‘Indian Matchmaking’ Season 2 Is Going To Change In One Important Way

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On July 16, Netflix released a new dating series called Indian Matchmaking. Practically overnight, the show became one of the most popular (and controversial) shows on the streaming service.

Now, of course, viewers who have followed Mumbai-based matchmaker Sima Taparia and her clients this summer are demanding to know if season 2 is on the table. While Netflix has yet to officially renew the series, we have a feeling the streaming service will at some point due to the show’s popularity. And if they do, co-creator Smriti Mundhra has big plans for what could come next.

Here’s what we know about a potential Indian Matchmaking season 2:

When would season 2 of Indian Matchmaking premiere on Netflix?
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s really hard to say when a season 2 might come out. Then again, given the cliffhanger that the last season 1 episode left us with (Richa hadn’t met her match yet), it’s possible some parts of season 2 have already been filmed, per RadioTimes.Com. If that’s the case, and Netflix gives the series the green light, we may get a season 2 sooner than expected.

Long story short: We don’t know at this point, but we’ll be sure to update this story when new info becomes available.

Who will be in the cast of Indian Matchmaking season 2?
Following the story lines of Aparna Shewakramani, Nadia Jagessar, Vyasar Ganesan, Akshay Jakhete, Pradhyuman Maloo, Ankita Bansal, and Rupam was clearly a successful formula for the show. But does that mean season 2 will just be a continuation of their stories, or will it introduce more new faces?

While the premise will likely remain the same, Smriti tells OprahMag.Com that her big change to the show would be to feature an even more diverse cast going forward. She believes doing so will address some of the criticism prompted by season 1 around the issues of colorism, classism, casteism, and sexism.

“Now that people know what to expect [from Indian Matchmaking], I suspect there are going to be people who will reach out to us for season 2, who want to be on the show specifically to bring up issues — whether it’s patriarchy, colorism, or religious diversity,” Smriti told the publication.

As for the season 1 cast, you can watch them all reunite to talk about the show in the video below:

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How can I watch Indian Matchmaking season 2?
When/if the series is renewed, the second installment will be available to enjoy on Netflix. If you don’t have access to the streaming service, you can sign up for a free month trial — after that, plans start at $8.99 per month.

Once you have Netflix, you can use the streaming service on any device that can connect to the internet, including DVD players, Blu-ray devices, Smart TVs, gaming consoles, home theater systems, smartphones, tablets, and more. For more info, go to Netflix’s website here.

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Amazon Freedom Sale Offers Discounts Upto INR 10k On Gaming Consoles

Amazon has announced a freedom sales on gaming consoles. To all the gamers out there, now’s your chance to grab a console of your choice. The freedom sale upto Rs 10,000 off allows gamers to get their latest gaming consoles starting from today till August 11th.

This means consoles such as the Xbox one, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Gaming PC, PS3 and many more will have a sale upto Rs10,000 off. Not only this but games and accessories for the consoles are also available for grasp on the Amazon website as a part of its 4-day sale. Ten percent instant discount can also be availed with an SBI credit card on the minimum purchase of RS5000 and free delivery on your first purchase. So, gamers what are you waiting for?, go on to Amazon right now and grab your gaming console today.

PUBG Mobile, Ludo King And Internet: Waking India Up To The World Of Gaming

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Over the past 25 years of the internet, those growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s became the first to use computers and the World Wide Web in India. In most households, these users were largely youngsters studying in high school. Naturally, there was a clear divide between the ‘kids’ and the parents – an ever-existent tussle between the rebel tech whiz that ripped copies of GTA: San Andreas and Need For Speed: Most Wanted off torrent sites, and strict parents for whom the internet, and gaming in particular, were indulgent and oft-unnecessary luxuries. About 15 years later, the ethos of our Indian society’s community living is spotted in this very act – gaming. Case in point? PUBG Mobile and Ludo King.

Despite being two very different games, the reason why we single out PUBG Mobile and Ludo King is because of the impact that they have had across age groups, and democratised a field that was for the longest time never taken seriously in India. At the centre of all this is the internet, and the increasing affordability of data connectivity in India. This has not only brought together communities of users across a vast band of age groups, but also redefined what the smartphone meant for people across different cities and preferences.

