Managing Director (Nodwin Gaming)
Akshat Rathee is the co-founder and Managing Director of NODWIN Gaming and one of the pioneers in the Indian gaming industry. Also known as the esports professor, at Nodwin he is actively engaged in identifying opportunities and creating business solutions. Under his leadership, Nodwin has been at the forefront of the global esports scene.
Not only has Akshat been influential in bringing marquee properties such as DreamHack to the country but has also created various flagship properties for brands like Pepsi and Airtel. He is also involved in forging partnerships with OTT platforms and Linear TV channels to create channel-appropriate content for them.
CEO & Co-Founder (Penta Esports)
Anurag Khurana is the founder of Newgen Gaming, which operates in esports with its brand – Penta Esports - a new age esports company with a vision to revolutionise the ecosystem in India.
With over 25 years of experience in business consulting, project management, system design & integration, and 10 years of experience in the gaming industry, heading development of games on more than five platforms including an instrumental role in the development of India’s first multiplayer wireless game. Recently, he has shifted his focus to esports, having worked with and consulted multiple leading esports companies.
Being a longstanding gamer himself, Anurag’s passion lies in all things gaming and esports. Having joined the gaming industry back in 1999, he has held lead positions at some of top national and international companies like Paradox, Red Octane, Riot Games, Reliance Jio and has consulted brands like Paytm First Games (PFG) and Esports Players League (ESPL).
Anirudh Pandita is a founder of Loco, India’s leading game streaming platform. Loco has been a
pioneer in the live game streaming and esports sector in India, paving the way for gaming to go
from a niche hobby to a mainstream national interest. The ‘Made in India’ platform is home to
India’s most popular streamers and has built highly engaged communities across various games
including BGMI, FreeFire, and Call of Duty Mobile. The platform houses India’s top esports teams
and has hosted the country’s largest tournaments in partnership with global game publishers like
Activision, Ubisoft, and Riot Games as well as global brands like the NBA, Logitech, and Red Bull.
Loco has grown rapidly over the past 12 months, with monthly active viewers scaling by 6x,
monthly active streamers scaling by 10x, and live watch hours scaling by 48x since June 2020.
Today, highly active users spend ~1 hour daily on Loco, making it the gaming community’s
platform of choice for a seamless streaming and viewing experience.
Prior to Loco, Anirudh founded Pocket Aces, India's leading digital media entertainment company.
The company operates India’s largest socially distributed content network including popular
brands FilterCopy and Gobble. It reaches 50 million people on a weekly basis and has amassed
>13 billion views over its lifetime. Dice Media, Pocket Aces’ long form studio, has created some of
India’s most successful long form digital content, including “Little Things”, “What The Folks”,
“Operation MBBS”, and has the highest series renewal rate in the industry. It is also the first
new-age creator to have a multi-show deal with streaming giant, Netflix. Pocket Aces also
operates Clout, India’s leading influencer management practice.
COO (Hungama Digital Media)
Siddhartha Roy is the Chief Operating Officer of Hungama
Digital Media Entertainment Private Limited, India’s
leading digital entertainment company.
Siddhartha leads the company’s consumer and business initiatives across its multiple verticals including Hungama Music – one of the most popular music streaming services in India, Hungama Play – Hungama’s video streaming service, Artist Aloud – a platform for independent artists, Hungama Games – a publisher, distributor and marketer of mobile games and Bollywood Hungama – India’s leading destination for entertainment news.
VP - Growth (MPL)
Avadh has had a diverse set of experiences across FMCG, telecom, hospitality, sports and gaming industries primarily in sales, marketing and business roles. He is a keen sports enthusiast and plays poker actively on the side.
Avadh currently leads the eSports vertical at MPL. Prior to MPL, he was a marketing director at OYO and the brand head for Gatorade and Aquafina at PepsiCo India. Avadh has an MBA from IIM Calcutta and a Bachelor's from NIT Calicut.
Founder (Holy Cow Productions)
Goutham Dindukurthi is an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology and Ubisoft Barcelona. In 2014, He started Holy Cow Productions after gaining experience as a Gameplay Programmer at Ubisoft. At Holy Cow, they strive to create exciting new entertainment in various genres for multiple platforms.
Co-Founder and Head of Esports (Newgen Gaming Private Limited)
With 12 years of experience in the gaming industry, Kiran Noojibail is one of the known names in the Indian esports ecosystem. He is a seasoned gamer and has held a directorial position at League of Extraordinary Gamers (LXG). He is a veteran esports commentator and presenter, having shoutcast more than 1500 matches, national and international included. In his current role, as the Co-Founder and Head of Esports at Newgen Gaming, Kiran looks after the entire operations and broadcast of Newgen Gaming’s esports arm, Penta Esports.
Vice Chairman & MD (Jetline Group of Companies)
Rajan Navani is the Vice Chairman & Managing Director of the diversified Jetline Group of Companies,
with primary manufacturing operations in textiles and packaging, the roots of which originate back to
the 1930’s in Bangkok, Thailand and a presence in India since 1974.
