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Dream11 Becomes India’s First Gaming Unicorn With Investment From Steadview Capital

Written by Dennis Bailey

Mumbai-based delusion gaming startup Dream11 has joined the Indian unicorn membership with an investment from Steadview Capital. According to the enterprise assertion, the deal includes a secondary sale of shares by way of Kalaari Capital, Think Investments and Multiples Equity.
Founded in 2008 by using Harsh Jain and Bhavit Sheth, Dream11 offers its users fantasy gaming in categories which include cricket, football, kabaddi, and National Basketball Association (NBA). It claims to have 50 Mn customers and allows them to showcase their sports knowledge thru fable gaming. Dream11 users pay an entry price to participate in paid contests, and the organisation makes its money by way of charging a platform charge from the total pool accumulated.
Dream11’s Exponential Growth
The employer claims to have grown at a CAGR of 230% in the last three years, however, took three years to hit its first million gamers mark but after that crossed three Mn users in much less than two months in 2016. No surprise, its co-founder and COO, Bhavit Sheth, is fond of pronouncing that “It takes ten years to construct an overnight success.”
The agency closed a gigantic $one hundred Mn spherical of funding in September last yr and changed into close to turning into India’s first gaming unicorn, in line with Inc42 DataLabs.
Harsh Jain, CEO and co-founder, Dream11 said, “We are excited to welcome Steadview Capital onboard. Our exponential boom over the last few years could no longer have been viable without the support and agree with our traders and Dreamsters (personnel). We will preserve working hard and are targeting to end the 12 months with a hundred Mn customers.”

The improvement comes at a time while Dream11 is encashing at the IPL season in the united states of America. Sheth had recently told Inc42 that the business enterprise had 1,000,000 concurrent users in the final IPL and this yr they are watching for to deal with 2 Mn-3 Mn customers.
Dream11 turned into named a few of the Top 10 most significant and most famous trends of 2018 in India, in keeping with a document by Google, which saw gaming app PUBG Mobile take the No. 1 spot.
Ravi Mehta, managing director, Steadview Capital, said, “We at Steadview believe that Dream11 is poised to emerge as the leading sports activities corporation in India catering to everything a sports fan wishes. We assume very notably of the visionary founders and are excited to associate with the group on this adventure. The corporation’s extra special boom track-record, dominant leadership in each day delusion gaming and strong engagement metrics is a testament to the patron love for the platform.”
Fantasy Sport Gaming In India
The online gaming marketplace in India which stood at $290 Mn in 2017, is anticipated to grow to $1 Bn by using 2021. The zone has gone through a fantastic revolution in the previous few years.
India’s ‘video games of ability’ marketplace constitutes but some other digital sector that has been enabled and expanded by using the rapid adoption of the net. The net revolution introduced in with the aid of Reliance Jio, the rise of internet and cellphone penetration even in rural areas, in addition to the growth of online gaming players like Nazara Technologies, Dream11, 99Games, Octro, and Games2Win; have proven to be the key using factors for the continuing revolution inside this segment.
A file via Flurry Analytics said that India presently ranks some of the pinnacle five international locations inside the international for online and cellular gaming.
According to Deloitte, Fantasy Sports in India has grown via 199. Sixty-nine %, generating total revenue of approximately INR 67 Cr in 2016-17. This increase can be attributed to annual T20 cricket summer time while the Indian Premier League (IPL) dominates all sports activities in India. Dream11 was the associate sponsor of IPL 2018 and is still the equal for IPL 2019.

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