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Online gaming and esports is one of the fastest growing businesses globally, particularly in India.
Overall revenue from esports, while small in India compared to leading markets like the US, Japan, China and South Korea, is expected to grow rapidly in a short time frame.
“India will create a number of esports Unicorns within the next few years, given the unprecedented growth in the number of gamers.” predicts Dhruv Sachdev, Partner in IaS’s Global Esports Practice. To help Indian companies become the next Tencent with valuations in the hundreds of $billions we have a dedicated team to help esports companies achieve these goals. India has the talent and the population to be a world leader.”
Industry Growth Projections: . India is among the top five mobile gaming markets with around 300 million gamers.
. More than 75 percent of population is below the age of 45
. A 2020 report by FICCI stated that India’s transactional online skill gaming achieved 40% growth in 2019-2020 with revenue of Rs 65 billion in 2019.
. Online gaming is expected to reach US$ 1 billion (about Rs 7,500 crore) in 2021 per Google estimates.
. The market value of mobile gaming in India is estimated to reach about US$ 405 million (Rs 30.45 crore) by 2022, according to Statista.
. Around 348 million users are using Jio internet and users are expected to reach 850 million in 2 years, which will drive growth.
. By 2025, India’s fantasy segment could become a Rs 300 billion sector.
Mukesh Ambani (Chairman of Reliance Industries) noted in a recent conference that gaming in India may be the next big thing (bigger than movies and TVs). He said that there is a huge opportunity in gaming due to increasing broadband connectivity. “Indian esports companies will need funding to take advantage of the hypers growth in this industry. IaS has access to funding from the largest pension funds and private equity in Canada, UK, the Middle East as well as India.” said Ken Clarke IaS Canada Partner. “It is a critical differentiator to those companies that want to win and avoid being left behind. It is a once in a generation investment opportunity”
Valuations are sizable and are increasing:
Online gaming platform Roblox, now home to 115 million largely Gen Z players per month, announced in February 2020 it has raised $150 million in Series G funding, led by Andreessen Horowitz’s late-stage venture fund. Roblox, which is valued at $4 billion, has seen major success and players pour more than $490 million into the platform via mobile devices in the first year of 2020 alone, according to Sensor Tower data (Daily Mail Aug 20/20).
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Dhruv Sachdev IaS partner emphasised, “From formulating a strategy to drive a company's success, to creating a compelling pitch to investors – the IaS Global team of experts is there to guide startups every step of the way.”
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