The group has recently made significant investments and is building new age businesses in powering
varied consumer-facing digital platforms, products and services through group company
‘Jetsynthesys’. Rajan is personally providing leadership and strategic direction to the company with
operations in India, MENA, SE Asia, UK, Japan and USA. The group now has operational businesses in
new age digital media, entertainment and in categories including short format video & music, OTT,
gaming, e-sports, classifieds, cricket, mobility, mindfulness and healthcare. The group is also building
artificial intelligence, blockchain and AR/VR/MR/XR led Industry 4.0 solutions to strengthen
enterprises globally. Additionally, through the combination of Jet Ventures & JetLabs, powered by
‘Garage’, the group is engaging deeply with the startup ecosystem in India, Israel, Singapore, UK, Japan
Vice President (Mobile Premier League)
Vibhav has had a broad set of experiences in the technology industry across product management, strategy and venture capital. He's been actively involved in the Indian start-up ecosystem since 2012 and has nurtured over 10 companies, supporting them with product strategy, scaling and fund-raising.
Vibhav currently leads the developer platform at MPL Gaming. Prior to MPL he led AI/ML and low-code products at Amazon Web Services in the Silicon Valley. Vibhav has an MBA from the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago and Bachelor's and Master’s in Statistics and Informatics from IIT Kharagpur.
Rahul Sehgal the founder of gamer2maker.com, a portal for game-making education and mentoring.
He is a game industry veteran with 13+ years of experience making games for several platforms (Console, PC, Mobile and Browser); he followed an unusual career path, spending 14 years in the merchant navy before quitting to pursue his passion for game-making.
After attending the Game Design program at VFS (Vancouver Film School) and interned at Piranha Games, Vancouver before returning to India to work as Game Designer at Gameloft and went on to work for some of the biggest game companies as well as work as a design consultant for several mobile game studios.
Apart from this, he has taught Game Design and Production to, and mentored, more than 2000 students in the last 10+ years, who have gone on to work for game companies all over the world and also set up their own successful game companies.
Rahul currently also works as Creative Lead at the world's largest RMG gaming company, his aim is to help build a world-class game industry in India by enabling people to become high-quality professional game-makers.
Founder (Lucid Labs)
A Google Accelerator alumnus, Chirag Chopra leads an all-remote, multi-country indie game studio called Lucid Labs. Chirag believes he has the most crucial responsibility in the world - bringing joy to a stressed society - via games. Lucid Labs takes pride in being the only Indian game developer (yet) to launch a game on Apple Arcade. The game, 'Possessions', being their most ambitious one, has won multiple accolades globally, including two 'Indie Game of the Year' awards.
With the world going through challenging times, Lucid Labs recently launched a platform called wemake.games to help game makers stay motivated & accountable, without feeling isolated.
Chirag's quest for pushing the boundaries of the medium, while helping the global community during these challenging times, made him enter the prestigious 'AVGC 40 under 40' list in 2020.
Gaming Influencer & Content Creator
Shagufta ‘Xyaa’ Iqbal is one of the first female streamers in the Indian gaming industry, who broke several gender stereotypes to reach a stage where she could inspire a lot of women to take up gaming full time. Predominantly a PC content creator, Xyaa has worked with multiple international brands such as H&M, Intel, Tinder, LogitechG, etc.
Co-Founder (The times of esports, Qlan)
Brand builder, experiential marketer and conceptualizer with demonstrated experience in the media and live entertainment space building some of the India’s largest event and content IPs. Previously worked at Zee Live Entertainment, Laqshya Media Group, Star India Pvt. Ltd. to name a few and applied over a decades’ learnings of working with brands and consumers to build two companies in the gaming & esports sector within the last 2 years.
Passionate about sports and strongly believes that India will soon not only become a marquee player but also disrupt the global esports industry.
Founder (Xigma Games)
After working for about 4 years in the gaming industry as a game programmer, Himanshu quit his job and founded Xigma Games in 2015.
He was later joined by Govardhan Gosavi in 2016 and together they have developed and released four premium titles Super Nano Jumpers, Rubek, The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands, The Bonfire 2: Uncharted Shores on iOS, Android, and Steam. All the games were featured globally on the App Store and reached Top Charts globally during their release.
The Bonfire series became one of the most successful IP coming out of India in recent times and became highly critically acclaimed among critics and players.
Xigma Games is completely bootstrapped and is now a team of passionate gamers with an aim to develop premier multiplatform titles and a mission to put India on the global map of Game Development.
CEO & Co-Founder (Trinity Gaming)
He is someone who is not afraid to take risks; instead he would enjoy the new challenges and fight to success.
Carrying forward this attitude made Mr. Abhishek Aggarwal, the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Gaming - India’s largest network of Gaming and Esports influencers.
He thoroughly focused at merging the gaming industry with the media through his initiatives, in which he achieved success at quite an early stage. He is working towards turning his dream into a reality, to create a healthy esports environment for every gamer. He aims to create a healthy fan base for the popular creators; which gave birth to HappyFan with the idea to support creators by giving them an additional source of income via promoting their personalized artworks and merchandise. He is an experienced Talent Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry.
SVP, APAC (AdColony)
Tom is the SVP for AdColony in APAC. AdColony is an award-winning mobile advertising and marketing platform with a focus on mobile gaming, and the largest global in-app marketing business.
