Zerodha CEO highlights shift from cricket to digital gaming among youth

Published on:

Nithin Kamath, co-founder and CEO of Zerodha, recently shared his observations on the shifting interests of the younger generation, noting a movement away from traditional sports like cricket towards digital gaming. Kamath’s insights, shared via a tweet, reflect a broader global trend where digital gaming has become a form of entertainment among youth, often surpassing traditional sports in popularity.

“When I was younger, cricket had all our attention, whether it was playing, watching, or cheering,” Kamath tweeted. “It seems like in the younger generation today, cricket has been replaced with games. It’s been intriguing to see how the gaming landscape has evolved over time.”

As reported by Mint, this observation comes as Kamath opens applications for the Gaming Fund, inviting innovators in the gaming industry to register and potentially secure funding for their projects. “If you or someone you know is building something in the industry (doesn’t only have to be a game), register here,” Kamath added, including a link to the application form.

The shift from cricket to digital gaming is fueled by advancements in technology and the increasing accessibility of gaming platforms. This trend has sparked discussions among social media users, with some agreeing and others opposing Kamath’s views.

“Cricket was our passion, but today’s kids are deeply immersed in gaming. It’s a reminder of how times change and new interests emerge. Know someone with a great gaming concept? Encourage them to apply and turn their vision into reality,” commented one user on X.

However, not all agree with Kamath’s perspective. “Dude, if you think cricket is replaced with games then please… Come to your senses. Yes, gaming is growing, but it’s not replacing cricket. Aaj ki match ke bad memes dekho,” another user responded.

This discussion comes at a time when cricket is still making headlines, with India and South Africa advancing to the T20 World Cup Final. Both teams remain undefeated through the group stage, Super Eights, and semifinals, and arrived in Barbados on Thursday night for Saturday’s final. South Africa faced a day-long wait for a delayed charter flight from Trinidad, while India flew in after their semifinal win over England in Guyana, landing around midnight.

The changing interests of the younger generation signal a dynamic shift in the entertainment landscape, where digital gaming is gaining ground rapidly, yet traditional sports like cricket continue to captivate audiences worldwide. Kamath’s comments and the ensuing online debate highlight the growing importance of digital gaming and its potential to influence future entertainment preferences.