India’s online gaming craze is a multi-crore business

* Online gaming grew at 40 per cent during 2019-20 in India, according to a 2020 report by Ficci and Ernst & Young

* In April, when Paytm First Games, a fantasy sports gaming platform, organised a real-time multiplayer game called Clash Royale Tournament, it witnessed over 11,000 registrations in India

* In 2019, Dream 11, India’s first gaming unicorn, became the official partner for the IPL for ‘fantasy games’

The ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates keeps Aditya Puri* busy. He closely follows the best players in the game and meticulously tracks the pitch and the weather. No, he is neither a cricketer nor an IPL team owner. He is an avid gamer who has created his own cricket team on a popular gaming platform. He derives points and earns money based on the performance of his chosen players in the tournament.

“It’s a skill

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