India online gaming companies report increase in activity

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Online gaming companies in India are seeing a significant increase in activity as Indians stay at home because of the coronavirus, The Hindu reports.

Sudhir Kamath, CEO and co-founder of 9stacks, an online poker platform, told the newspaper that over the past week, there has been about a 10 percent gain in the number of concurrent users (that is, users who are logged in and playing at the same time) on their platform.

“Usually evenings/nights are the busiest times for us, but in the last few days we’re seeing more people playing during the day as well,” Kamath was cited as saying.

Adda52, an online poker website, says it has seen the average time spent by a user every day on their platform grow by 18 percent over the past couple of weeks. The number of daily active users also grew 12 percent since March 10. 

MPL (Mobile Premier League), a mobile e-sports platform saw a 400 per cent increase in the number of daily gameplays for the WCC (World Cricket Championship) game, between March 2 and March 18. While social gaming platform, Hello Play, run by Mech Mocha, a Bengaluru-based company, saw a 15 percent increase in the time spent per daily active user, the newspaper reports.