ESports Industry Shifts To New Turf After BGMI, PUBG Bans

The government had banned South Korean publisher Krafton Inc's PUBG Mobile and Battleground Mobile India in 2022.

By Shubham Dalal | Dec 5, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us


Esports industry in India has turned its focus towards a new roster of games to continue its operations after the government’s ban on popular gaming titles for phones in all our India.The government had banned South Korean publisher Krafton Inc’s PUBG Mobile and Battleground Mobile India (BGMI) in September 2020 and July 2022 respectively. It also banned a competitive title called Garena Freefire in February this year.At the time of the ban, all three sports were pulling in crores of rupees every year through in-app purchases for users, tournament sponsorships from brands and tournament prize money.If you need more information about ESports Industry Shifts To New Turf After BGMI, PUBG Bans then read carefully and share with your friends.

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It’s now geared towards games like Valorant, Pokemon Unite and Call of Duty Mobile. Industry experts said Indian titles such as the World Cricket Championship (WCC) and Real Cricket are also attracting interest.Before the ban in July, BGMI was the biggest gaming title in eSports in India with a prize pool of 1.5 crores for a single tournament. “BGMI has had a significant impact on the pace of growth for Indian esports Industry.The size of the gaming ecosystem in India was enough for the organizers to drop every esports title ,all other titles and also still be profitable, said Abhishek Joshi, co-founder of tournament organizer CriticalX Esports.

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Joshi said that the gaming industry is beginning to feel that it has stunted its growth in Indian eSports by relying too heavily on a single game and large number of price in tournaments. “As tournament organisers, we have started focusing on the remaining competitive titles and they are working well for us,” he added.Last week, eSports organizer Galaxy Racer held a Valorant India Invitational tournament in Hyderabad with a prize pool of $100,000 (roughly 81 lakh).This is despite the fact that Valorant, created by American game publisher Riot Games, is a PC gaming title and Now Valorant makes in India has largely been a mobile gaming market.

The tournament is being organized by Chennai-based Skysports, which is owned by Indian gaming firm  Jetsynthesys. Penta Esports CEO Anurag Khurana said that Pokemon Unite tournaments usually have a prize pool of Rs 1-2 lakh and this is a big jump from that.Other titles raking in the cash in Indian eSports include US-based Activision’s Call of Duty Mobile, a key reason for the company’s ongoing acquisition by Microsoft.

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