The assumption that gaming as a pastime would gain a lot more momentum during the pandemic, was quite the understatement. But this is now a fact back by recently released market reports as well. According to a report by New Delhi-based boutique investment firm Maple Capital Advisors, the Indian gaming industry is set to grow to an almost $1.1Bn sector by next year. With an end to the current pandemic nowhere in sight and the work-from-home model here to stay for even longer, we could do well with refreshing our knowledge of some of the most played homegrown offerings on esports and casual games.
Star Chef 2
Get to live your own Masterchef experience with this follow up to the original StarChef installment. Developed by the New Udipi-based 99Games, this game feeds into your culinary desires. Whipe up all the salads, pastas and every other gourmet dish in the world. And if you’d like, set up your own fine dining experience.
Quite the lockdown favourite. Offered by New Delhi-based Octro, this virtual live housie lets you compete with people anywhere in the world. And while you’re at it, you could even check out the developer’s other favourites, Teen Patti and Indian Rummy. Speaking of the latter, PayTm’s gaming app PayTm First Games, with over 5 million downloads has its own Rummy game.
All Star Cricket
Roads may have been sealed off during the pandemic, but gully cricket, thrives. And if you’re being sensible enough to avoid that as well, Bangalore-based game developer, Deftouch brings to you All Star Cricket . A real time multiplayer cricket game with the thrill of batting, bowling and field strategy, all at your fingertips.
Well this one isn’t technically a game per se, but a platform rather. Log in, pay a nominal fee and sign up for gaming tournaments with gamers across the globe. A brainchild of Ahmedabad-based Fantasy Games, this mobile app aims at building on the current raging esports trend. Currently some of the games available on the platform are Clash Royale and Free Fire Call of Duty, amongst others in the pipeline.
The Mumbai-based Dream11 recently made headlines for securing a year long title sponsorship deal with the Indian Premier League. The start-up however had already made ripples with its wide offering of fantasy sports. Though the platform offers games in a number of sports, upcoming matches are limited to the popular selection of football, baseball, cricket and basketball.
Another single platform boutique for a number of e-games. This application from Bangalore-based MechMocha offers gamers to form their own teams and battle it out in mass-loved games like ludo, carrom and cricket. Get scoring and lead the scoreboard. Also, if virtual carrom is your mojo, you might also want to have a look at the carrom game by Mumbai-based Nazara Technologies. Also known for their vast variety of Chota Bheem themed games.