India is among the top countries when it came to online mobile gaming and its industry is growing rapidly currently worth over $890 million. And with the demand for games on an upward curve, the country now has more than 250 game development companies, up from a mere 25 in 2010, with at least two startups coming up every month.
According to an estimation, the industry will be worth $1.1 billion by 2020, and a number of users projected to become 628 million by then. All this is happening thanks to rising smartphone adoption in India, which is set to have 530 million smartphone users this year.
Artificial Intelligence in Gaming
There’s no question that there’s more interest in games than there has ever been. Virtual-reality gaming is also a fast-evolving vertical in the country. Digital advertising is forcing companies to look at gaming in a big way, embedding commercials through games. Tech startup Absentia has developed Norah.ai, an AI-powered tool for quick creation and incorporation of all game elements. The games developers don’t need to have the particularly powerful hardware. They will be able to create assets for games, ranging from the story, to animations, and even models quickly, and affordably.
Top 10 Gaming Companies in India
Octro is the largest and the fastest growing mobile gaming company in India, with Octro’s games Teen Patti, Indian Rummy and Tambola topping charts on Apple iOS, Google Play, and Windows Phone 8 platforms. Two of Octro’s games, Octro Teen Patti and Octro Indian Rummy are consistently in the Top 10 on the Top Grossing Apps on Google Play. Octro Inc. was founded in 2006 by Saurabh Aggarwal, serial entrepreneur and alumni of Stanford University, with a mission to create productivity applications for Mobile Devices. After pioneering one of the first mobile Voice-over-IP infrastructures called OctroTalk, the company ventured into building mobile gaming platforms.
#2 Nazara Technologies
Nazara is a well established mobile content platform provider and games publisher with our HQ’s in India and Offices in Dubai, London, Africa & Singapore. Backed by Westbridge Capital, India’s leading Venture Capital firm, Nazara is a strong team of 250 people based out of India & Dubai. We specialize in bringing branded properties to the mobile consumers in the most effective way, maximizing revenues as well as promoting brands.
Dream11 is India’s Biggest Sports Game with 3 crore+ users playing Fantasy Cricket, Football, Kabaddi, and NBA. Dream11 helps sports fans increase their engagement and connect deeper with the sport they love by being a team owner, not just a spectator. Dream11 is also the Official Partner of the top sports leagues in the world such as the Hero CPL, Hero ISL, and NBA.
Founded in 2008 in Udupi, Karnataka, 99Games is India’s leading Developer and Publisher of games of international standards for Global & Indian consumers. It takes pride in creating India’s most successfully monetized game ‘Star Chef’ and India’s most downloaded game ‘Dhoom:3 The Game’
99Games has published over 18 game titles since its launch and has clocked in 50 Million downloads globally till date. 99Games has raised $9 Million to date from quality institutional investors like Dream Incubator, Kalaari Capital, and Ascent Capital.
Headquartered in Noida CreatioSoft makes games for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry Mobile App. The company has developed have developed 100+ apps and games. The company has extensive expertise in open source software such as NodeJS, AngularJS, MySQL, Redis, Blockchain, Unity/Unreal/Cocos2d, ReactJS, Android/iOS App Development.
#6 2Pi Interactive Pvt. Ltd
2Pi Interactive creates world-class quality games with successful game titles and APIs at affordable costs. Headquartered in Hyderabad 2 Pi Interactive is committed to pushing the boundaries of gaming by creating standout experiences for PC, mobile devices and games-as-service and to develop games for all genres that will engage and entertain players all over the world.
#7 Moonfrog Labs
Moonfrog lab was founded by experienced game developers committed to radicalize mobile gaming and bringing engaging entertainment to everyone. The company has made games like Mafia Wars, CastleVille, Bubble Safari, Cafe World, Yoville, Hidden Chronicles, Empires & Allies, games loved by hundreds of millions of people.
#8 Octane Tech
Octane Tech develops games with cutting edge technology and features like 3D graphics, touch-screen, accelerometer and camera-based inputs, and GPS. They’ve been a full-fledged creative game and application studio focused on serving the smartphone market since 2008.
Games2Win own over 50 proprietary mobile games with over 150 million downloads and have an extremely strong daily and monthly active user base (80% outside of India). G2W is the publisher of global hit titles such as Driving Academy, Stories for Friends, International Fashion Stylist, Parking Frenzy, High School Driving Test, and many other hit games. Power Cricket T20 is ranked #1 in the India Sports category.
#10 Dhruva Interactive
Based in Bangaluru, Dhruva was founded in 1997. They are India’s leading game developer, providing game development and art production services to the global games industry. Dhruva Infotech is providing game content creation services across different platform and genres. The company offers art services and game development. Dhruva also has a game development team focused on serious gaming.