Why do Traditional Card Games like Rummy, Poker, and Teen Patti have been so successful in the Mobile Gaming Industry?

bySudipta SahaOctober 25, 2019

3 minutes

Android phones have been revolutionary in bringing a sea change in the mobile gaming industry. Two years ago, there were 2.8 billion average monthly mobile game players. This data is proof of how aggressively the mobile gaming industry has progressed since the introduction of android devices.

The present-day mobile gaming industry has reached a level where its key focus is to give its users a class gaming experience. The games like PUBG, Fortnite, Clash of Clans, etc., with their newer ways to interact and play, are becoming popular among the millennials. But despite many new games attracting the gamers, the traditional card games have remained on the front foot in terms of driving engagement and giving the players a real experience to utilize their skills. 

The love for card games like poker, rummy and teen patti is continuously increasing among the players and the credit for this goes to the emerging card game development companies who have been focusing high to give the players the nearest to the real gaming experience. 

In recent years, big investment names such as Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital, etc. have given a blasting boom to the mobile gaming industry. The entrepreneurs who have wished to run poker game development, teen patti game development, or any other card game business, now have the investing aid from the recognized investment firms and angel investors. 

A data shows that the revenue by the local and foreign mobile game publishers by 2020 is estimated to reach $1.1 bn. And this is very motivating for those who either wish to invest in mobile games or want to set up the card game business. 

It is a fact that online card games eliminate the necessity to find a common time and place to play with your friends. A list of top mobile games includes traditional card games like Indian Rummy, Teen Patti and Poker, which are been catered on mobile devices and provide a seamless gaming experience on the go. 

The traditional card game platforms are making decent money through advertising which makes them a hot destination for the advertisers too. India stands as the second-largest smartphone market in the world and the rising popularity of traditional card games like poker, rummy and teen patti on the social platforms has amplified the audience numbers manifolds. 

A big reason behind the success of traditional card games is also that the awareness for the skill-based games like poker and rummy has increased in recent years and people now have started considering these games as a legitimate career and business choices. 

A report from Nasscom revealed that around 8 percent of games developed in India were casino-based card games. It proves the growing importance of card games among Indian gaming enthusiasts. 

The availability of the card games on the online channels provides the players hassle-free gaming experience. These games also come with benefits such as no need to seek for a gaming partner and instant login access from any location, at any particular time. Moreover, the mobile app stores offer the convenience of downloading the trusted, verified and secure card game platforms.

For card games, the perception of the domestic players has totally changed. The stereotype ‘gambling’ associated with these games isn’t the case anymore. The verdict of India’s apex Supreme Court recognizing games like Poker and Rummy as the skill-based games have given confidence to both the players and business operators. A game like rummy, where the probability of winning a rummy hand is 95 percent based on skill is attracting the present-day gaming intellects.         

The online transition of the traditional card games has no doubt taken the mobile gaming industry by storm and in the days to come, the future of card games looks brighter.