PUBG Mobile: Blazing young guns PUBG, first conceived as Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, became a rage among PC gamers for bringing in the novel, race-to-survival Battle Royale mode. Soon enough, Brendan Greene’s PUBG Corp, under Korean developer Bluehole and Chinese publisher Tencent, brought in PUBG Mobile, and the rest is history. PUBG Mobile swarmed the mobile gaming leaderboards, and gave birth to gaming tournaments in India as well. Finally, in India, PUBG Mobile attracted big title sponsors, offering fringe gamers sizeable prize money for all the time spent in winning chicken dinners.
Through this phenomena rose India’s influx of tier II users, who began procuring smartphones at competitive prices and prepaid plans with high data allowances at super affordable rates. The key to PUBG’s community approach is its clan mode, where four players would come together – at times from different parts of the country – to take on other similar teams in all-out deathmatches. The impact became far-reaching, and today, Nodwin Gaming has wrapped up three years of broadcasting gaming tournaments via OTT platform, Disney+ Hotstar.

Akshat Rathee, co-founder and managing director of Nodwin Gaming, tells News18, “We have been broadcasting our gaming tournaments on multiple platforms such as MX Player and Voot previously, but finally now, we are seeing the ecosystem really take off. It has taken us about three to five years in developing a grassroots ecosystem to promote gaming the way we are today. Our viewership numbers on Hotstar today are in the millions.”

The million-odd viewership numbers have been further buoyed by the Covid-19 pandemic, when physical sporting events stood cancelled across the world. Rathee says that Nodwin’s gaming tournament, ESL India Premiership, filled up this void very effectively, and also had a trickle-down effect. “Through broadcasting these tournaments on major platforms, and with even parents having time at hand through the lockdown periods, we saw a holistic growth in interest in e-sports. The older age groups finally started understanding what the younger generation was hooked to, and saw the scale at which these tournaments are being held, which surely has a positive impact in the world of gaming,” he says.

At the centre of all this is easy availability of smartphones that can play the game smoothly, and of course, widely available and affordable internet. Today’s data plans offer internet at as low as Rs 3-4 per GB, and the effects of this are tremendous. Rathee claims that e-sports ranks consistently among the highest watched live sports in India, since the effects of gaming being broadcast on TV are far reaching and offering a concrete validation of gaming being more than just casual fritter-aways.

Rathee believes that the rise of internet-driven mobile usage is the single biggest factor behind promoting the gaming industry of India. “Think of PC gaming as test cricket, and console gaming as somewhat akin to one-day cricket matches. Mobile gaming, on this note, is T20 cricket – it does not take you exhaustive and extensive resources to become a mobile gamer, it is widely available to one and all, and it is also more instantaneous. It is this that has helped gaming move beyond the big cities and into the tier II cities and beyond,” he says.

“For PUBG Mobile, the principal language of gaming is Hindi. For the first time ever, the broadcast we did for the PUBG Mobile India Series in partnership with Tencent was not in English, but in Hindi. This has clearly breached the divide and the assumptions in this field – PC gaming was always looked at as an English-first entity, and required a level of knowledge and sophistication. All that is gone,” Rathee adds. It is this process of democratisation of the gaming industry that truly underlines what the internet has done for gaming, and the effect does not simply stop with PUBG Mobile.

Ludo King: Play anywhere, anytime While the younger crowd preferred the thrill of games like PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty, an unassuming game on the other hand became a sensation over the past few months. Ludo, the old board game that was ubiquitous to Indian community households, took on an online avatar and shot to the top of popularity charts. In May 2020, Ludo King had over 189 million monthly active users and over 51 million daily active users – numbers that are enviable to major technology companies around the world. Built by Vikash Jaiswal, Ludo King is an Indian game that ticks all the ‘aatmanirbhar’ checkboxes, and alongside, also resides in phones of older users – people who would have largely never had games on their phones.
Today, Ludo King has well over 100 million downloads on the Google Play Store, and publicly available data by Sensor Tower pegs it among the top 10 most downloaded games in each of the past few months. With a simple interface, the ability to play against strangers as well as create boards with friends and family members, and affable stickers to motivate co-players or tease opponents, Ludo King embodied the growth of India’s internet ecosystem like no other service.

