‘State of India Gaming Report 2022’ was released by Lumikai and Amazon Web Services recently which brought about a number of new revelations. The report highlights that the Indian e-sports industry grew to $40 million in 2022, however, it is expected to reach $140 million in 2027 at a healthy CAGR of 32 per cent. Whereas, it was also revealed that the number of e-sports players in India grew 4x from 0.15 million in 2021 to 0.6 million in 2022. The number of e-sports players in India is furthermore expected to grow 2.5x over the next five years reaching 1.5 million by 2027.
India’s e-sports industry accelerates
The report highlights that 64 per cent of paying gamers make in-app purchases. 50 per cent of Indian gamers surveyed during the research were between the ages of 18-30. interestingly, the report suggests that women on average spend more time per week playing games. Women were recorded playing games for 11.2 hours per week, whereas, men were recorded playing for 10.2 hours per week.
There is a hunger for India-based content as a whole in the country. We love films and books which are rooted in Indian culture. Similarly, the demand for Indian-themed games has also come forward. The report suggests that 82 per cent of gamers are interested in playing games based on Indian themes like Ramayana. Whereas, 79 per cent of gamers are interested in playing games based on Indian themes and 78 per cent of gamers are interested in playing games around Indian celebrities.
The report surveyed over 2,2240 smartphone users across multiple geographic and demographics. The report reveals that the majority of e-sports players in the Indian market play on their smartphones with a whopping 98 per cent. 56 per cent of the gamers surveyed were based in non-metros. making money, killing time, and socialising were some of the top reasons for people to indulge in gaming.