PwC predicts video games and esports revenue will reach INR 24,212 crore in 2025.
India.- A report by PwC titled “Entertainment & Media Outlook 2021‑2025” predicts that the Indian gaming industry will continue to grow.
According to the report, video games and esports revenue reached INR 11,250 crores in 2020 and will hit INR 24,212 crores in 2025, with a 16.5 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR).
The social/casual category accounted for 77 per cent of all video games and esports revenue in 2020, while the mobile esports sector is expected to see rapid expansion, at a 31.6 per cent CAGR.
In June, Maple Capital Advisors’ report “Indian Gaming – At an inflexion point” analysed the growth of the online gambling sector in India during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The report revealed that investments in the online gambling sector passed US$500m in the period, exceeding what was invested in the previous five years.
According to analysts, India, which has over 15 per cent of global gaming traffic, is strongly positioned as a gaming market and is increasingly of interest to global majors.
The report revealed consumer awareness and engagement rose during the period, with 47 per cent of internet users spending time using gaming apps and 50 per cent of smartphone users playing mobile games.
Salone Sehgal, managing director of Lumikai, said: “Having tracked the Indian gaming market for the last decade, I have never seen gaming usage, consumption, monetisation and infrastructure converge in the manner it has in 2020.”
At the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, between April and June 2020, companies saw daily downloads increase five times and traffic surge of 44 per cent.