Online gaming firm Games24x7 has joined hands with the state government of Karnataka to launch its gaming accelerator programme. IT minister Priyank Kharge, IT secretary Ekroop Caur, IT secretary MD Darshan HV were present at the launch of the event. Games24x7 CTO Rajat Bansal announced the programme named GameTech Accelerate along with other prominent figures.
The six-week-long programme aims to help early-stage startups in the online gaming sector. Games24x7 will identify and fund startups that have raised less than $5 million previously, while also providing other viable aid.
The primary focus of the programme are games across categories like RMG, casual, hyper casual, educational, simulation, strategy and MMO. Additionally, real-time analytics, telemetry and personalisation, security and anti-cheating measures, and community and social integration will also be focused upon.
Speaking on the partnership, Kharge said, “Karnataka boasts one of the most vibrant technology startup ecosystems in the nation, and we are dedicated to nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship through initiatives like these.”
“The online gaming sector in India is rapidly evolving, and it is crucial to support this industry, which not only generates employment opportunities but also fosters innovation, contributing significantly to our digital economy,” he further added.
The programme represents our firm commitment to unlock the industry’s full potential, says Games24x7 CTO Rajat Bansal
Talking about the programme, Bansal said, “Games24x7’s accelerator programme represents our firm commitment to unlock the gaming industry’s full potential. Our winners won’t just receive accolades and mentorship; they’ll pitch to potential investors, gaining crucial support to transform their visionary ideas into reality.”
Startups that meet the requirement are free to apply. The final list of selected startups will be announced during the upcoming GAFX event at Bengaluru in January 2024.
All the shortlisted startups will be provided the said hybrid training that includes in-person and virtual training. The first session will be held between January-February 2024, while the virtual session will be during the first week of March.