Gaming PC maker HP released what it’s calling ‘HP India Gaming Landscape Report 2021’. It’s a study on Indian gamers and how they play. According to the company, 37 percent of mobile gamers want to move to PC for a better gaming experience. While this is being positioned as “strong growth potential for the industry”, by the company in a prepared statement it is important to note that the study was conducted by HP itself, a company that makes PCs so it should come as no surprise that it would talk up its prospects.
That said, the company polled 1,500 gamers between March and April 2021 across 25 metros, tier-1 and, tier-2 cities in India with a mix of 72 percent male and 28 percent female respondents. These fell in the age group of 15 to 40 years and are what HP describes in a prepared statement as “PC and/or mobile phone users, comprising action and adventure games on PCs and smartphones.”
Other findings include the rise of gaming as a potential career option and women preferring PCs as their choice of gaming device over men (58 percent versus 52 percent) as well as the use of gaming for mental well-being.
“Gaming has emerged as a wholesome activity that the entire family can participate and connect with friends and family,” said HP’s Vickram Bedi, Sr. Director, Personal Systems. “PC Gaming is now a global phenomenon, and careers opportunities in the industry are immense. This not only represents a big opportunity for India to shine on the global stage, but also highlights the immense value that the PC brings as device, with its all-round capabilities.”
It’ll be interesting to see how companies like HP capitalise on these trends when you consider that PC component prices and PCs in general are more expensive than they should be right now. While Bedi claimed in a virtual press event that HP exercises a large degree of price control over its partners to ensure no scalping or price gouging takes place, the ongoing chip shortage isn’t doing the PC business any favours either.