The year 2009 was a year with lots of financial turmoils which took toll on the gaming industry globally, still the industry stood up to the challenge and in the domestic market there has being a considerable improvement seen in the way the gaming industry is picking up steam in our country.
Console gaming market in India is expected to touch Rs 575 Crore by 2010, Hardware sales of consoles from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo has grown from Rs 265 crore in 2008 to Rs 405 Crore in 2009 registering a 50% growth over the last year, this momentum is going to be continued this year as well as the hardware sales growth estimate is pegged at 41% growth and to reach a figure of Rs 575 Crore. Reduction in hardware prices for Indian market mainly by Sony for PS3 and Microsoft for Xbox 360 have helped the sales to rise.
Mobile Gaming industry is currently valued at Rs 289 crore, accounting for 5% revenue contribution to overall mobile VAS service bouquet, however with the advent of high end multimedia handsets which are equipped with better processing power, and acceptable 3D rendering capabilities mobile gaming market is touted to swell at around Rs 812.5 crore by 2010.
I am still awaiting some official news on a Cricket game in development from Trine Studios, few game screenshots did make a splash on the web however there is no further update on this, you can take a look at this video.
Trine Game Studio is lead by Sangam Gupta who is upbeat about the progress of his firm, you can read an interview by gameguru.in with the man himself here
Another development company from south that was noticed last year is 7Seas Technologies LTD a Hyderabad-based independent IP-based games developing company, they won the ‘2009 Gold Davey Award’ – in the ‘Best Website’ under games category for its online gaming portal www.onlinerealgames.com and another award in their kitty was 2009 WebAward “Game Site Standard of Excellence” under Best of Industry Category for outstanding achievement in Website Development for its online gaming portal which was presented by Web Marketing Association, USA.
They even released first Indian PC 3D Racing game called “KRAZE” recently on 15th Dec 2009, it’s a good attempt though not close to the international standards, you can read more about this firm here they are into game development for Mobile, Online, Consoles and PC platform.
Check the Kraze game video below
Another feather to the cap of Indian game developers this year comes from the Ubisoft team at Pune which has developed 100 All Time Favorites game title for Nintendo DS, all done by a 40 member team which took 1 year 2 months to develop this game , the Pune Ubisoft office has also worked on testing games like Cell-Factor Psychokinetic Wars on the XBL and the PSN, games on the DS on the Imagine series, and Just Dance on the Wii, you can read more on this news here
Check out the video of this game below
If you were missing a good cricket game on your iphone, then IndiaGames has got a really amazing game out now on the app store called “Cricket T20 Fever”, I have a downloaded copy from the Ovi store for my Nokia 5800 of a previous version of this game which is equally good, however after looking at the iphone game trailer i give a thumbs up to IndiaGames for integrating free flowing mechanics to a cricket game on a mobile platform, and this game is going to be released even for other platforms like Symbian, Maemo, PSP, Xbox Live Arcade and Nintendo DSi. And the app will feature Facebook Connect.
Check out the trailer for ipod version of the game
Amidst all these developments, on the administration level also there are some good news coming in, Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry has sought a 10-year tax holiday for the animation, gaming and visual effects (VFX) industry from the Finance Ministry. Ms Ambika Soni, Union Minister for I&B, said a ten-year tax holiday would help India emerge as an international hub for the animation and gaming and that there was a need to incentivise them.
Game ON! India, let the year 2010 be a stellar year to the growth of animation and gaming industry in India, Wishing you all a very Happy New Year 2010