Playing Tetris has taught us an extremely valuable life lesson. If you fit in, you’re going to disappear, and the gaming startup industry is the perfect example. What was seen as a hobby, just required someone to break the myth and turn this industry into a lucrative option for other gamers to follow their passion and have their gaming startups in India.
Here is a list of five gaming startups in India that are making a name for themselves with their innovative approach:
Dream 11, India’s first mobile-based company that introduced fantasy sports like cricket, football, basketball, hockey, kabaddi, etc., is an application that allows its users to create imaginary teams. The users stand a chance to earn cash based on the actual match performance of the players they have selected for their teams.
Dream 11 is India’s first gaming company to gain a unicorn status in 2019, i.e., has a valuation of over $1 billion. In August 2020, they won the title sponsorship for the Indian Premier League 2020, and they also have partnerships with International Cricket Council (ICC), International Hockey Association, and Pro Kabaddi League.
Paytm First Games
Previously known as Gamepind, Paytm First Games is a joint venture between Ali baba’s AGTech holdings and Paytm. It is a gaming platform that offers cash prizes and rewards to its users for playing games. Some of the games on their platform are Jelly Crush, Basketball Hero, 8 Ball Pool, and many more. Some of these rewards can also be directly credited to the user’s Paytm wallet or preferred bank account.
Based in Udupi, 99Games is India’s leading developer and publisher of games. It was founded in 2008, by Rohit Bhat. Wordsworth was their first game, and it was a super hit as it crossed more than 1 million downloads among Apple users. In 2013, they released their most successful game to date, based on the Bollywood movie- Dhoom 3. Since its inception, they have released 22 game titles, and have almost 100 million downloads globally.
Games2Win, founded in 2005 by Mahesh Khambadkone and Alok Kejriwal in Mumbai, is one of the world’s largest mobile game publishers. It has approximately 200 million app downloads. It offers online gaming portals, in-game ad networks, mobile social networks, and proprietary games. Their games are available on Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple.
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Octro Inc. was founded in 2006, in Delhi. It is the orchestrator of the famous games Tambola House and Indian Rummy which were launched in the same year. They were the first to introduce the concept of productivity along with gaming in India. Octro has become one of the fastest-growing mobile gaming companies and has games topping charts on Google Play and Apple iOS. The digital revolution over the past few years has also helped the gaming startups in India rise to a higher level. It was further fueled by the startup culture that has taken over the country by storm. Due to these factors, we saw the number of people who play online games in India in 2019 cross 300 million and that number has been growing since then.