Skill-based online games such as Ludo King, Chess and Snakes and Ladder are rapidly gaining popularity among children and office goers who are spending more time online due to the Covid-induced lockdown.
Most of these popular online games are similar to the board game with the main difference being the preponderance of skill, application of wit and strategy to win.
For example, in Ludo Supreme one of the most popular skill-based Ludo games available, the decision-making, strategy and game understanding of the players determine the outcome of the game.
To win a game of Ludo Supreme, the player must efficiently use the number of dice generated at random, paying the same attention to the efficient movement of the four tokens, going for the home run or even choosing to skip the move entirely.
In this, skills such as strategy, observation, judgment, skill and attention of the players are essential.
Not only does it take skill to win the game, but playing the game over time also improves gaming skills.
Rameesh Kailasam, CEO of IndiaTech.org, said the increase in the number of users of competitive online Ludo games during the Covid pandemic is a clear indication of how gamers view it.
He said that equating games like this with a coin toss is a logical mistake that stinks of ulterior motives or misplaced concerns.
India has a long history of cultural and social games used for recreation, entertainment and social engagement.
Modern technology has allowed these games to come to life in their online forms. In addition, with the necessary changes to their formats, including free and paid formats, these games have become a skill dominance, reducing the elements of luck and chance, he said.
New users receive training on how to play the game at the time of registration, practice games are free, and users are encouraged to learn, grow and perform better based on their skills and strategy. .
A deep understanding of changing technologies, information and analytics is the need of the moment for any forward-looking and continuing regulation to support innovation and the start-up ecosystem, Kailasam said.