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,” OpenSignal said in its blog.
For the tests, the firm analyzed mobile network experience in 48 cities in India and measured how users perceived real-time mobile multiplayer games on cellular networks (on a scale of 100) across game genres like Battle Royale and MOBA games.
Seven out of the top 10 cities were either from Gujarat or Maharashtra and notably, Mumbai was 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.
At the same time, only four out of eight cities made it to 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) secured ranks further down below the charts.
Varanasi and Thiruvananthapuram both scored less than 50 points and were placed at the bottom of the charts.
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, Tier 3 cities.