With a gaming revenue market that is the 18th largest in the world and growing fast, the Indian gaming industry has plenty of opportunity for online operators in the gambling online industry. And with India’s affection for card games, in particular, Online Rummy, Online Poker and Teen Patti, the games make up over eight percent of India’s total amount of casino based games. Following a world-wide trend, mobile games account for 95 percent of the total games developed in the Indian market.
Rummy is a wildly popular card game in India and is considered to be a cross between Gin Rummy and Rummy 500. Contributing to its popularity is the decision by Indian courts of law to declare rummy a game of skill rather than a game of chance, thereby making it legal to play online rummy in all but a few Indian states. With the advent of smartphone compatible games, players can log in at any time from any location. The online version of rummy has been optimized for speed and is making it one of India’s top grossing games. Improvements in data technology will make it even more popular.
The growth of mobile compatible online games in India has been boosted by the fact that India is the world’s fastest growing smartphone market. The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), an Indian trade association, has reported that smartphone gaming percentage in India is growing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 40-50 percent. This percentage is expected to grow as more gaming companies shift their focus to mobile compatible gaming development. Even in areas with a slow internet and 2G connections, these companies are trying hard to offer players a seamless real-time gaming experience. The industry won’t experience growth if gaming platforms are not perfect and perform flawlessly.
The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) estimates that by 2017, there will be 503 Million internet users in India. The association has also reported that 3G users will show a growth rate of 61.3 percent for the period 2013 – 2017. With only 19 percent internet penetration in India, there is plenty of room to grow, especially as smartphone use picks up in rural areas.
Every year over 17 million PCs are sold in India with lightly over 50 percent of that volume going to domestic users. PC users are contributing to the surge in online gaming as much as smartphone users are. The online gaming industry in India will continue to grow and will eventually surpass the U.S. as the second largest gaming market in the world. With new internet technology such as virtual reality being developed, online gaming will soar in popularity and reach new heights.