50 years of video game console: discover the history, how female gamers are changing the gaming landscape in India


oi-Madhuri Adnal


Posted: Wednesday June 8th 2022, 05:33 PM [IST]

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New Delhi, May 8: Video games are no longer a pastime exclusively reserved for young people. This year, the game console ecosystem celebrates its 50th anniversary. To celebrate the dawn of the 9th generation of consoles – and satisfy our geeky hearts – let’s take a look back at the history of video game consoles and the countries with the biggest video game markets.

50 years of video game console: discover the history, how female gamers are changing the gaming landscape in India

History of video game consoles

The history of video game consoles, both home and portable, dates back to the 1970s. The concept of home consoles used to play games on a television was founded by the 1972 Magnavox Odyssey, designed for the first times by Ralph H. Baer in 1966.

Handheld electronic games had replaced mechanical controls with electronic and digital components, and with the introduction of the liquid crystal display (LCD) to create video-like displays with programmable pixels, systems like the Microvision and the Game & Watch became the first portable video. game consoles, and entirely realized by the Game Boy system.

Since then, home game consoles have progressed through technology cycles generally referred to as generations, each lasting around five years, during which competing manufacturers have produced consoles with similar specifications.

With underlying technological improvements such as smaller and faster microprocessors, digital communications and changes in business models, a new generation of consoles grew out of the previous one. This led to a changing landscape of console manufacturers in the market; While the early generations were led by manufacturers like Atari and Sega, today’s modern generations boil down to three main competitors, Nintendo, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft.

Handheld consoles have seen similar advances, although they are usually grouped into the same generations as home consoles.

While there were more manufacturers in previous generations for handhelds, including Nintendo, Atari, Sega, and Sony, the handheld market has declined since the introduction of mobile gaming in the mid-1990s. 2000, and to this day, the only major manufacturer in portable games is Nintendo.

List of video game markets by country:

As generations have grown up with video games as an integral part of life, the size of the video game market has also grown across the globe.

In 2021, China is estimated to rank first among the world’s largest gaming markets, with revenue of US$46 billion. The United States video game market ranked second, generating approximately $40.5 billion in annual revenue.

According to Newzoo’s Global Games Market Report, video games generated sales of $180.3 billion annually worldwide. Mobile game revenue reached $93.2 billion, the global console game market was valued at around $50.4 billion, and the PC game market was valued at around $36.7 billion.

It should be noted that China and the United States have been vying for the top spot in the world’s largest gaming market for years.

It is estimated that there were over 685 million mobile gamers in China while Americans have 191 million digital gamers.

According to a 2020 survey, 65% of adults in the United States have played video games on at least one platform. While gaming already has a solid presence in daily media consumption, the medium is only growing in popularity: the coronavirus pandemic has led non-gamers to take the controls, and pre-existing gamers in the US have also spent more time and money. on gambling activities.

The players are on the rise in India

In India, the gaming industry is also growing rapidly and becoming one of the biggest markets in the world. In 2020, the market value reached $1.02 billion and is expected to reach at least $2 billion by 2023. Industry experts estimate that it could reach $4.88 billion by 2026.

Online gambling is becoming more and more accepted and what is more interesting here is the involvement of women. Although the perception that the industry is male-dominated, the passionate female gamers flocking to the platform is encouraging.

According to a recent study by InMobi, gambling has become increasingly popular among women of all ages and marital statuses, defying old-school conventions. The report shows that more than 43% of India’s smartphone gamer population were women. This is a good sign as it reveals that all women now have access to opportunities without age, geographic or marital status restrictions. Women also tend to spend more time playing mobile games than their male counterparts. On average, male mobile gamers spend just under an hour gaming each day. However, the players played for almost 70 minutes.

Some of the popular pro players are Sherlock, Shagufta, Xyaa Iqbal, Mysterious YT, Monika Sherlock Jeph, Saloni Panwar, and Pooja Khatri. These women are not only popular in India but also in the global gaming industry. Saloni Panwar was the first woman to represent India in the international esports tournament held in Thailand.

Article first published: Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 5:33 p.m. [IST]