India Has World’s Second-Largest Online Gaming Community

India has the second-largest online gaming community globally, with 442 million gamers, after China.

  • India has the second-largest online gaming community globally, with 442 million gamers, after China.
  • The industry is projected to grow by 20% by FY25, reaching Rs 253 billion, with real money gaming being a significant revenue driver.
  • Despite challenges, investor sentiment remains strong, with deal activity reflecting confidence in the industry’s sustained growth.

India’s online gaming community has grown significantly, with 442 million gamers, making it the second-largest in the world. According to a report by Grant Thornton Bharat and the E-Gaming Federation, the industry is expected to experience a 20% growth by FY25, reaching Rs 253 billion. The real money gaming segment is emerging as a significant revenue driver, with users spending an average of 8.5 hours per week in FY22.
Despite facing challenges, including a 28% goods and services tax (GST), the industry continues to grow, with investor sentiment remaining strong. The report highlights the need for a comprehensive Code of Conduct and self-regulation to ensure sustainable growth and maintain high industry standards. With approximately 100 million online gamers daily, the industry is expected to continue expanding, with tax implications having a limited impact on long-term growth.
The report also notes that the industry has raised USD 2.8 billion from domestic and global investors over the last five years, with notable investments made in FY23. The growth of the industry is a testament to the increasing popularity of online gaming in India, with the report advocating for ethical gaming practices to ensure a vibrant and sustainable future for the industry.
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