India, next gaming hot spot

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 29 October 2003, 08:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: After Korea, Philippines and Japan, India has become the next gaming hot spot in this part of the world with the local gaming market estimated to touch $50-million mark by 2005.

But first, the bad news. Indian gamers emulated their counterparts in physical sports when they finished 46th at the recently-concluded World Cyber Games (WCG) 2003 in Seoul, which saw competitors from 55 countries. The comforting thought was that they performed fairly better than last two years with three wins at the initial round of the world finals. Samsung, sponsors of the WCG, see a ray of hope at the WCG 2004 at San Francisco.

Nothing, indeed, can demoralise the hardcore gamer. He's back at his PC with a new burst of energy. While serious gamers in the 21-35 age group are busy playing Real Time Strategy (RTS) games, the teenagers (16-20 years) prefer First Person Shooter (FPS) games. The current chartbusters in the RTS range are Command and Conquer (Generals), WarCraft and Age of Mythology, while FPS games like Unreal Tournament 2003, Quake III, Doom III and FIFA are a rage among the youngsters.

(Source: Economic Times)

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