Pioneering Gaming Companies in India

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10 Pioneering Gaming Companies in India

Abhimannu Das
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Leading gaming companies in India, such as Nazara Technologies and NODWIN Gaming are driving innovation and growth.
Alongside game developers and esports teams, organizations like JetSynthesys and the All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) are playing crucial roles in fostering the growth of the gaming industry in India.

India's gaming industry has been rapidly growing, with several pioneering companies making significant contributions to both the Indian and global gaming scenes. Here are the profiles of some of the leading gaming companies based in India that have helped popularize gaming in the country.

Pioneering Gaming Companies in India

NODWIN Gaming

Founded in 2015, NODWIN Gaming is a leading esports organizer. It hosts major tournaments like the Valorant Agni Series, providing a platform for Indian gamers to compete and develop the local esports scene.

NODWIN Gaming's efforts have helped professionalize esports in India, attracting sponsorships and fostering a competitive environment for aspiring gamers.

Nazara Technologies

Nazara Technologies is one of India's leading gaming companies, focusing on mobile gaming. It has made significant contributions to the Indian gaming scene by promoting mobile esports and developing games catering to the Indian audience. Nazara's most successful titles include games based on popular Indian IPs such as Chhota Bheem and Motu Patlu. The company has also invested in various esports teams and initiatives, further promoting the growth of competitive gaming in India.

Indiagames

Indiagames is a true pioneer, established in 1998. It played a key role in shaping the Indian gaming landscape by developing and publishing mobile games for early feature phones and smartphones. It also dabbled in esports by hosting tournaments for its titles.

The company's success stories include "Cricket T20 Fever," which capitalized on India's cricket craze, and "Ra.One Genesis," based on a popular Bollywood movie. These titles helped introduce mobile gaming to a wider Indian audience.

JetSynthesys

JetSynthesys is a digital entertainment and gaming company known for its diverse portfolio of games catering to different demographics. The company has developed games across various genres, including casual, social, and sports-themed games. JetSynthesys has also ventured into esports with initiatives such as the JetSynthesys Esports Championship, contributing to the growth of competitive gaming in India.

All India Gaming Federation (AIGF)

AIGF is an organization focused on promoting responsible gaming and fostering the growth of the gaming industry in India. While not a gaming company in the traditional sense, AIGF plays a crucial role in shaping the regulatory environment for gaming in India and advocating for the interests of gaming companies and players alike.

Dhruva Interactive (Now Rockstar India - Development)

Founded in 1997, Dhruva Interactive was among the first game development studios in India. It gained recognition for its art and development services, collaborating with major international studios on AAA titles, mobile games, and even VR experiences.

The company's contributions to global gaming are significant, although specific titles aren't publicly known due to outsourcing partnerships. Its acquisition by Rockstar Games in 2019 solidified India's talent on the world stage.

99Games

This prominent mobile gaming company, established in 2007, is known for creating engaging and accessible games tailored to the Indian market. Its churned out over 100 titles, including massively popular games like "Ludo King" and "Carrom King" that have garnered international followings as well.

99Games has been instrumental in popularizing casual mobile gaming in India and demonstrating the global potential of Indian-developed titles.

Games2win

Games2win is a leading mobile gaming company based in India, established in 2001. It focuses on creating casual and social gaming experiences for a broad Indian audience.

Games like "Carrom Club" and "PokerDangal" have become household names in India, demonstrating the success of the company's approach to casual and social gaming.

nCore Games

nCore Games gained prominence with the release of "FAU-G: Fearless and United Guards," an action game inspired by the Indian armed forces. While facing some controversies, the game garnered significant attention and highlighted the potential of Indian game developers to create high-quality, locally relevant titles. nCore Games aims to continue developing games that resonate with the Indian audience while also expanding its reach globally.

SuperGaming

SuperGaming's flagship title is "Indus," a unique "Indo-futuristic" battle royale game available for PC, consoles, and mobile. It aims to offer a fresh perspective on the battle royale genre with an Indian touch. The made-in-India battle royale is set to launch later this year and millions of gamers have already signed up for the title in anticipation.


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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.

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