Nazara Technologies Ltd. and Delta Corp Ltd. invest INR 40 crores in HalaPlay (March 2019)
HalaPlay – Number two Daily Fantasy Sports platform in India
March 18, 2019: Nazara Technologies Ltd., India’s leading gaming company and Delta Corp Ltd. India based casino gaming company, together invest INR 40 Crores as part of Series-A funding round in HalaPlay, an online Daily Fantasy Sports platform.
Halaplay is a real money based daily fantasy sports platform. HalaPlay launched in 2017, has seen an explosive growth in the user base and total transactions since then. HalaPlay has in the past received investment from Nazara Technologies, Kae Capital, Angel List and other angel investors and is currently set to be the second largest Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) platform in India. Halaplay has seen 10x user growth in the last 12 months and will exponentially grow with over 1 crore active players to play in upcoming cricket season.
According to Swapnil Saurav, CEO, Halaplay, “Getting funding support from two of India’s largest gaming companies instills faith in us as a team taking us a notch higher in the Indian fantasy sports arena. Fantasy sports has been on the rise with the market being estimated to be $1 billion currently and is expected to go up to $5 billion in the next two years and hence this boost could not have come at a better time ensuring and enabling our growth along with.”
Ashish Kapadia, Managing Director of Delta Corp. says “Delta believes in the HalaPlay team and their ability to innovate in the daily fantasy sports industry. Their viral growth is proof that they have been able to build a differentiated product that users love. We are excited by their potential, and are confident that this round of funding will help propel them to even greater heights.”
Manish Agarwal, CEO of Nazara Technologies Ltd. says “Nazara invested in HalaPlay in 2017 and we continue to be excited about the growth story of HalaPlay. We are confident that Halaplay with this fresh round of funds will ride the explosive growth of fantasy sports in India.”
Nazara has been actively pursuing opportunities in the interactive sports vertical categories and has invested in mobile gaming companies like Mastermind Sports Limited and Moonglabs Technologies Pvt Ltd apart from HalaPlay Technologies Pvt Ltd. Nazara has also taken a majority stake in Next Wave Multimedia Private Limited and Nodwin Gaming Private Limited in the e sports arena in addition to recent investments in CrimzonCode and NZWorld (NZWorld Kenya Limited) to set up operations of real money gaming in Kenya.
About Hala Play
Halaplay Technologies Private Limited is in the sports entertainment business, started by 4 batchmates from BITS Pilani – Goa. They launched their first product in the fantasy sports industry (halaplay.com) in Jan 2017 for their serious and casual sports fans. They currently cover worldwide cricket, football & kabaddi leagues and venturing into other sports. https://www.halaplay.com/home
About Delta Corp
Delta Corp Limited (“Delta Corp”) is the only listed company engaged in the casino (live, electronic and online) gaming industry in India. We, along with our Subsidiaries, currently own and operate casinos in India, in the states of Goa and Sikkim, offering approximately 1,800 gaming positions. In addition, we have also ventured into the fast-growing online gaming space through our acquisition of Gauss Networks Private Limited, which operates the online poker site ‘Adda52.com’. Our early-mover advantage has helped us secure a leadership position, with our Company holding three of the six offshore gaming licenses issued in Goa, one land based casino in Goa and one in Sikkim; and three online gaming sites.