India is home to 507 million gamers, of which around 120 million are paid game users, with at least $20 in revenue per user.
Date of publication – 12:05 pm, Sunday – 25 December 22
New Delhi: Mobile gaming has taken India by storm this year, with the popularity of mobile gaming increasing among the youth, especially millennials and Gen Z.
India’s gaming market reached $2.6 billion in revenue this year, which is expected to quadruple to $8.6 billion by 2027, according to a report by Lumikai, a gaming and interactive media venture capital fund.
India is home to 507 million gamers, of which around 120 million are paid game users, with at least $20 in revenue per user. With 15 billion downloads, India was the world’s largest consumer of mobile games in FY2022.
Nearly 48 percent of gamers spend money on mid-core games, while 65 percent of paying gamers said they’ve made in-app purchases at least once, according to the report.
Indians spend an average of 8.5 hours a week on mobile games.
Three big trends are changing the mobile gaming industry: better gameplay, improved graphics, and new monetization models.
As the gaming community is growing in India like a rollercoaster, developers are trying their best to bring new games to satisfy the gamers.
Here are the top 5 mobile games that can make a mark in 2023:
1. Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile
Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile from the gaming company Activision Publishing is a tactical shooter with a mobile Battle Royale gaming experience. The game will allow up to 120 live players in a match on mobile. It’s the next era of the Call of Duty franchise.
The game will be available on iOS and Android devices, and is expected to be released next year. However, pre-registrations for the game have begun on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
2. Underworld Gang Wars (UGW)
Underworld Gang Wars (UGW) by Mayhem-Studios is the most promising battle royale mobile game that will be rooted in India and built for gangsters. It will be available on Android and iOS devices, and pre-registrations for the game are open and have even surpassed 2 million.
The game features a gang war between two opposing sides. It is up to the players to “choose a side and defend it with your might.”
3. Rainbow Six: Mobile
Tactical shooter Rainbow Six: Mobile is a competitive and multiplayer first-person shooter game. Players can compete in the classic “Attack vs. Defense” game modes. Players can play as Attacker or Defender in fast-paced 5v5 matches and engage in intense hand-to-hand combat while making timely tactical decisions.
The Ubisoft-owned game will be available on both iOS and Android devices. The game developer had announced in September that it is launching a closed beta for some players who have pre-registered the game.
4. Battlefield Mobile
Battlefield Mobile is from the video game company Electronic Arts. It is an action game where players can play high-intensity combat between players in epic, large-scale battles. The game allows players to explore destructible 3D maps and war environments on a scale that only Battlefield can bring to mobile.
It will be available on both Android and iOS devices, and is expected to launch in early 2023. However, pre-registrations for the game have begun on app stores.
5. Dragon Siege: Kingdom Conquest
Dragon Siege: Kingdom Conquest’ is a massively multiplayer casual fantasy game (MMO) by NDREAM Corporation. In this game, players can start an exciting adventure in the Fantasy World, Dragonia. Players can expand their village, farm and harvest resources, and can even fight with other players. They can also build their troops in real time and enjoy strategic combat.
This game will only be available on Android devices and pre-registrations for the game have already started on Google Play Store.