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Dream Sports raises $840 million at $8 billion valuation

Dream Sports, one of India’s leading sports tech company with brands such as Dream Capital, FanCode, Dream11, DreamSetGo, Dream Game Studios, and DreamPay in its portfolio, has announced the completion of an investment of $840 Million at an $8 Billion valuation, led by Falcon Edge, DST Global, D1 Capital, Redbird Capital and Tiger Global.

The round also saw participation from existing investors like TPG and Footpath Ventures, making it amongst the largest investments globally in the sports tech sector.

Dream Sports, with an existing user base of 140 million Indian sports fans, is on a mission to build one of the world’s largest sports ecosystems which includes Sports Content, Commerce, Experiences, Fan Engagement (including Sports Gaming and Esports), Web 3.0 solutions, Fantasy Sports and Fitness Tech.

Earlier this year, Dream Sports further strengthened its commitment to this space by announcing a corpus of $250 Million through its CVC and M&A arm, Dream Capital. Dream Capital has built an initial portfolio of 10 companies, largely focusing on thematic early stage investments in India, including, Fittr, SoStronk, KheloMore and Elevar. Dream Capital is now expanding its sports, fan engagement and fitness portfolio in India and globally.

Commenting on the investment, Harsh Jain, CEO and Co-Founder, Dream Sports said: “Our vision and mission is to create an entrepreneur-led virtuous cycle of investment, innovation and wealth creation for all stakeholders in the sports ecosystem, from fans to athletes, teams and leagues.”

“Our investors have deep experience in developing sports ecosystems globally, and we are fortunate to have their guidance to ‘Make Sports Better’ for 1 Billion Indian sports fans,” he added.

On the other hand, Rahul Mehta, Managing Partner at DST Global said: “We’re excited to partner with the Dream Sports family in their vision of building the leading end-to-end sports tech company in India.”

“We’re very impressed with their customer centric approach, product strategy and ability to strengthen connections between fans and their favorite sports,” he added.

A homegrown company founded in 2008 by Harsh Jain and Bhavit Sheth, Dream Sports is located in Mumbai and employs close to 1,000 ‘Sportans’.

Avendus Capital was the exclusive financial advisor to Dream Sports on the transaction.

Notably, Dream Sports is one of India’s leading sports technology company with 140 million users, housing brands such as Dream11, the world’s largest fantasy sports platform, FanCode, a premier sports content & commerce platform, Dream Capital, a CVC and M&A arm, DreamSetGo, a sports experiences platform, and DreamPay, a payment solutions provider.

Dream Sports is based in Mumbai and has a workforce of close to 1,000 ‘Sportans’. Founded in 2008 by Harsh Jain and Bhavit Sheth, Dream Sports’ mission is to ‘Make Sports Better’ for fans through the confluence of sports and technology.

Since 2018, Dream Sports has been consistently featured as the only sports tech company in the ‘Great Places to Work’ survey.

NFCC onboards Indian cricket’s biggest fan Sudhir Gautam as tournament endorser

The first-of-its-kind National Fantasy Cricket Championship (NFCC) will now be endorsed by Indian Cricket’s Biggest Fan and Global Sports Fan Awardee, Sudhir Kumar Gautam. Known for his die-hard fandom for the Master Blaster, he will also be seen competing for the national champion’s title.

Hosted by BalleBaazi.com, the association between NFCC and Shri Sudhir Kumar Gautam shall play a key role in upholding their fan-first approach of the brand.

Sudhir Kumar Gautam has been officially regarded as Indian cricket team’s biggest fan ever! Many may not know him by name, but he is certainly one of the most recognized faces seen in the audience in every important matches or tournaments of Indian cricket team.

With the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup fever at its peak, Sudhir is a true representation of “Dil Se Indian” who brings together the spirit of fandom and cricket mania for the ongoing NFCC.

Commenting on the association, Sudhir Kumar Gautam, said: “Main Bihar ke ek chhote se shehar Muzaffarpur se hoon aur 6 saal ke umar se hi Cricket ka deewana hoon. Aaj meri phechan ka poora shrey Indian Cricket team aur Sachin ji ko jaata hai. Maine kayi baari matches dekhne ke liye kayi kathinaion ka saamna kia hai, cycle chala kar door-door tak match dekhne jata tha. Bina train ticket ke safar kiya hai, par stadium pahunch kar mujhe jo khushi milti thi uske samne ye saare pareshani kam lagti thi. Shayad mera janm hi ek cricket fan banne k liye hua tha.”

