New tax divides India's booming computer games sector

New tax divides India's booming computer games sector

Sep 17, 2023 by BBC News - World

Key Facts

  • Image source, Getty Images Image caption, The vast majority of Indian gamers use their mobile phones rather than a computer Last year, there were 421 million people in India who played online games, according to a report in April by accountancy group Ernst & Young.
  • This big growth is said to have been fuelled by the coronavirus lockdowns giving people more leisure time, and the increased availability of affordable smartphones and cheap internet data packs - 90% of Indian gamers use their phones rather than a computer or games console.
  • Image source, Nodding Heads Games Image caption, Only 20% of games played in India are currently made by Indian firms "This GST is neither applicable nor will it have any impact on the video gaming industry or the esports industry," says Lokesh Suji, director of the Esports Federation of India.
  • Deepak Manepalli is chief executive of Open Play, an Indian gaming firm that will be affected by the new tax - his games charge users to play them, in return for offering prize money.

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