It also showed how increasing India’s internet penetration is becoming. Ludo King became an effective way for people to connect and while away time in the past few months, with families taking time out to play Ludo. It may not be gaming in the same, RGB-driven, hoodie-cloaked sense that stereotypes young gamers around the world, but is perhaps the most ideal candidate that underlines the impact that the internet has today on us as a society.

25 years later, internet is no longer a luxury – it is a necessity in the same way that entertainment brings respite to stress. It is a necessity for information, and at the same time, a catalyst that may just have woken India up to the possibility of taking gaming as a serious career option.

Editor’s note: This article is part of News18’s 25 Years of Internet in India series, where we capture how the state of mobile services, home broadband, internet services and content have evolved, particularly in the past few years. We try to understand what the internet means for us, be it for the new reality of work from home, for entertainment of the habit of ‘binge watching’, music streaming, online gaming and more.

Addicted To PUBG, AP Teenager Skips Food & Water; Dies After Playing Game Continuously For Days

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PUBG addiction has claimed yet another life in India! In a shocking case, a 16-year-old boy in Andhra Pradesh, who was reportedly addicted to PUBG game, died after playing the game continuously for many days. Due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, the boy had been staying at home and spent most of his time playing online games, especially PUBG. He was so addicted to the game, that he forgot about eating and drinking and skipped his meals for days. Without having a sip of water or a morsel to eat, the boy fell sick due to severe dehydration, as per a Hindu report. Soon after, his family members rushed him to a private hospital in Eluru Town. Suffering from extreme diarrhoea, he died while undergoing treatment on Monday. In a similar case in January, a 25-year-old man died after suffering a brain stroke while playing the game in Pune. As per reports, Harshal Memane, while playing the game, complained about not being able to move his right arm and leg. He was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was diagnosed with intracerebral haemorrhage, and subsequently passed away PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is an online multiplayer game created by a South Korean company and experts have claimed it adversely affects the behaviour of those addicted to it.

PUBG Is Conquered By An Old Indian Game

If you are fond of slightly macabre puns, you may like this: The game of dies has been bested by the game of dice. Okay, to be specific, PUBG Mobile has been dethroned by Ludo King, the traditional Indian game that is fancied by kids and family, in terms of app downloads for the period April to June.

According to Sensor Tower, the company that provides enterprise-level data on mobile apps and publishers, gaming apps saw 15.1 billion downloads worldwide in April-June quarter. And the lockdown-tied India alone contributed 2.27 billion downloads of it. That would make roughly around 18% of the global downloads.

Among the Indian downloads in gaming apps, Ludo King saw a staggering 48.3 million downloads. PUBG Mobile, which is a rage among the youth, clocked in 30.8 million new installs, and was ranked three.

Ludo King’s ascension to the top, is not overnight. There was enough hints that this game app, developed by India’s Gametion Technology, was growing. In January-March it had 29.5 million new installs and was placed second in the list.

But in the April-June quarter, it has captured the top throne.

Ludo King, developed by Mumbai-based Gametion Tech, is the first Indian gaming application to pass 100 million downloads. First launched in February 2016, Ludo King’s May revenue was about $922,000 worldwide, thanks to in-game purchases.

The Covid-19 induced lockdown, which ensured that families were holed up in the house for long periods, kicked up a demand for gaming apps to keep the kids engaged. The free gaming app Ludo King, which is good fun as a family game — it is uncomplicated and allows multiple players across age groups — has been seeing remarkable numbers in terms of downloads.

In February, Ludo King had 10.8 million downloads, while in April it accumulated 26 million downloads, an increase of 140.7%, according to a report in the Economic Times.

The report quotes Vikash Jaiswal, creator of Ludo King and founder, Gametion Technologies, as saying: “While Ludo King’s daily active users (DAU) was around 25 million last year, the app’s current DAU (at its peak) is approx 43 million. The company had to migrate from 25 servers to 200 servers to meet its peak daily traffic during the lockdown with users spending an average 50-55 minutes on the app”.

Another reason for Ludo King being a bigger crowd-puller than PUBG Mobile in this period is the fact Ludo King is an Indian app, while the latter has its origins in China. The local sentiment is said to have had a hand in its rising popularity.

But essentially, Ludo as a game is something that almost every household in India has played in some form or the other. It is a tradition in the country for grandparents to play this game with their grandchildren.

And technology has now merely helped that tradition to triumph.

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