strategies for players and to improve the realism and immersion of games. AI is also being used to develop new ways for spectators to interact with eSports tournaments, such as through virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).
The future possibilities of eSports in India are very bright according to several industry insiders. The country has a large and growing population of gamers, and the government is supportive of the eSports industry. In addition, it is believed that since India is investing heavily in new technologies such as 5G and AI, this will further boost the growth of eSports.
Here are some specific examples of how technology is being used to boost India’s eSports sector:
Tech collabs: Through technological collaborations, Indian firms are tying up with global gaming corporations to harness AI-powered goods and services to attract more players and engage viewers.
Broadcasting: Indian eSports tournaments are being broadcast on a variety of platforms, including streaming services, and social media. This is helping to reach a wider audience and increase the popularity of eSports in India.
Game development: Game developers are creating new mobile eSports games that are specifically designed for the Indian market. This is helping to gain the interest of potential Indian gamers.
Consoles: The availability of eSports consoles in India has played a role in the eSports sector’s growth. However, console gaming is still considered to be a luxury for many Indians, and mobile gaming is the dominant gaming platform in the country. Despite this, console eSports is still growing in popularity. This is due in part to the increasing availability of affordable consoles, such as the PlayStation and Xbox. This is encouraging more Indian gamers to pick up console gaming and to compete in eSports tournaments.
The inclusion of eSports as a medal event at the 2023 Asian Games is a major milestone for the sector in India. It is a testament to the growing popularity and recognition of eSports in India. It is also likely to further boost the growth of the industry in India, as more young people are inspired to take up eSports as a professional career.