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India’s Top Cities for Mobile Games Experience

Ahmedabad, Navi Mumbai, Vadodara leading cities in mobile gaming experience, finds study


India is one of the top five markets for mobile gaming in terms of the number of users. On the back of growing penetratio­n of affordable smartphone­s, low-cost data and improved bandwidth, the number of online gamers has risen exponentia­lly over the last couple of years. And with the growing popularity of esports, mobile gaming has establishe­d a foothold beyond the metros to Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities.

Opensignal analyzed the mobile network experience in 48 of India’s largest cities to see how they stacked up on its Games Experience metric. It measures how users perceive real-time multiplaye­r mobile gaming on cellular networks (on a scale of 0-100) across some of the most popular genres such as Battle Royale and MOBA games, of which COD, PUBG and Clash Royale are examples.

The mobile analytics firm found that cities in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtr­a dominated its measure of mobile gaming experience in India — seven of the top ten cities hail from either of the states. The best Games Experience was enjoyed by our users in Gujarat’s metro city of Ahmedabad with a score of 71.7, followed by Navi Mumbai (70.1) and Vadodara (69.8), it said in the report. It was noteworthy that Ahmedabad and Mumbai were the only Tier 1 cities that placed in the top ten cities, along with Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities like Surat, Thane, and Rajkot.

In fact, only four out of eight Tier 1 cities were within the top 20, with users in Chennai and Hyderabad reporting scores of 63.6 points and 63.1 points respective­ly, while other Tier 1 cities like Pune (61.5), Bangalore (61.3), Delhi (59.8) and Kolkata (57.2) placed further below in the lower half of Opensignal’s chart. Lastly, at the bottom of its chart with scores below 50 points were Varanasi and Thiruvanan­thapuram.

App Annie estimates that the mobile games market In India is worth $1.1 billion with the number of users projected to reach 628 million by this year. This means that Games Experience is becoming increasing­ly important for Indian consumers, hence any operator that provides the best Games Experience definitely holds an advantage, concludes Opensignal. ■

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