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Nazara acquires skill gaming platform OpenPlay for Rs 186 cr

OpenPlay operates multi-game consumer gaming platform under the “Classic Games”

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Mumbai: Nazara Technologies, home-grown diversified gaming and sports media platform has announced that it has acquired 100 per cent stake in Hyderabad-based skill gaming company OpenPlay for a total consideration of Rs 186.4 crores.

OpenPlay operates a multi-game consumer gaming platform under the “Classic Games” brand which hosts popular skill-based games while following high standards of technology, game fairness, advance player protection, security, AML and advertising standards. It currently has an annualised gross gaming revenue run rate of Rs 80 cr and is operating on EBITDA positive margins.

Nazara CEO Manish Agarwal said, “The OpenPlay acquisition offers an opportunity for Nazara to build a network of skill gaming destinations operating on one common tech platform under the proven leadership of Sreeram and his team at OpenPlay. Sreeram is a successful entrepreneur globally in online real money gaming and we are excited that he will be leading Nazara’s growth in this sector.”

OpenPlay is led by Sreeram Reddy Vanga who is a serial entrepreneur in the global online gaming industry. In his previous avatar, he founded and led CozyGames to become the second largest Bingo network in the UK before being acquired. He was also part of the early team at PartyGaming which went IPO on London Stock Exchange in 2005.

Sreeram Reddy Vanga said, “I’m excited to join the ‘Friends of Nazara Network’ and look forward to working closely with Nazara leadership and the Network to build India’s largest vernacular social gaming and entertainment platform. Our technology complemented by Nazara’s positioning in the gaming industry in India is the perfect combination for this endeavour.”

The “Friends of Nazara” network comprises established gaming companies in which Nazara holds majority stakes and works actively with existing founders and management teams to rapidly achieve scale. These companies include Nodwin Gaming and Sportskeeda in Esports Next Wave Multimedia, developer of World Cricket Championship (WCC), the largest mobile-based cricket simulation game and Paper Boat Apps, developers of popular gamified early learning app Kiddopia.

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