THE GROWTH OF ONLINE RUMMY IN INDIA
Rummy is one of the traditional 13 card Indian games which has successfully grown into the digital space. Rummy is a very India-centric game, which people have grown up playing to right from a very young age, be it in villages or in cities. It is widely played by both the young and the old. The card game of rummy in India had a great impact on the gaming life of Indians since it went online. In India, card games were being played during functions, get together, marriage parties, social gatherings, family reunions, etc.
It has been more than a decade since gaming shifted from physical tables to virtual ones. Within the gaming industry, online card games have been standing out with growth rates of 100% every quarter. The industry is still poised for huge growth as it is still in very early stages and growing at the rate of 50-100% year on year.
According to FICCI KPMG 2016 Report, the gaming industry is as big as INR 26.5 billion, and the industry is likely to grow to INR 50.7 billion in the year 2020. It is believed that around 40% of this chunk is contributed by online rummy games.
The growing options that gaming providers provide to play rummy either for free purely as entertainment or for cash have contributed to the growth of online Rummy. While playing for cash the gaming providers also provide players option to play rummy game in a table against 2 to 6 players and also conduct tournaments where players compete against thousands of other players to win coveted prize pool which can range from few thousands to few lakhs.
With many rummy portals offering attractive cash rewards and fabulous gaming experience, online gamers are increasing rapidly. Courts have ruled that Rummy is a game of skill and not gambling which has provided a huge boost to the industry as this has helped remove the stigma attached to card games.
Aided by the latest technology gaming companies are able to provide online gaming experience of playing online games close to real-world experience.
The responsive gaming platforms are multi-screen compatible and work seamlessly in all screen sizes without any glitch making it easy and smooth to play the game in mobile phones and with apps available for both android and iPhone the game is always on the palms of the player.
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