Fun in quarantine: As people lock down, online gaming takes off

  • At a time when people are locked up inside their houses to help limit the spread of Covid-19, online gaming in India has seen a spike, with gaming companies witnessing a surge in user engagement as people are increasingly turning to video games.
  • Saumya Singh Rathore, co-founder, WinZO, said Italy has seen 70% growth in mobile gaming over the last two weeks of lockdown, and a similar trend is observed in India.
  • Covid-19 has impacted real money gaming in two ways, both resulting in stronger growth, said Vaibhav Gupta, co-founder of gaming startup Rein Games.
  • Another area of online gaming, fantasy sports games, where participants create fantasy teams’ during real-life matches, has witnessed the opposite reaction.

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