Asia’s share of the global esports market continues to grow – European Gaming Industry News
Four companies including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea (Vi) and an Adani Group entity have submitted bids to participate in India’s first 5g wave auction starting July 26, 2022. 5G, short for fifth-generation cellular technology promises to exponentially increase the speed and data capacity of wireless networks. For data-hungry India, the upcoming 5G auction will herald another telecommunications revolution. It goes beyond super-fast uploads and downloads, smooth multiplayer gaming, live streaming and real-time gaming.
5G will accelerate the growth of esports and video games in India in several ways:
- No latency or lag
- Multiplayer mobile game
- cloud gaming
- User base growth in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities
- Unlock the AR & VR Opportunity
- Video game live streaming
- High-end game downloads and updates in a jiffy
Contributions shared by esports and gaming industry players on how 5G will revolutionize the industry:
- Animesh Agarwal, Founder and CEO of 8bit Creatives, a leading gaming talent management agency and a former esports athlete himself:
Internet penetration and accessibility are the mainstays of esports and mobile gaming. With the advent of 5G technology, users will experience better connectivity speed which in turn will enable them to access and play high resolution games. The last thing a gamer wants is lag, 5G should help us say goodbye to lag issues, once and for all. The coming metaverse, and all the VR technologies that would completely elevate the gaming experience again, would be largely facilitated by 5G. One of the reasons gaming has become so popular in recent years is the multiplayer and social experience games are now able to provide, and 5G should make that even smoother. To be fair, 5G will impact gaming in more ways than one.
Last year, telecom giant Airtel held India’s first-ever cloud gaming demo on a LIVE Airtel 5G test network, and the results were outstanding. S8UL players were among a few to experience it firsthand, and I myself also attended the event with the team. Our professional gamers, Mortal aka Naman Mathur and 8bit Mamba aka Salman Ahmad tested cloud gaming on Airtel 5G test network in Manesar. They used mid-range smartphones connected to a high-capacity 3500 MHz spectrum band, recording speeds of over 1 Gbps and latency of 10 milliseconds. Both elite gamers agreed that 5G technology would impact the efficiency and experience of online multiplayer genre games such as battle royale and racing games.
- Mr Vishwalok Nath,Director, Esports Premier League:
5G is going to be a transformative step for the gaming industry across the world. The highlight of this new generation of communication includes even faster download speeds, lower latency, hyperlocalization, increased network capacity and better reliability. This leap in new features and innovation will allow game developers and storytellers to work on more immersive and engaging gaming experiences. Faster downloads mean faster delivery of existing experiences with the ability to provide players with more complex, expansive, and immersive worlds. The industry has already talked about cloud gaming and the impact of 5G on this technology. Although cloud gaming technology is still in its infancy, it still holds immense potential to democratize gaming and make it accessible to the masses. 5G will ensure better cloud gaming experience for gamers with the help of edge computing. This will also allow gamers without gaming systems or high-end hardware to play the latest AAA games.
Apart from cloud gaming, 5G will also allow gamers to access new experiences such as augmented reality and virtual reality based games directly from their portable devices. It should be noted that it will be some time before 5G reaches the level of adoption we first saw with 4G, but the wait will be worth it.
- Rohit Agarwal, Founder and Director, Alpha Zegus, the next generation gaming and lifestyle marketing agency:
Data prices (per GB) in India are among the lowest in the world. This combined with super affordable smartphones starting at INR 5000 has completely revolutionized the gaming industry. We are now living in a time where a level 3 kid can enjoy casual games in good settings without a hitch.
Coming to 5G, we’ll see those casual gamers turn into streamers. Players from all parts of India will be able to access cloud gaming platforms, allowing them to play and enjoy hundreds of high-quality games. This, in turn, will allow these gamers to create their own niche and start growing communities around them – all in all, creating more content creators and content consumers in the Indian gaming ecosystem. .
Finally, brands will also be able to take advantage of more complex (and higher quality) advertising innovations, whether in the metaspace or not, since speed and data usage will be even less of an audience concern.
- Mr. Sagar Nair, Co-Founder and CEO, Qlan, The Gamer’s Social Network:
With nearly 500 million people, India is currently the second largest smartphone user in the world after China. the launch of 5G data network will further boost the mobile gaming industry in India. More data speed = More data transfer. We’ve heard pro gamers talk about “ping” many times and how it affects their gameplay and how even a slight drop can cost them the game, 5g aims to eliminate the loss of data packets sent every second. 5G will open up new economic opportunities and societal benefits, which is very good news for Qlan, as browsing the web and social media platforms becomes very smooth with the introduction of such speed in the market. Even if you take a brief look at 4g, the speeds it can achieve are better than most people’s wifi and most gamers prefer to use stable mobile data connection over choppy wifi . 5g aims to provide users with a consistent and super-fast internet connection at their fingertips, which also has the potential to increase the number of gamers in India. 5G is designed to support a 100x increase in traffic capacity and network efficiency compared to 4g. Essentially, the mention of 5g technology made all gamers smile!
- Mr. Lokesh Suji, Director of the Indian Esports Federation and Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF):
5G will bring about a paradigm shift in the cloud gaming industry, the blazing fast speeds, massive bandwidth and low latency of 5G Ultra Wideband will make gaming more collaborative, competitive, affordable and accessible. The advent of 5G should completely change the situation in all respects. With growing smartphone penetration and a large youth population, 5G-supported cloud gaming could expand to remote areas and provide gamers with the right ecosystem to compete and excel on the international stage.
The live game streaming and viewing experience will be enhanced with this technology disruption, video game updates are another big nightmare for our gamers, and these are no small updates from 5 to 10MB is like 1GB updates and takes a long time to download. , with fast 5G speed, downloads will be a snap.