7, Jun 2024
“Online Games” – How This Problematic Term Came to Be

Ask any gamer in India or for that matter anyone involved in the games industry—whether game developers, gaming content creators/influencers or esports athletes—what an “Online Game” is and you’ll get a unanimous response “Well it’s a multiplayer game like BGMI or Dota.” You’ll get a similar response anywhere else in…

7, Jun 2024
Unveiling Indian Gamers’ Habits and Mobile Market Surge

Mobile Gaming Market Faces Decline in Casual Genres The latest reveals a significant decline in casual mobile game downloads. Arcade, simulation, and lifestyle games each saw over a 10% year-on-year drop. Despite this, RPGs remain the highest revenue-generating genre, bringing in $4.6 billion, though down from $5.3 billion in Q1…

6, Jun 2024
Understanding Viewing Habits of Indian Gamers: Gaming and Entertainment

In a dimly lit suburban Mumbai apartment, Shounak Sengupta, a 30-year-old project manager at a technology company, sinks into his bean bag after a long day at work. The muffled sounds of the bustling city outside blend with the soft hum of the ceiling fan that offers much-needed respite in…

6, Jun 2024
Mobile Games Are Approaching Unprecedented Levels of Dominance

IOC and ESIC Unite to Tackle Corruption in Esports The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have announced a collaboration to combat corruption in esports. The IOC’s Olympic Movement Unit for the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions (OM Unit PMC) will aid in developing strategies…

5, Jun 2024
The Battle Against Cheating and Ikea’s Virtual Venture

EFLARE Tournament Winners Still Await Prize Money Over six months have passed since the EFLARE $100K SEA Counter-Strike 2 Tournament concluded on November 19, 2023, yet the winners have not received their prize money, according to multiple sources speaking to . Organized by a Hong Kong businessman, “Chris Lin,” and…

4, Jun 2024
The War Against The Billion Dollar Video Game Cheats Industry

Things Are Looking Up in The War Against Anti-Cheats AFK Gaming reached out to a cheat analyst of a popular tactical shooter who shared his insights on the state of anti-cheats.  He stated, “AI has become a critical tool in the fight against cheating in video games. It helps us…

4, Jun 2024
Pixel P&L: MLBB's Match Fixing Plague

Good Morning! It’s Tuesday, June 4 and in this edition of Pixel P&L, we’re covering an esports bombshell, the shutdown of a prominent Indian game development studio, and much more. First time reading? Sign up here. Esports Bombshell: The Truth About Match-Fixing in Mobile Legends “I’ve been in esports since…

3, Jun 2024
Unveiling the Lives of Video Game Writers and the Esports World Cup Controversy

Battlegrounds Mobile India Series 2024 Smashes Viewership Records The Battlegrounds Mobile India Series 2024 hit a peak concurrent viewership of over 172,000 during its Wildcard phase, reflecting the game’s soaring popularity. With a prize pool of INR 2 Crores (approximately $240 thousand USD), the stakes are high. The tournament will…

2, Jun 2024
Asia’s Mobile Legends Esports Faces a Critical Match Fixing Dilemma

“I’ve been in esports since 2008 with Mineski. When you’re going through a lot of tough times, it’s really hard to earn money. Suddenly, giving away first blood for 100k sounds like a sweet deal.” This concern voiced by Julius Mariano, the founder of Minana Esports (one of the franchise…

1, Jun 2024
The Skills, Pathways, and Paychecks of Video Game Writers

Breaking into the industry Orkin’s foray into industry began from an unexpected but deeply personal place. “I was a playwright and screenwriter who always loved games,” he recalls. “When my son was born, we played everything together as soon as he was able. As he got older, we’d go to…