“Aaj ke fans ke paas apne favorite game se judey rehne ke zariye kaafi aasaan ho gaye hain. Fantasy sports unme se ek hai. NFCC ek bilkul naye tarike ka format hai jo ki aapko mauka deta hai ye batane ka, ke aap game ko kitne accche se samjhte ho aur game ke kitne bade fan ho. Mujhe NFCC ke sath apni pehchan jod kar bohot khushi ho rahi hai,” he added.

Sudhir is the perfect example how “Cricket is a Religion in our country” and his journeys of toil and sweat to watch each match is only an inspiration for the upcoming generation of cricket fanatics.

A known figure in the stands and to the media, since 2002 Sudhir ji has been visualized with paint all over his body with the tricolor in his hand, and also sometimes with a conch that he blows fiercely at all fours and sixes.

Commenting on the association, Saurabh Chopra, CEO of BalleBaazi.com, also expressed his views on the association and said: “NFCC’s whole and sole objective is “for the fans and by the fans”. Even after the commencement of the championship we felt that there needs to be a true fan to represent the spirit of the championship and who can epitomize that better than Sudhir. We have been witnessing a significant participation in the championship from all parts of the country and with Sudhir ji onboard, we only intend to take it a level further.”

Notably, the NFCC – World Cup 2021 edition is a free-to-play tournament that brings you the ultimate opportunity to show your skills and knowledge about the game of Cricket.

Dangal Games collaborates with Sanjay Manjrekar for T20 World Cup

Dangal Games, a skill and tech based online gaming platform, has entered into a strategic alliance with the legendary Sanjay Manjrekar, a former Indian cricketer and commentator who will be heading the advertising and marketing promotions for the company’s initiatives around the T20 ICC World Cup.

The online skill gaming platform has been a huge supporter of cricket and with its journey from catering to a non- card space to becoming one of the top tier Fantasy Gaming App, the platform has found success with the rising population of cricket fandom.

After displaying a fantastic career in National and International Cricket that spans from 1987 until 1996, Sanjay Manjrekar’s experience and on ground knowledge will provide an incredible start to the season and company’s marketing drive.

Commenting on this exclusive association, Manjrekar said: “I am proud to be a part of Dangal Games’ exciting journey of Fantasy Cricket. The Online Gaming Market is a relatively new platform and it would be great to venture into this innovative medium of sporting that has been enabling the convenience of enjoying your favorite sport from the comfort of the couch.”

“Dangal Games with its ever increasing fan base speaks volumes of the increasing craze for not just physical sporting but also virtual forms. It would be challenging but exciting to come up with innovative marketing initiatives with Dangal Games,” he added.

“T20 ICC World Cup has gained great popularity within a short span of time. This would definitely serve as a great opportunity to enjoy the sport from the other side of the stadium”, he added.

Speaking on the partnership, Ankit Anand, Business head, Fantasy Sports, Dangal Games said: “Sanjay has inspired millions of Indian Cricket Fans by his spectacular performance across matches. He has definitely set high standards for the cricket fans. It would be a great pleasure to work with him towards making our initiatives around the T20 ICC World Cup a great success.”

“His passion for the sport and years of knowledge would be vital elements that would add momentum to the entire drive dedicated to our valuable users. We believe in inspiring players to keep rising and keep gaming,” he added.

Dangal Games (founded by – Varun Mahna, Varun Puri, Shashwat Jain, Karan Gandhi & Manan Sobti) has catered to its audience remarkably well, with its first product: ‘PokerDangal’ finding a place among India’s top 5 online Poker platforms. With the phenomenal response received from the masses, in 2020, they diversified themselves and ventured into RummyDangal and till date have 5 Lac+ users registered on the platform. After witnessing a steady growth of the gaming sector, they chose to further diversify from their card games portfolio and launched the third product FantasyDangal in April 2021.

With things looking good, they are planning to further contribute with innovations and developments to strengthen the gaming industry.

Dangal Games flagship products: PokerDangal, RummyDangal and FantasyDangal are brands synonymous with excellent customer support and unparalleled user experience and with the launch of this new application the brand is gearing up to move the customer experience a notch higher. Dangal Games app features 50+ casual games under one unified application.

