Over the past few years, the gaming industry has grown exponentially in terms of opportunities and the number of people playing video games. The pandemic, in particular, has seen a surge in online gaming growth in India, and currently, India is among the top five gaming markets in the world.
It’s not like there hasn’t been research in this area, the problem however is that the research that has been done in video games and the gaming industry mostly focuses on problematic use and the addictive part of it. This has long been a problem for many parents, but it’s also worth noting that over the years esports has started to become a career opportunity rather than just a recreational activity. In fact, there are universities all over the world and even workshops and programs in India that offer esports focused courses. Esports management is an area that has great potential and is growing every day.
But how has the gaming industry grown so much in such a short time? The most obvious reason is the younger population and how their numbers are increasing day by day. There are also factors such as inexpensive internet access, an increasing number of smartphone or tablet users, as well as the introduction of new game genres. Most people would assume that “gaming” can only be done on an advanced PC specifically designed for gaming purposes, but today mobile gaming is also very popular and desired. This opens up the field for many more people, as almost everyone has a smartphone in today’s world, and everyone is looking for something to do in their spare time.
Another misconception about esports is that you can only make money if they play professionally and at a high level, but streaming platforms like YouTube and Twitch have enabled many amateur gamers to create their own community on the Internet. These streaming platforms have become a source of income for many, given that being a professional gamer may not be an opportunity that everyone can pursue.
Through these means, there are also many women entering the gaming industry with more confidence. For a very long time, and probably still today, to some degree, women were never really welcome in the gaming industry, but that notion is slowly changing, which is a good thing because there’s a lot of women who have a genuine interest in the game and may want to pursue a career in the same field.