India is one of the youngest countries to join the esports party. Multiplayer games are gaining traction in the country more than ever as streamers, tournaments, and even the esports coaching industry play a key role. While Indian esports on the PC front continues to grow gradually, India’s mobile gaming industry has made a huge leap in the past few years, and there are good reasons for that.
“The proliferation of low-cost cell phones and low-cost data packets not only resulted in millions of Indians gambling but also consuming large amounts of digital content. This created the perfect foundation for a prosperous and thriving mobile esports ecosystem,” said Randall Fernandez, general manager from Team Vitality told socialmediagossips.com
Team Vitality is one of the most popular esports teams in Europe and the world and competes in titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, F1, FIFA, Fortnite, Hearthstone, League of Legends, PUBG, Rainbow Six Siege and more.
However, the team recently ventured into mobile esports too, starting with an all-Indian roster for Call of Duty Mobile. This is also the Paris-based team’s first step to play outside of Europe.
“Improved mobile graphics, immersive gaming experiences, and emerging cloud-based game streaming services continue to keep serious and casual gamers alike sticky. So it’s not surprising that 90% of the country’s 400 million online gamers consider cell phones their gaming device of choice, ”added Fernandez.
The cost factor plays such a big role
According to Fernandez, who was previously Country Manager for Sony PlayStation in India, gaming behavior in Asian countries varies greatly from region to region and is often linked to the “social, economic and spending habits in this region”.
He points out that markets like the Middle East are very different compared to India. In the former case, consoles are common and a household may have two or even three consoles. This is also the reason why more esports tournaments in these regions are console-based.
“While the game ecosystem in Southeast Asia is different in each country, each of them is a mobile-first market like India, which is also reflected in the mobile esports that dominate this region. AT THE Newzoo and Gamescom Asia A study last year found that 82% of the urban online population in Southeast Asia (Southeast Asia) are gamers, with 80% playing on mobile devices, 69% on PCs and 57% on consoles, ”added Fernandez.
In contrast, in India, gaming PCs and consoles such as the Xbox series or the Sony PlayStation series are still considered a luxury in many households. On the contrary, playing on your phone is more pocket-friendly and makes it easier for beginners to get started with the ecosystem.
The same titles that apply to high-end dedicated gaming phones and flagship devices are also available for budget and mid-range phones with lower graphics and frame rate settings.
This is unlike consoles, which cost a lot, and PC games, where a decent gaming rig or laptop costs a lot more than a performance-oriented smartphone. Other costs come into play when you factor in items such as peripherals, high-performance broadband / fiber connections, and the cost of the games themselves.
“One of the main reasons games like PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty: Mobile, Free Fire, etc. have become so successful is that their gameplay is not affected by in-game purchases. A player can win the game without spending a single rupee. Unfortunately, most PC games have a high initial cost, ”explains Fernandez.
Challenges for PC gamers
Cost aside aside, gamers in India tend to take the mobile route for a variety of other reasons, many of which happen to be challenges for PC gamers around the world. One of the more obvious, besides the cost, is the lack of portability.
Fernandez explains that while mobile gamers can easily take their cell phones anywhere with connectivity and still play, PC gamers are grounded because of their settings.
This is solved to some extent by gaming laptops that people can carry around with them. However, even with most gaming laptops, you need to stay connected for the best performance. With cell phones, even the most feature-packed dedicated gaming devices are still handhelds, so you can carry them around as easily as if you put them in your pocket. This makes smartphones not only the most affordable window for casual gaming and esports, but also the most portable for gamers on the go.
When it comes to mobile gaming, there is still a lack of experience from PC games and consoles
While smartphones have the edge in terms of cost and portability, the performance of even the best-equipped gaming phones comes nowhere near the performance and graphics capabilities of a decent gaming PC or console. This gives PC games more depth, detail, and generally a larger pool of memory and performance that can be used for different titles.
“There are certain Triple A titles (video games that are produced and distributed by a medium or large publisher) like FIFA, Red Dead Redemption 2, etc. that require a significant amount of hard drive space and power to run smoothly,” so Fernandez said.
“Unfortunately, handheld manufacturers are unable to find the charged hardware required to play such games. Therefore, mobile gamers are currently having to miss out on playing such titles, ”he added.
4K technology is another video game trend that gives gamers an incredibly lively gaming experience. In fact, all of the latest monitors and laptops come with 4k capable displays. In this area too, PCs are in a better position when they need massive graphics card processing capacity, which the esports team manager says can rarely be matched on cell phones.