BalleBaazi.com to host first-ever National Fantasy Cricket Championship

Th e ongoing T20 World Cup will give a chance to the fantasy cricket fans to be crowned as the champions as India’s first-ever National Fantasy Cricket Championship (NFCC) goes underway on the October 23, giving every die-hard Indian cricket fan an opportunity to taste the glory.

This novel free-to-play concept challenges every fan to show their skill, and aims at changing the perception about Online Fantasy Sports industry from being “just about money” to “all about glory.”

Taking the World Cup fever a notch higher, the 23-days long multi-tier tournament will be hosted on BalleBaazi.com. The grand finale will be held on the same day as the final T20 World Cup match, November 14, where 11 Fantasy Cricket Champions will be crowned who will meet the World Cup 2011 hero, Zaheer Khan, and 1st on the podium will win the championship trophy and a free trip to the Mecca of Cricket, Lord’s, England.

The ten other India’s best fantasy sports champions will take home a golden bat along with daily and exclusive leaderboard cash prizes.

The NFCC will have a total of 33 matches, with the first 30 being Qualifiers Chances ONE, TWO and THREE, followed by the Quarter Finals, Semis, and the Grand Finale.

Sharing his thought, Saurabh Chopra, Co-Founder & CEO of BalleBaazi.com said: “NFCC is all about “for the fans, by the fans.” It’s about giving the greatest fans of the game their “Dare to Dream” moment, a chance to lift the Championship Trophy alongside the T20 World Cup winning team.”

“The concept has been kept absolutely free of cost since its idea is to recognize fantasy sports beyond the means to make money and perceive it as a game of skill and honor,” he added.

BalleBaazi.com recently introduced ace cricketer Zaheer Khan as the Brand Ambassador. With this association, Khan will spearhead the company’s campaigns and special tournaments, exhibiting the skills required for playing and excelling in online fantasy sports (OFS).

Additionally, Astro Pay and FHMax has come together to promote and encourage NFCC as the official Wallet and E-commerce fashion partner cum sponsors. Understanding the highly growing dynamics of the segment, the proud sponsors will be an important and valuable part of the championship league.

Currently, India accounts for more than 100 million fantasy sports users and the NFCC will further boost the popularity of the skill-based sport after having introduced glory and bring forth the honor it brings to one’s skill.

Some of the key requirement to participate in the NFCC are:

  • To participate in NFCC tournament, one must download the BalleBaazi app and join any free or paid league from the World Cup Matches following which the participants will get three chances to qualify between October 23 and November 8.
  • Users will have to play all 10 matches to secure a spot in the Quarter Finals
  • Users can make up to 25 teams per match
  • Best teams of every user will be qualifying for the NFCC Leaderboard.
  • The players will have one chance each in the quarter final (on 10th November), Semi Final (on 11th November) and Final (on 14th November)

Zaheer Khan roped in as brand ambassador of BalleBaazi.com

BalleBaazi.com’s saga with the 2011 World Cup heroes continues as the brand, known for offering the best sports gaming experience has roped in one of the greatest bowlers to have played for Team India, Zaheer Khan as their brand ambassador.

Earlier the brand was endorsed by the Man of the Tournament in World Cup 2011, Yuvraj Singh.

The Padma Shri and Arjuna award recipient will spearhead the company’s campaigns and special tournaments, exhibiting the skills required for playing and excelling in online fantasy sports.

The wily fast bowler Zaheer Khan kick-starts his association with BalleBaazi.com with their upcoming national-level championship series for cricket fans. While the series and its campaign will be revealed soon, the cricket enthusiasts can expect it to be one of India’s biggest championship series they have ever participated in.

It will be yet another never-seen-before concept, to be hosted on BalleBaazi.com, for the cricketing fans to showcase their talent in one of the most popular games of skill and go for glory!

Welcoming Zaheer Khan as their new brand ambassador, Saurabh Chopra, CEO of BalleBaazi.com said: “Mr. Zaheer Khan personifies the skill and dedication, which blends well with our vision. We believe the hallmark for achieving success at anything, one needs to have an idol who has been known to do that, time and again. Through this association, we want Zaheer to play that role for our users.”

