Communications for esports and online gaming in India

Communications for esports and online gaming in India

Navigating the Indian esports and online gaming landscape requires a multifaceted approach.


Mumbai: India's Esports and online gaming sector is experiencing explosive growth. With hundreds of millions embracing online gaming and the esports sector experiencing explosive growth, the potential for Esports brands and online gaming companies is undeniable. However, reaching this massive and diverse audience effectively presents a unique challenge. Gone are the days of generic marketing messages. Navigating the vast digital ecosystem, navigating evolving regulations, catering to regional preferences, and fostering genuine connections are all crucial for brands to resonate with India's increasing gaming community. In this article, we'll look at the different aspects of establishing communication strategies for India's rapidly expanding e-sports and online gaming scene.

Building bridges with mainstream media

A persistent challenge for esports and online gaming PR is the disconnect between the industry's thriving reality and its portrayal in mainstream media. Despite Esports' explosive growth and dedicated communities, outdated stereotypes paint gaming as a solitary, even harmful, activity. These misrepresentations, often perpetuated by mainstream media outlets, hinder efforts to attract broader audiences and secure positive attention. Bridging this gap requires strategic PR campaigns that showcase the true depth of the gaming experience. Highlighting the social aspects - teamwork, communication, and collaboration within vibrant online communities - can dismantle the "loner gamer" stereotype.

Educating audiences on iGaming

The last year has seen an explosion in iGaming companies. However, audiences need more education on playing for real money and the rules associated with the same.

Furthermore, engaging in industry events and panel discussions allows brands to showcase their commitment to these positive developments. These open dialogues with stakeholders, media representatives, and gamers provide a platform to address concerns directly and promote a more positive narrative for the industry as a whole.

Additionally, catering to regional preferences adds another layer of complexity to brand communication strategies. India has a varied gaming population with a broad spectrum of different regional preferences. Catering to these preferences is essential for success. Creating content and marketing materials in regional tongues like Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi demonstrates a genuine commitment to the Indian market. Promoting local pro-gamers and using local references in communication tactics helps to establish a stronger bond with the target audiences. This shows the gaming companies understand and value the specific interests of Indian gamers.

In conclusion, navigating the Indian Esports and online gaming landscape requires a multifaceted approach. By embracing digital innovation, staying informed about regulations, tailoring content for diverse audiences, and fostering genuine connections with gamers, brands can unlock the immense potential of this burgeoning market. Moreover, strategic PR efforts that bridge the gap with mainstream media by highlighting the social, competitive, and cultural aspects of gaming are crucial for achieving mainstream acceptance and shaping a positive narrative for the industry as a whole. As India's Esports scene continues its meteoric rise, innovative communication strategies will be the key to fostering a thriving ecosystem that benefits both gamers and brands alike.

The author of this article is Pepper Communications Group senior manager - PR Karishma Maindan.