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The Impressive Story Of How Rummy Made A Comeback
A popular card game in India till not too long ago, rummy had an almost cult-like status among its aficionados. Played on festivals like Diwali and popular during weddings and other family occasions, rummy captured the hearts of many. With time, however, its popularity declined. As players started moving to modern games on the internet, rummy began to find fewer takers.
This, however, was a short-lived setback. Rummy is once again bouncing back into the spotlight. A significant factor that contributed to this resurgence is the game’s shift to online platforms. A smooth game design and a hassle-free user experience made it possible to play rummy online, which eventually helped the game climb the popularity charts.
Here’s a detailed account of how rummy made an impressive comeback into the hearts of card game enthusiasts around the world.
A brief history of rummy:
Card players all over the world are well-acquainted with rummy. This exciting game requires one to form sets in a relevant sequence by drawing or discarding from the pile. Having evolved from a Spanish game called ‘Conquian’, it migrated to various other countries. It is even said to have been played during World War I at obscure coffee shop tables in Budapest.
As it has been played for centuries, Indian rummy has evolved into numerous variations, depending on where it was popular.
Rummy’s rise and fall:
Since the game was (and still is) quite easy to learn, it appeals to a diverse set of people. Fans swear by the immense excitement rummy invokes and the convenience of requiring no more equipment than a deck of cards. Cards could be carried just about anywhere, and so the game became a popular way to keep boredom at bay. From sailors at sea to ladies at kitty parties, rummy was loved by one and all.
After having spread to almost every corner of the world, rummy was thriving. But soon the growth curve hit a plateau. Perhaps the main reason for its decline was the onset of arcade games, which were later followed by online games, thanks to the boom in technology. What was once the most played card game was soon facing the prospect of going extinct.
Over the past few years, rummy has made a fantastic comeback. With the advent of online gaming, this favorite card game is now becoming all the rage, mainly because it now involves an easy way to win money. Rummy has always been an absolute crowd pleaser, and it is no surprise that it’s once again attained fame due to the fun and excitement it offers.
Advancements in technology are now ushering in a new era for online rummy, which is fast becoming a sensation. With multiple variations of Indian rummy now available at the swipe of a finger, you can choose the variant you want to play. Thanks to online rummy, you now have the option to earn while you play and win exciting rewards – both cash and in kind.
As more and more people play rummy online, this traditional game of tact and skill is adopting an all-new tech-savvy avatar.
According to research conducted by FICCI KPMG in 2016, the gaming industry contributes Rs 26.5 billion in a year and is expected to grow to Rs 50.7 billion by 2020. Around 40% of this comes from free online rummy, with a growth rate of over 30-40% with each passing year.
With the smartphone revolution taking India by storm, there has been a catalytic growth in online rummy. With more than one billion smartphone users in India, we are yet to realize the full effects of internet penetration in the country. While mobile gaming is now insanely popular, online rummy has also started to see a rise in popularity.
With multiple cash rewards and a fabulous gaming experience, young online gamers are finding themselves hooked to the game!
Online rummy is here to stay:
Rummy has always been a skill-based game, involving a test of strategy, memory, and forward thinking. Now that the game can be played online, not just on the PC but on smartphones as well, players are once again realizing the benefits it offers in multiple areas – concentration, boosting memory, analytical skills, and implementing the mathematical principles of permutation/combination and probability.
Certainly, rummy requires a keen eye and helps increase focus. If that’s not enough motivation, it helps that many online rummy sites let registered players play for cash and other prizes. Actually, it is the only card game that allows to play for cash and is legal in India. No wonder it is growing more popular by the day. This exciting game of skill and strategy is back and here to stay!
Webmaster and growth marketer for RummyCircle, known platform to play rummy in India.
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