For each game, Nazara will invest a minimum of INR 1 Cr and aims to release up to 20 games within the next 18 months
Nazara will collaborate with various Indian and global developers to adapt and introduce these games to India's extensive gaming community, while also facilitating the global publication of games created by Indian developers
Within the Nazara Publishing platform, developers will gain access to mentors who are industry leaders and experts
Nazara Technologies, a gaming and sports media platform, has launched a new game publishing division — Nazara Publishing — dedicated to launching top-quality games for both the Indian and international markets.
The gaming giant will collaborate with various Indian and global developers to adapt and introduce these games to India’s extensive gaming community, while also facilitating the global publication of games created by Indian developers.
For each game, Nazara will invest a minimum of INR 1 Cr and aims to release up to 20 games within the next 18 months. Apart from financial support, Nazara will offer developers assistance in game design, localisation, data analytics, beta testing, quality assurance, improved monetisation strategies, and robust distribution through smart user acquisition spending and platform partnerships.
Within the Nazara Publishing platform, developers will also gain access to mentors who are industry leaders and experts. The overall idea is not only to assist game studios in successfully launching games but also in overcoming challenges, accelerating their growth, and making a lasting impact on the Indian gaming ecosystem.
Nitish Mittersain, CEO and joint MD of Nazara Technologies stated, “… We are committed to nurturing Indian and global game developers, offering resources, expertise, and a robust network to deliver top-quality gaming experiences to India’s extensive audience. With a particular emphasis on supporting Indian developers, Nazara recognises a substantial opportunity in the Make-in-India initiative. As part of this initiative, we will also actively promote Indian game developers on a global scale.”
Nazara operates as a gaming and sports media platform, and it has a footprint not only in India but also in emerging and global markets such as Africa and North America. The company’s diverse portfolio includes interactive gaming, eSports, ad-tech, and gamified early learning ecosystems.
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