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  • How Technology, both radical and incremental determines the growth of the esports industry

    Published on May 11, 2021

    by Mr Tarun Gupta, Founder, Ultimate Battle,

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    Over the years the esports industry has seen tremendous growth in terms of its reach and viewership. Once considered as a subset of sports culture, esports is now evolving into a full-fledged industry. Advancements in technologies have played a very important role in keeping this industry vertical interesting and is one of the key drivers that has led to this growth.

    The Mobile gaming market may hit a CAGR of 14% during 2020-2025. Experts are citing reasons such as growing smartphone penetration and increasing adoption of advanced technologies for developing games behind this rise. Futuristic technological trends like location-based games, cloud gaming, and AR/VR-powered games are also fueling the demand for esports gaming

    Technological Changes Over Time that Fueled esports Growth:

    Below listed are some technological adoptions that pushed the overall growth of esports worldwide.

    Gaming Hardware:

    The technological evolution of hardware spans across specialized hardware devices including processors, monitors, input devices, audio systems, mobile phones, streaming equipment etc. The growth of hardware has enhanced the overall gaming experience and taken it to the next level making gameplay more engaging and real.

    High-speed internet connections:

    Among many driving factors that have been accelerating esports growth is access to high-speed internet. Access to high-speed Internet connection over 3G/4G spectrum and broadband has impacted the overall gaming experience. In the past, a normal internet connection was not adequate and gamers witnessed lags during gameplay. But now fast-paced internet connections are ensuring seamless gameplay.

    Easy access to blazing-fast internet helps to develop a larger gaming community of highly targeted esports audience. India has got its smartphone population covered with a high speed 4G network and the launching of 5G is underway which will further strengthen the building blocks of online esports.

    Easy accessibility to smartphones:

    Growing uses of smartphones have brought the esports Phenomenon to a whole new level. Mobile gaming comprises 80% gamers in India. The only reason behind this growth is access to affordable smartphones.

    Availability of affordable smartphones and reduced data cost fueled mobile gaming penetration further. Now gamers have a choice to buy high-end gaming mobiles under their budget without compromising the camera, display quality, and other gaming-specific features. Smartphone makers such as ASUS ROG, Xiaomi, and ZTE have started producing smartphones optimized for mobile gaming and pro-gamers. It’s expected that due to the steep rise in the quality of smartphones under budget, the total number of online mobile gamers in India will cross 510 million by FY 2022.

    AR / VR Gaming: 

    AR and VR have set out to bring radical change to the esports industry with top-notch innovations for engrossing and enthralling gaming experiences. These new technological innovations helped in bringing 3D effects to gaming. With Augmented reality, game developers connected the digital characters with the real world in an imaginary reality environment.  AR-powered games blend real and virtual environments for the captive experience.

    AR and VR have changed the dimensions of gaming at scale. They help to create an imaginary setting during the gameplay, which stimulates a gamer’s physical presence. It creates a complete virtual world for the gamers. This is just the beginning as a lot more advancements are slated to come over time.

    Artificial Intelligence:

    People would have never thought that AI would be integral to the gaming industry. This cutting-edge technology is now gradually making its presence felt.  Artificial intelligence powered tools are making it possible to watch and analyze esports tournaments for making data-driven decisions.

    Teams and players are now using AI tools to find ways to improve their gaming strategy. For instance, FalconAI introduced AI-powered tools to help esports players improve their skills in various games such as League of Legends and Valorant, etc.

    Cloud Based Gaming:

    Cloud gaming is all set to revolutionize the way games are played. It will reduce the dependency on local hardware for playing games. Tech giants are working on developing Cloud gaming platforms like Google Stadia to allow gamers to play games on their low-end devices with only requirement being a fast internet connection. No more expensive hardware and lengthy downloads. In cloud gaming storage and processing is done in Cloud data centers while gamers can stream graphics on their devices.

    What’s next? 

    The growing penetration of technological innovations in esports has intensified the thrill and joy of playing games. Technologies like virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and gesture control are shaping the future of esports globally. We are hoping to see more high-end sophisticated technology adoptions in the esports industry. They will completely change the way we play games and consume gaming content.

    About Author

    Tarun Gupta
    • B.Tech from Manipal Institute of Technology
    • Core Experience of over 20 years in Digital Marketing, Product Designing, and Technology.

    Digital Marketer by day and esports fanatic by night, Tarun is literally living his dream! He is Founder at Ultimate Battle — India’s first ever online esports platform.

    With over 20 years of experience, he is an esports Evangelist, Hustler and a Digital Marketing Veteran.

    Ultimate Battle is the result of Tarun’s dream and determination. Since its inception in the year 2017, he has guided the development from a four-person operation into an exciting and dynamic workforce catering to the online gaming needs of Indian Gamers. Being the driving force, his main responsibilities include creating technology that will enhance the gaming experience, setting long-term goals, working with the development team to define business unit goals, and also the execution and monitoring of such goals. It is his innovative & marketing gimmick that Ultimate Battle, as an esports ecosystem also caters to the Esports community with Gaming News, Content and E-commerce portal which currently no other homegrown Gaming Platform is doing in India. This helps in provisioning a 1-stop platform for game enthusiasts to get everything of their need at a single Click. India is one of the key market for esports as Indian Online Gaming Community is pegged at around “300 Mn” and is an every growing market with unlimited potential. And Ultimate Battle will only focus to increase the excitement with the introduction of his unique platform to the Gamers in India and abroad.

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