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I think India is a year away from its first Indie gaming superstar: Mike Bithell
5:00 pm PDT 21/04/2015 By Vivek Kapadia

The Indie developers scene is something to watch out for in the domestic market, specially on the mobile front. There have been many small studios that have hit it big in the recent past, to the extent of being featured on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, like Yellow Monkey Studio’s Socioball, HashStash’s Splash Damage and Mech Mocha’s Puppet Punch. In the recently concluded Reliance Games PGConnects Bangalore there were a host of such Indies who had … Read More

Robosoft Technologies receives $12 million in funding
5:00 pm PDT 20/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Robosoft Technologies, a mobile solutions provider from Udupi, has secured a Series B funding from Ascent Capital, with participation from the existing investor, Kalaari Capital. The funding is worth $12 million and most of it from Ascent Capital and a small part of it by Kalaari as a follow-on investment on their previous venture capital funding in the company in 2013. Rohith said that the new round of funding will be used to bolster all the current offerings of the … Read More

Xigma Games bags the Very Big Indie Pitch award at Reliance Games’ PGConnects Bangalore
7:00 am PDT 17/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Day 1 at Reliance Games’ Pocket Gamer Connects 2015 culminated amidst much fanfare and a grand party with the Very Big Indie Pitch being the highlight of day where one developer had a chance to win global publicity, investments and publishing contracts, and a cash prize of one million rupees, with an add on opportunity to be incubated at the Reliance Games studio. Very Big Indie Pitch started as Game Hack across six cities in India, along with Frame your … Read More

Bee7 and Vserv join forces to facilitate monetisation in India and Southeast Asia
6:30 am PDT 17/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Outfit7’s in-house monetisation and user engagement platform Bee7 has launched a partnership with Vserv, the smart data platform for mobile marketing in India & Southeast Asia, to help solve mobile games monetisation in these markets. Monetisation in India and Southeast Asia has been notoriously difficult due to weak payment infrastructure and low credit card usage, which makes paying for games or in-app purchases practically impossible. The partnership combines Bee7’s unique game wall tool and Vserv’s app monetisation solution - VMAX, thereby enabling … Read More

Nazara Technologies looks to beef up with $50 million from private equity
5:00 pm PDT 15/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Mumbai based mobile gaming company Nazara Technologies, is expected to raise $50 million through the private equity route. A number of private equity investors are interested in Nazara given its strength as a profitable venture, as per a VCCircle report. The firm’s valuation is expected to be 7-8 times its annual revenue of Rs 300 crore. Founded in 2000, Nazara gained traction when it changed course in 2003 to make games for mobile phones. In 2006 and 2007 it raised … Read More

Rockstars take centre stage as ‘Guitar Hero’ returns in new avatar
2:30 pm PDT 15/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

One of the most popular music genre games Guitar Hero is back from a long hiatus and will feature in an all new form – as a first person game with a new guitar. Activision has announced Guitar Hero Live will be coming this fall to consoles and mobiles. Developed by FreeStyleGames, the studio behind DJ Hero, has been working on the game for the last two years. Guitar Hero Live‘s controller does away with old bright coloured keys for two rows … Read More

Exciting sessions and learnings await at Reliance Games PGConnects in Bangalore
7:00 pm PDT 14/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

With only two days to go for one of the most awaited gaming events to take place in the country, PGConnects Bangalore boasts of heavyweights from the industry coming in as speakers sharing their experiences and the learnings that they’ve had over the years. The sessions have been divided into different tracks : Acquire and Monetise, East meets West, Indie Academy and Make in India. Acquire and Monetise offers monetisation techniques where industry gurus and bigwigs from the ad networks … Read More

PewDiePie side scrolls into a game ‘Legend of the Brofist’
1:30 pm PDT 14/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Let’s Player and most subscribed YouTuber PewDiePie (aka Felix Kjellberg) has got a game dedicated to him and its called PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist. It will make its debut on iOS and Android this summer. The 2D action-platformer has one playing as PewDiePie or his partner CutiePie, along with their two pugs Edgar and Maya. Much hasn’t been revealed about the game but one thing is for sure that the video blogger will be travelling across an world including places … Read More

Rovio’s ‘Angry Birds’ takes flight with Global Eagle Entertainment
10:30 am PDT 14/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) a market-leading media and connectivity provider to the travel industry, announced a partnership with Rovio Entertainment, the global entertainment media company with games at heart, to provide the world’s best-known casual mobile gaming franchise, Angry Birds, to airlines as inflight entertainment content. “Since it was first introduced, Angry Birds has grown into one of the most recognised brands in the world,” said Alexis Steinman, SVP of digital products at GEE. “We are very excited to be able to … Read More

Education gaming start-up Nayi Disha raises seed funding worth Rs 2 crore
6:00 pm PDT 13/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Delhi based Nayi Disha Studios, an educational gaming start-up which uses Motion sensing tech to develop educational games, has raised a seed funding of Rs 2 crore from CX Partners managing partner Ajay Relan. The company is planning to expand across India and international markets, particularly in the Middle East, Singapore and APAC regions with the newly raised fund. The company is also looking at selling the product through retail stores as well as online. Founded in 2012 by Kushal Bhagia and Kartik Aneja, … Read More

After recent Nintendo partnership, DeNA hit with layoffs
1:00 pm PDT 11/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

DeNA, the Japanese gaming company has laid off a large number of its employees from it Vancouver studio said a company spokesperson yesterday. “DeNA Group is continually evaluating its game development operations to ensure that it’s structured in the best possible way to deliver high-quality mobile games to consumers worldwide,” DeNA said in a statement. “As a part of this process, we have decided to reshape the structure of our North American studio operations along with a reduction in workforce. … Read More

Net Neutrality: Why the hue and cry?
3:30 pm PDT 10/04/2015 By Vivek Kapadia

Ever since the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released the paper on OTT, a lot of buzz has been generated, not only among the various industry people but also the common public about Net Neutrality and how it will change the course of one’s usage patterns of internet; with telecom operators curtailing and curating what one can watch on the World Wide Web. Let us first understand what Net Neutrality means: Let’s say there is an equal playground for … Read More