“Zaheer has been at the forefront of India’s transformation into a world-class cricket team and we are hopeful that under his representation, BalleBaazi.com will revolutionize the OFS industry,” he added.

Acknowledging the association, the left arm fast-medium bowler Zaheer Khan said: “I am excited to be representing BalleBaazi.com. It is interesting to see how skill- based games like Fantasy sports in India have grown in the last five years. It is an absolute pleasure to acknowledge that the sports fans today, have turned from being just a spectator to a decision-maker basis their understanding and knowledge of the games. The segment overall has altered many misconceptions and emerged as an engaging sport gaming format.”

“Happy to be a part of this popular and growing fantasy platform that glorifies and celebrates every sports in India with its unique take towards the segment,” he added.

BalleBaazi.com has created waves around the fantasy gaming industry by providing the best sports gaming experience and a level-playing field for enthusiasts alike. They recently launched an industry-first Player Intelligence feature which allows users to have access to a plethora of in-depth information while making their teams such as venue-specific performance history, fantasy point break-up, players’ form, and batting position, alongside specialization feature that detects the strength of an all-rounder. With new additions and initiatives, BalleBaazi.com is setting new benchmarks and making fantasy sports more interactive and exciting for the fans.

BalleBaazi.com, the fantasy sports gaming vertical of Baazi Games, is India’s best sports gaming experience platform. Sports fans with their knowledge of the game can win real cash by playing on the application. Started in 2018, the platform has attracted over 8 million+ players with its innovative features and formats in the OFS industry.

Dream Sports joins India’s march towards becoming a US$5 Trillion economy at Expo 2020 Dubai

Dream Sports, India’s leading sports technology company, has announced its partnership with the Government of India to showcase India’s resurgence as a hub for growth, innovation and culture.

The India Pavilion, one of the largest among 190 participating countries, will display India’s exceptional fight back against COVID-19 and the country’s emergence as a nerve centre for global business.

Dream Sports will showcase the extensive opportunity that lies at the unique intersection of sports and technology, as well as bring to life the large-scale positive transformation that can be brought about through digital technology and innovation within the Indian sports ecosystem.

At the inauguration of the India Pavilion on Friday, Uday Shankar, FICCI, President said: “India is one of the world’s fastest-growing large economies and the third largest startup ecosystem. The India Pavilion will be a global platform for potential investors to experience this growth, leading opportunities, business achievements and cultural diversity with cutting-edge technologies. Over the past seven years, the Government of India’s vision of AatmaNirbhar Bharat and Digital India has reaped benefits with multiple innovation hubs and over 50,000 registered startups, that have set the roadmap for India’s digital journey.”

“Dream Sports is one such success story that truly represents the impact of industry-focused reforms, and the possibilities of digital competencies and advancements that New India can bring to the world. We look forward to welcoming them as partners,” he added.

Commenting on the partnership, Harsh Jain, CEO & Co-Founder, Dream Sports, said: “We are delighted to support the Government of India’s initiatives in digitisation and self-reliance. Our vision is to ‘Make Sports Better’ through the confluence of sports and technology. We want to help build an ecosystem that nurtures the growth of sports in India by engaging fans in a much deeper way than ever before.”

“We hope to contribute significantly to India’s economy by growing the Fantasy Sports industry, investing in several sports companies, generating employment and supporting India’s athletes through our grassroots initiatives,” he added.

Expo 2020, which was postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will commence on Friday and conclude on March 31, 2022.

The India Pavilion will mirror India’s celebration of 75 years of Independence. Created on the theme of “Openness. Opportunity. Growth”, it will showcase the latest technologies and create an ambient, futuristic environment with installations powered by augmented reality and projection mapping.

Notably, Dream Sports is India’s leading sports technology company with brands such as Dream11, the world’s largest fantasy sports platform, FanCode, a premier digital sports platform that personalizes content and commerce for all sports fans, Dream Capital, a CVC and M&A arm, DreamSetGo, a sports experiences platform, and DreamPay, a payment solutions provider.

It has founded the Dream Sports Foundation to help and champion sportspeople and is an active member of the Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports, the nodal body for the Fantasy Sports industry in India. Founded in 2008 by Harsh Jain and Bhavit Sheth, Dream Sports has a mission to ‘Make Sports Better’ and is located in Mumbai.

