According to this report, Uttar Pradesh is the best gambling destination in India


Uttar Pradesh was the most popular destination for mobile gamers, followed by Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Bihar and West Bengal, according to Mobile Premier League gaming platform India’s Mobile Gaming 2022 report released on Sunday. Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Himachal Pradesh showed the highest growth in mobile players in 2022 compared to 2021.

As far as games are concerned, Ludo Dice, Snakes and Ladders, Carrom, Fruit Dart, Block Puzzle and Poker were the top games played by players from different cities in India. Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Ghaziabad and Allahabad have the highest share of players.

“36 percent of UP’s total players are from these cities. This is the second year in a row that Lucknow has been recognized for its gaming prowess – last year’s IMGR showed that Lucknow’s growth outpaced all other metros,” it said.

Last year, India registered more than 15 billion downloads, making it the world’s largest consumer of mobile games, according to a report by gaming-focused venture fund Lumikai.

The gaming market in India was valued at USD 2.6 billion in FY 2022 and will reach USD 8.6 billion by 2027, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27%.

“Tier 2 and 3 cities that have seen rapid growth in mobile gaming, along with other internet-based leisure activities, have risen to the top, displacing gaming hubs such as metropolitan cities like Mumbai and Bangalore. Compared to last year, Delhi has topped the list in terms of user growth, with metros not featuring anywhere in the top 10 gaming cities on the list. This growth is proof of the huge popularity of mobile games in the world. outside the big cities,” the report said.

Runner-up Maharashtra counts Pune as the first city for the Games. Pune has registered 20% more players than Mumbai, which ranks second. Thane, Nagpur and Nashik are also in the top five according to the report.

Rajasthan has over 200% more players than the capital city of Jaipur, Jodhpur, the second highest in the state. They are joined by cities like Udaipur, Alwar and Kota.

The massive growth of gamers in Bihar is due to the popularity of mobile games in its capital Patna and Muzaffarpur, Gaya, Darbhanga and Bhagalpur. The number of players in the capital is twice that of the other four major cities combined.

West Bengal is in fifth place. Kolkata, Midnapore, Murshidabad, Howrah and Darjeeling are the biggest gambling cities in the state. According to IMGR 2022, they control more than 30% of the state’s total mobile gaming population.

With 55% growth in the number of mobile players, Odisha leads the state in terms of growth. It was followed by Punjab, which registered an annual growth of 53% in the state, Tamil Nadu 42%, Pondicherry 38% and Himachal Pradesh 23%.

Odisha’s Bhubaneswar recorded a growth of 1,652% in mobile players. Ranked second among the states with the highest growth in players, Punjab is home to the best performing city in India, Mohali, which registered an impressive growth of 7,130% in 2022 compared to 2021.

According to the report, Malerkotla, Fazilka, Dinanagar, Beas, Shahkot and Samrala will be added to the administrative-commercial hub to register an impressive growth in the number of mobile players in 2022.

“Gamers across the country are eagerly jumping into online mobile gaming. Increased internet penetration and the availability of secure esports and gaming platforms have done wonders to fuel this growth. As a responsible gaming platform, we will continue to improve the quality of the games we offer and introduce more player-centric initiatives to build a safer mobile gaming community,” said Namratha Swamy, Country Manager, MPL India.

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