The Indian government banned PUBG Mobile in September 2020. A recent survey by a digital platform Limelight Networks concluded that Indians spent more than eight hours playing video games on an average every week. Not only eight hours, but most players devoted 7-12 hours every week. This number is more than the average of eight hours and 27 minutes every week globally. Indians have remarkably grown in adopting video games as a pastime during the pandemic. According to the statistics by Limelight Networks, 28.6% of Indians play any game for 1-3 hours while the average hours stand at 5.5 hours.
Over 7% of Indian players devote more than 15 hours in one go for gaming, which is higher than in China, South Korea, and the UK. As per the report, binge gaming between people of 18 to 35 years in India has increased by 13%. All over, the average binge gaming has increased by 4.1 to 5.5 hours between 2020 and 2021. Video gaming increased considerably during the pandemic and people only had fewer things to do after being asked to stay indoors. The report revealed that the time spent on gaming on devices like smartphones as compared to PC, tablets, and consoles were more or less the same.
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Mobile games such as PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty, Garena Free Fire, etc. have rocked the popularity charts in India. Though these games are famous, Limelight’s report revealed that single-player games like Candy Crush Saga, Clash of Clans among others have constituted for a larger share. A total of 98.3% of Indians are hooked on Candy Crush while 82.9% have an inclination towards games like PUBG and Fortnite.
Limelight’s report was based on a few preferences that gamers mentioned. According to global insights, 84% of the players said that the process of downloading games is frustrating. Indians, in particular, get frustrated when the process of downloading is interrupted. The report has also highlighted that there is a very little gender gap when it comes to engaging in video games. Male players played video games for an average of 8.5 hours every week, while the number for female players stood at an average of 8.4 hours per week.