Dream Sports has been consecutively featured in the Top ‘Great Places to Work’ as the only sports tech company since 2018.

International social media sensation Khaby Lame join hands with Dream11

International social media sensation Khaby Lame has joined hands with the world’s largest fantasy sports platform, Dream11, marking his first-ever association with an Indian brand.

Khaby created a short video skit with Indian content-creator, Viraj Ghelani, and in his trademark style called upon people to accomplish day-to-day tasks in a straightforward manner and use their brains to play on Dream11.

In the video, Ghelani is sitting with a friend who is eating french fries with toothpicks. Ghelani isn’t amused and calls Lame to simplify this. Lame picks up a fry with his fingers and eats it, showing viewers how simple this is in his signature style, extending his arms with the inimitable facial expressions.

Wearing a Dream11 jersey, Lame then points to a placard that says ‘Dimaag Lagana Hai Toh Dream11 Pe Laga Na’ reiterating the brand’s message to put their intellectual might for picking a team on Dream11.

The 21-year old took the internet by the storm with his easy-to-understand content by pointing at obvious solutions instead of using hacks. With over 46M on Instagram, Lame is the second most followed TikToker in the world, with 110M+ followers.

Before Dream11, he has collaborated with several other sports brands including Formula 1 team Scuderia Ferrari and created content with top footballers like Paulo Dybala and Alessandro Del Piero. A sports fan himself, Lame has frequently posted about various sports and was recently even seen sporting an Indian football team jersey in one of his videos.

Dream11 has been one of the top IPL sponsors since 2019, and for the 2021 edition, launched multi-media campaigns under #Dream11PeDimaagLagaNa and #TeamHaiTohMazaaHai.

Recently, Dream11 became the first-ever Indian brand to be featured in the Top-10 list of SportsPro World’s 50 Most Marketable Brands (50MM).

Dream11 is one of the world’s largest fantasy sports platform with 110 million+ users playing fantasy cricket, football, kabaddi, basketball, hockey, volleyball, handball, rugby, futsal, American football & baseball, on it. A homegrown Indian brand, Dream11 helps Indian sports fans to actively engage with real-life sporting events and showcase their knowledge of sports.

Fantasy sports has been deemed a ‘Game of Skill’ by the honourable Supreme Court of India.

Dream11 is the flagship brand of Dream Sports, one of India’s leading Sports Technology companies. Other brands under the Dream Sports umbrella include FanCode, a premier digital sports destination that personalizes content and commerce for all fans, Dream Capital, a CVC and M&A arm, DreamSetGo, a sports experiences platform and Dream Pay, a payment gateway.

IPL 2021: RR vs KKR Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Playing XI

In the 18th match of the yearly T20 extravaganza — Indian Premier League’s (IPL) 14th season, the Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals (RR) will take on two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Both the sides have managed to register just a single win from their four games so far in the season. While RR lies at the bottom of the eight-team standings, KKR are placed seventh, thanks to their better run-rate than their Saturday’s opponent.

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

Time: 7:30 PM IST

Live Streaming: Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar

Pitch Report: The MA Chidambaram wicket has been a tricky one in this season. Batsmen will be only be able to manage runs here only if they bat patiently get themselves acclimatized to the conditions. As usual, spinners will once again get an advantage here.

RR vs KKR Dream11 Team:

Jos Buttler (C), Sanju Samson, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, David Miller, Andre Russell (VC), Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Prasidh Krishna, Mustafizur Rahman, Varun Chakravarthy

RR vs KKR Probable Playing XIs:

Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal/Manan Vohra, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (C & wk), Riyan Parag, David Miller, Shivam Dube, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat/Shreyas Gopal, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (C), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna.

RR vs KKR Squads:

Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahim, Chetan Sakariya, K.C. Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh

Kolkata Knight Riders: Eoin Morgan (C), Shubman Gill, Dinesh Kartik, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Prashidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Kuldeep Yadav, Ben Cutting, Lockie Ferguson, Sheldon Jackson, Harbhajan Singh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Venkatesh Iyer, Vaibhav Arora, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Karun Nair, Sunil Narine, Pawan Negi, Sandeep Warrier, Tim Seifert, Shivam Mavi

Disclaimer – This team is based on the understanding & analysis of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision. Our experts try to be as correct as possible, but we do not guarantee 100 percent accuracy. Choose your team wisely.