The gaming market in India has exploded in recent years, with the rise of smartphone games making it easier than ever to access many of the most popular titles. Many companies like Acer have invested heavily in the country to capitalize on the growing interest in games, launching an Indian edition of its Predator Gaming League.
About half of the country’s population play at least one game, and around 365 million of them play online. Indians enjoy a very diverse range of different online titles covering just about any genre you can imagine, these are the most popular.
Call of Duty: Mobile
Call of Duty is one of the most popular first-person shooters in the world, so it’s no surprise that a free mobile version broke download records when it launched in October 2019.
It’s available on both iOS and Android devices and has plenty of maps and game modes that regular CoD players will be familiar with.
Unlike the console and PC versions, Call of Duty: Mobile does not have a single player campaign mode. Instead, players can only play online against others.
The popularity of the game in India has been bolstered by esports events such as the NODWIN Gaming Call of Duty: Mobile India Challenge which took place in December 2020.
PokerStars India – Home Games
PokerStars India is one of the most popular online poker brands in the country thanks to its quality software, instructional guides and mobile applications.
For years, PokerStars India has allowed players to compete in five-card draw, Texas Hold’em and Razz games. However, sometimes you want to have a poker night with your friends rather than playing against strangers.
To meet this need, the company recently launched its Home Games feature. This allows players to set up their own private poker club which allows them to control who can register, game settings and variations.
As your club manager, you can invite up to 500 of your friends and schedule your own tournaments. There’s even a chat feature you can use while you play, helping to recreate the full poker night experience.
8 ball pool
Billiards has been popular in India since the 19th century and the game of snooker was even created in Jabalpur. Over time, billiards has become one of the most common variations of the game in the country.
Even in the 21st century, Indians continue to love billiards, although many have chosen to swap the real felt table for a digital table.
8 Ball Pool from Miniclip.com is one of the most popular games in India. It’s available on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, as well as the company’s website. Unlike many other pool games, 8 Ball Pool connects you with other players to participate in 1-on-1 matches or participate in tournaments with up to eight players.
You can play with strangers or challenge your buddies. The game’s ranking system means that whenever you play against strangers you will be faced with people with similar skill levels to yours.
8 Ball Pool is ideal for smartphone players as the touchscreen controls make it easy to move the tail and control the force used to hit the ball.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was first released in August 2012, but still remains one of India’s most popular online games. It has remained one of the most played games in the country and around the world thanks to regular updates which have ensured players always have new and fresh content to enjoy.
A few years after its first release, Valve added microtransactions that allow players to customize their characters. This was a defining moment for CS: GO as it quickly became one of the most played first person shooter games on the market.
At the end of 2018, the game became free to play, helping to make it even more popular.
As of early 2021, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive remains one of the biggest esports in India. The ESL India Premiership recently hosted a CS: GO tournament during its winter season, with coverage airing on Disney + Hotstar.