Mumbai, November 30th, 2017: WestBridge Capital-backed Nazara Technologies today announced, that IIFL Special Opportunities Fund has acquired a minority stake in Nazara for approximately Rs. 330 Cr.
Nazara Technologies is a leading mobile games company which is engaged in the acquisition of, value addition to and distribution of mobile games across emerging markets.
Commenting on the recent investment made by IIFL Special Opportunities Fund (including series thereunder), Nitish Mittersain, Managing Director & Founder, Nazara Technologies says, “We at Nazara, welcome IIFL AMC to join us on the exciting journey of tapping into the potential offered by gaming across the emerging markets in the Indian subcontinent, South East Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.”
Sandeep Singhal MD & Co founder WestBridge Capital added, “WestBridge has been an investor in Nazara since 2005 and it is a matter of great pride to see the young company grow up into an adult the way it has. We believe that IIFL AMC’s addition as an investor will add value to the company’s future plans in meaningful ways.”
According to Mr. Prashasta Seth, CEO, IIFL Asset Management Ltd, “The gaming industry is expected to see growth in India & emerging markets. With its strong leadership and highly motivated team, Nazara is in a position to capture this growth and has the potential to emerge as a leading player in mobile gaming industry across emerging markets. We are happy to partner with the company in this journey and be a part of their growth story.”
IIFL Special Opportunities Fund (including series thereunder), has raised around US$1 bn and has invested in a number of companies in the last few months including ICICI Lombard, NSE, Capacite, IEX and Reliance Nippon AMC.
Nazara is a mobile games company headquartered in Mumbai, India and has operations in 61 countries across emerging markets, as on September 30, 2017. Nazara runs mobile gaming subscription services to mass mobile internet users comprising largely of first time mobile gamers across Africa, Middle East, South East Asia, Latin America and the Indian subcontinent. In India, Nazara has licensed mobile gaming rights to popular IP’s like Virat Kohli, Hrithik Roshan, Chhota Bheem, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Motu Patlu, Mighty Raju, Tinkle Characters and Chacha Choudhary.
Nazara was one of the leading publishers by downloads on Google Play Store with more than 22 million downloads in India in the calendar year 2016 and the company crossed over 34 million downloads in the calendar Year 2017 until September 30, 2017. Nazara had over 10 million monthly active users in September 2017 across its network of games on Google Play Store.
IIFL Asset Management Ltd. is part of IIFL Investment Managers. IIFL AMC is an asset management firm, launched with an objective of providing differentiated investment products suited for the market environment. The AMC’s differentiated suite includes mutual funds, alternative investment funds and venture capital funds spanning across public and private equities, fixed income securities and real estate. Its distinctive products bring out the entrepreneurial edge, agility and speed of execution of a boutique asset management firm.