The gaming, e-sports sector comes of age

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The gaming, e-sports sector comes of age

Saturday, 20 May 2023 | Apurv Modi

The gaming, e-sports sector comes of age

The gaming and esports industry is rapidly evolving with emerging technologies

The gaming and esports industry has seen tremendous growth over the past few years, and it shows no signs of slowing down. With the rise of new technologies and the changing landscape of how we consume media, the gaming and esports industry is poised for even more growth in the years to come. India’s gaming market is worth $2.6 billion, expected to reach $8.6 billion by 2027.

The rise of internet access and affordable data plans have certainly contributed to the popularity of online gaming in small towns and cities. In the past, gamers in these areas may have had limited access to high-speed internet, making it difficult to play online games that require a strong and stable connection. However, with the increasing availability of internet services and data plans, gamers in these areas are now able to play online games with ease.

Let’s look at some of the trends that will shape the gaming and esports sector shortly:

Mobile Gaming: Mobile gaming has been on the rise for years, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. The convenience and accessibility of mobile gaming have made it a popular option for gamers on the go. With the increasing processing power of smartphones, mobile games are becoming more sophisticated and complex. The mobile gaming industry is expected to reach $98 billion by 2025, which is more than half of the total gaming market.

Cloud Gaming: Cloud gaming is a relatively new technology that allows gamers to stream games from remote servers rather than relying on local hardware. This has the potential to revolutionize the gaming industry by allowing players to play high-end games on any device with an internet connection. Companies like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are investing heavily in cloud gaming, and it’s expected to become a $7 billion industry by 2024.

Esports: Esports has become a massive industry in recent years, with millions of fans tuning in to watch professional gamers compete in tournaments. The esports industry is expected to reach $3 billion by 2025, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. The COVID-19 pandemic has also accelerated the growth of esports, as traditional sports were put on hold, and people turned to esports to fill the void.

Virtual Reality (VR) Gaming: Virtual reality gaming has been around for a few years, but it’s still in its early stages. Technology is becoming more affordable and accessible, and it’s expected to become a $7 billion industry by 2025. VR gaming has the potential to create truly immersive experiences for players, and it could revolutionize the way we play games.

Cross-Platform Gaming: Cross-platform gaming allows players to play games with others on different platforms, such as Xbox, PlayStation, and PC. This has become increasingly popular in recent years, and it’s expected to become even more widespread in the future. Cross-platform gaming has the potential to bring players together and create a more unified gaming community.

Gamification: Gamification is the process of using game design elements in non-gaming contexts, such as education, marketing, and employee training. This trend has been growing in popularity in recent years, and it’s expected to continue to grow in the future. Gamification has the potential to make learning and training more engaging and interactive, and it could be used in a variety of industries.

Not limited to this, the gaming and esports industry is a rapidly evolving space with new technologies and trends emerging all the time. Mobile gaming, cloud gaming, esports, virtual reality gaming, cross-platform gaming, and gamification are just a few of the trends that will shape the industry in the years to come. As technology continues to advance, it will be exciting to see how these trends evolve and shape the future of gaming and esports.

(The writer is MD & Co-Founder, of Tech Almond Solutions)

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