Mumbai: Fantasy sports self-regulatory industry body, the Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS), has announced the fourth edition of its Annual Conference - GamePlan 2021, to be held virtually on 25 August. The event will witness the launch of an industry report on online fantasy sports (OFS), ‘Online Fantasy Sports: Creating a Virtuous Cycle of Sports Development’ along with in-depth discussions on the growth, impact, and potential of the industry.
GamePlan 2021 will include keynotes by UP Law Commission, chairman, justice AN Mittal; Government of Telangana, Industries and Commerce (IandC) and Information Technology, principal secretary, Jayesh Ranjan; Invest India, MD & CEO, Deepak Bagla and justice (retd) Arjan Sikri.
The conference will host a ‘CEO Roundtable on leadership Lessons from Founders’ with Dream11 and Dream Sports, co-founder & CEO, Harsh Jain; MPL, co-founder & CEO, Sai Srinivas; Games 24x7, co-founder & CEO, Bhavin Pandya, and MyTeam11, co-founder & CEO, Vinit Godara.
Besides the report launch and keynotes, there will also be three panel discussions on ‘The Economic Impact of OFS in India’, ‘Fantasy Sports: Fuelling Sports Consumption and Fan Engagement’, and ‘The Evolving Legal Landscape of Fantasy Sports in India’.
Among the eminent dignitaries speaking at the event are Dream11 and Dream Sports, COO & co-founder, Bhavit Sheth; Indian quizzer, orator, writer, sports producer and VP at Baseline Ventures India Pvt Ltd, Joy Bhattacharya; ITW Mediaworx, managing partner & CEO, Nikhil Vyas; NBA India, AVP-global partnerships, Siddharth Chury; Gameplan Sports, MD, Jeet Banerjee; enJogo, co-founder & CEO, Kishore Taid; Supreme Court of India, senior advocate, Gopal Jain, and Saraf & Partners, partner, Vaibhav Kakkar.
The panel discussions will be moderated by Ninanand Mathew, founding partner, Santosh Mathew; TMT Consulting, Deloitte, partner, Prashant Rao; Deal Advisory, partner and KPMG India, head - media and entertainment, Girish Menon; IndiaTech.org, president and CEO, Rameesh Kailasam, and LawNK, principal lawyer, Nandan Kamath.
Commenting on the announcement of the new edition, FIFS and FSRA, and former CIC, Govt of India, chairman, Bimal Julka said, “We are delighted to be back with the fourth edition of GamePlan where, together, we will deliberate on the impact and potential of the Online Fantasy Sports industry. With the right guidance and regulations, the Indian OFS industry will certainly have a far more positive impact on the Indian economy and sports ecosystem.”
The 2020 edition of virtual GamePlan was attended by over 1500 delegates from technology platforms, game developers, fantasy sports operators, financial institutions, payment gateways, consulting firms, media agencies, sports leagues, and legal advisory firms.