The online gaming industry is showing an enviable growth rate worldwide. Asia is setting the pace in that space. With the near-universal availability of smartphones and a multiplicity of dynamic platforms making game-downloads easier than ever before; there sure is a growing audience for online games in Asia and all over the world.
Contrary to the belief that games are addictive and destructive; several skill-based games are tremendously useful too. Not only do they provide entertainment, but they also offer context-driven opportunity to sharpen various mind-skills. A new battle between the action and skill-based games has begun, where skill games such as rummy, carom, chess, Sudoku and much more are winning hands-down.
Games that are simply based on skills and which do not require the user to be a techno-geek or a pro at online games are finding huge popularity in the game playing community. Naturally, online versions of traditional games such as Rummy, Teen-Patti, Poker, etc. are scoring racing up the charts of the mobile gaming industry with huge audiences and revenues too! The very fact that these traditional games can now be played online by multiple players from anywhere, anytime, with great rewards makes them highly sought after. These games are topping even the Google play store lists.
Card games are setting the stage for this astronomical growth. According to a report by KPMG and Google, the online rummy industry’s revenue is set to touch $1 Billion overtaking more established online sectors. Driven at the n user’s penchant for skill-based games and the increasing rate with which players are joining the platforms, online card games such as Poker and 13 Card n Rummy are set to grow by 50% to 100%. Along with , the Southeast Asian market for online games is booming too.
As per the research by Tech Collective, Malaysia tops this particular list with revenues of $589.4 million in 2017. Mobile gaming is responsible for 65% of that total and 35% comes from PC gaming.
With a booming market for skill-based games, let’s take a look at the benefits of these games. What is responsible for this surge in demand for online skill-based games?
Constructive skill-based games have an advantage over action-based games that are often violent and harmful to human psychology. Skill-based games work as a mental stimulant as compared to the high-action games which induce high levels of anxiety causing harm to the psychology of the players. Though somewhat addictive; skill-based games demand healthy competitiveness. This is unlike the action-based games that encourage gamers to develop an uber-aggressive attitude. This is a huge benefit from skill-based games. Such games provide entertainment without taxing the emotions and psychology of the players.
Innumerable skill-based online games such as chess, Sudoku, scrabble sprint, card games, and other board and math games are designed to test and enhance memory skills. These games are like a brain-gym for players. They demand some powerful mind and brain skills such as sharp observation skills, analytical mind, decision-making, memory development, etc. Many of these online card games have tutorials and practice sessions that can help the players develop valuable skills to get better at the game -and in life.
Not only do skill-based games provide mental stimulation by enhancing memory, observations, and analytical skills; skill-based games also promote quick decision-making skills amid players. Players must make quick decisions that can decide the fate of their victory. The capacity to make crucial decisions under pressure is a valuable life skill.
Many gamers are intimidated by the fact that high-end games need expertise in technology and equipment. It is often assumed that the players need to be tech-geeks or professionals at the game. Games communities are often cliquey and closed to new entrants. One of the biggest advantages of skill-based games is that they do not require such competency. Anyone accustomed to playing traditional games such as Chess, Poker, Sudoko, etc. can easily play these games online. They can start with the basic levels of expertise and keep improving as they play.
Today, many real games offer real cash rewards. Many card game sites offer online rewards to its players with actual cash prizes making the game more authentic and engaging. For instance, sites for online Poker reward the loyal players with goodies like real-money, cash player points, VIP or Loyalty program memberships, etc.
There are several other benefits of online skill-based games that also deserve a special mention. As against high-tech action games, skill-based gamers do not have to deal with heavy graphics that slow down the phone, create wear and tear of the device, and lead to more usage of memory and battery consumption. Skill-based games require less time to load and use less memory. This makes them usable on lower-end mobiles too.
Gaming is booming in Asia and all the traditional games of skill are going online! The gaming industry is already becoming a part of the cultural landscape across Southeast Asia. Skill-based games have carved out a special place for themselves in the already flourishing market of online gaming. This has created a phenomenal surge of opportunities for developers and investors alike.
Of course, with such growth comes competition. The onus is now on game developers, hospitality companies, gaming companies, and consumer-focused portals to create distinctive gaming options that will attract and retain players. They will have to focus on customer experience, enhanced game-play, better security, and superior customer service. This is a formidable technology challenge. But that is a tale for another blog post.