Dream 11 to Develop Video Games With Latest Acquisition
Fantasy sports giant Dream 11 will develop video games with its latest acquisition. Pune-based game developer Rolocule has been bought by Dream 11 with the intention of extending its reach to video games with a focus on mobile according to multiple industry sources familiar with the matter speaking to IGN India on condition of anonymity. This marks Dream 11’s second video game-focussed acquisition after acquiring esports platform SoStronk in late 2020 (while this was previously reported as being in “advanced talks”, sources tell IGN India that it has already happened).
The deal makes sense when you consider Rolocule’s pedigree. Bursting onto the local game development scene in 2010, Rolocule is best known for its use of gyroscopes on mobile devices, first with the iPhone and then Android smartphones to create games with control mechanics not too dissimilar to the Nintendo Wii. The studio dubbed this tech as Rolomotion and it found its way into games such as Motion Tennis, Dance Party, and Bowling Central. This was followed up with Dead Among Us — a zombie-themed sniper shooter.
After this the studio pivoted with a focus on project work for B2B clients. Considering that a large volume of Rolocule’s work is in making sports games, along with founder and CEO Rohit Gupta’s experience at the likes of EA, it’ll be interesting to see if the ambition is to enter a seemingly crowded cricket game space that’s dominated by two major players — Nextwave and JetSynthesys that have a combined audience of 280 million cricket game players between World Cricket Championship, Sachin Saga, and Real Cricket franchises.
And that’s before you consider that Dream 11 already has the tech and expertise to roll out events and tournaments. This would allow the company to profit directly from every aspect of the game as it would essentially own every piece of the ecosystem in time right from in-app purchases to distribution and broadcast rights.
That said, sources tell IGN India that this is just one of many moves from Dream 11 to diversify beyond fantasy sports. The company is in talks with several startups to cement itself in the games and esports spaces, possibly making its SoStronk and Rolocule purchases the first of many.
IGN India reached out to Dream 11 for comment and did not receive a response at time publishing. We’ll update this story if we hear from the company.
Dream 11’s move follows our exclusive report of its competitor, MPL developing a battle royale game slated for a 2021 release date which, sources tell us, could feature Indian rapper Divine as its brand ambassador.
Curious that two of the nation’s most well-funded companies that are known for anything but games have decided to dive right in. More so when you consider the frenzied ongoing investment spree in games led by Battlegrounds Mobile India aka PUBG creator Krafton.
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