Over the years, mobile or smartphone gaming has cemented its place among Indian gamers. According to market estimates, 9 out 10 gamers in India use mobiles to play. But as per a new report, gamers in the country are slowly preferring a move towards personal computers (PCs).
The HP India Gaming Landscape Report 2021, released today, shows that 89% of respondents in a survey believe that PCs offer a better gaming experience than a smartphone. More importantly, 4 in 10 (37%) mobile gamers indicated that they will move to a PC for gaming purposes. The research report is based on a survey of 1,500 respondents across 25 Indian cities completed between March and April 2021.
The respondents were from the age group of 15-40 and 63% of them have been gaming for at least three years or more. While storage space on PCs and better ergonomics are just some of the factors behind this trend, respondents cited more reasons on why PCs are better equipped for gaming: they have better graphics (54%), better technology (53%) and better processing/speeds (52%) as compared to a smartphone.
Another driving factor behind this trend is the growing interest in the gaming sector for career prospects. Around 91% of the respondents in the survey said they consider the gaming industry as a viable sector for professional avenues. In fact, 84% of all the women respondents in the survey want to pursue gaming as a career, followed by 80% of male respondents. Respondents from Tier-2 cities also showed a particular affinity for gaming as a career.
This is a trend that is visible in the live streaming industry too, which runs parallel to the gaming sector. A recent Bloomberg report said how female live-streamers were performing well on platforms such as Twitch. In April 2021, for instance, there were eight women in the top 200 streamers on Twitch -- up from just three a year earlier, the news report adds.
Apart from the skill development aspect of gaming, respondents in the HP report also see it as a source of mental well-being. Around 91% of the respondents said gaming not only improves attention and concentration, but also acts as a source of relaxation. They were unanimous in choosing gaming (91%) as a tool to socialize with friends, family members and other members of the community.
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