Core mobile gamers to propel PC gaming market in India – The News Minute

Nishant Arora

If you belong to the generation that played platform games like “Mario”, “Street Fighter” and “Pacman” in the nineties — bunking classes and hiding from parents who fumed at your late arrivals — you will probably be more tolerant of today’s kids playing games on smartphones, laptops or consoles.

Of late, gaming has broken the social tolerance barrier and new parents look at this piece of technology quite liberally — willing to spend hard-earned money on buying high-end gaming devices for their kids.

The fact is that those who have played strategy games on mobiles are striving for a better immersive experience which has given a thrust to high-end PC gaming in the country.

According to a recent joint report by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and TechSci Research, the Indian gaming industry that was valued at $543.08 million in 2016 is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.61 per cent, in value terms, over the next five years.

Valued at $84.40 million, the computer gaming segment accounted for a share of 15.54 per cent in the gaming market in 2016. Core gamers who do not intend to move to console gaming and make additional investments are today driving the PC gaming industry in the country.

In this scenario, global PC and printer major HP Inc is trying to anticipate consumer needs and upcoming trends to introduce PC gaming technology that has the potential to disrupt the industry.

Targeted at entry-level gamers, the company introduced its gaming range in India over a year ago.

“With the proliferation of smartphones, gaming as a concept was picking up and we felt that the market was ready for PC gaming. Millennials are using their devices not only for gaming but leveraging the powerful machines for other purposes as well,”

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