AdColony has an enviable global client portfolio that includes Unilever and Google. In his charge, he has helped the company receive over 150+ awards in just under five years. Tom was integral in facilitating Digital Turbine’s US$400m acquisition of AdColony in 2021.
Tom has actively coached thousands of founders and CEOs through his website DigitalinAsia which has a monthly traffic of 15K. He has launched, built and exited multiple companies - including MediaQuark, Gamma and Ambient Digital - across the Asia Pacific region. And in each of these companies, he has left a legacy that continues to shape them today. Tom is active in the startup community with a focus on the next Web3 wave of the internet and The Metaverse, including businesses in Gaming, Esports, Online Retail, NFTs and Blockchain.
He has amassed numerous accolades with the most notable being on the Asia Pacific board for MMA (Mobile Marketing Association), the Gaming & Esports Committee of the IAB, listed on Campaign Asia’s 40 under 40 and nominated as Exchangewire AdTech Personality of the Year.
CEO & Founder (Hunter Games)
Dushyant Saraswat is the CEO and Founder of Hunter Games, India's first engagement building B2B2C gamification company. The company is the first Gamification Platform company adding massive engagements with hyper-casual Gaming content but with the heavy-lifting on Revenue outcomes driven by its deep campaign management platform and bound with the glue of Promotional tokens.
Dushyant Saraswat may have founded Hunter games back in 2019, but he has been building and running leading businesses in Gaming, Payments, ecommerce, Banking, Telco services and FMCG for a long time. Dushyant Saraswat has previously put together and run the Alibaba - Paytm Joint Venture on Gaming, he has also served as the CMO of Paytm payments Bank and headed the department for customer lifecycle, revenue, and growth at the company. He was also the Director at Disney Interactive Media Group. During his tenure, Disney grew to be India's leading mobile gaming developer and publisher and one of the single leading brands for digital brand solutions. Previously Dushyant was leading marketing initiatives for ICICI Bank Cards and Payments businesses.
CEO & Founder (underDOGS Studio LLP)
A computer graduate started as a Game designer with a few big gaming companies in India namely Indiagames, Games2win and Hungama before setting up my own venture called underDOGS! Over 13 years experience in gaming and developed over 200 games so far for clients across globe and self.
Gamer | Product Guy | Design Specialist | Public Speaker | Youtube Content Creator
Strong expertise in Game Design, Production and Business, spearheading underDOGS for the last 10 years. Started single handedly, grew the company to around 15 people now with a strong brand presence by consistently creating quality products, helping the community and winning more than 9 awards. Also has a strong reach in the Indian Gaming community due to his digital presence, community building and regular content creation.
Game designer, developer, a curator and evangelist for independent games
Yadu Rajiv is a game designer, developer, a curator and evangelist for independent games. In 2011, he co-founded Hashstash, where he designed and developed multiple award winning games. After Hashstash, Yadu worked as a Senior User Experience Designer at RedBus for a short period. Later he moved on to teach user experience design, web design, game design and game development at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology for 5 years after which he joined BYJU’S as a Lead Game Designer in 2020. He has been building and supporting game-design and development communities since 2008 and is currently working on gamedev.in. Yadu has more than 15 years of experience in Game Development, Teaching and User Experience Design. He writes about game design, game UX and development on Twitter under his handle, @yadurajiv as well as on his blog.
Yadu is the author of Developing Turn-Based Multiplayer Games with GameMaker Studio 2 and NodeJS which was published by Apress. He has donned multiple hats, as an organizer, a speaker and a panelist on multiple occasions at the India Game Developers Conference since 2013. He has been a Keynote Speaker at the Jam Jam Festival organized by the Finnish Game Jam held in Helsinki. Yadu was also selected to be one of the IGDA Foundation’s Next Gen Leaders of 2020. He was recently selected as one of @GIbiz’s Top100 Game Changers of 2020 as well.
Professional freelance concept & Game Artist
Medha Srivastava is a professional freelance concept and game artist from Mumbai .She has done her graduation in Animation and film making from Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune. She have been an artist for over a decade now, and have been producing various kinds of concept art such as character designs, environment concepts, visual concepts and so on. She has worked as a game artist in Bangalore for three years and have worked on several games as well. Have won several national and international awards in the field of cosplay and art and was the first female from india to win an international award in cosplay at Dota international tournament. Have won cosplay at ESL one Mumbai, Dreamhack Mumbai, Lenovo Legion Of Champions 2020, Comic con fan favourite India 2020 and 21 and The International at Shanghai.
Listed in the top Illustrators of India by several companies and magazines. Worked with brands like Hindustan Times, warner bros, Myntra, Mtv, hotstar etc. Currently working with Mr A.R Rahman on a project.
Shiva is an Indian gaming Entrepreneur, popularly known for Skyesports, one of the largest esports org in India, located in Chennai.
Skyesports was founded in November 2018 & has become one of the sought out esports organizations in India after it rose to fame by conducting various esports tournaments in India and the popularity was seen across India. Major esports IP’s in India like Skyesports Championship, Skyesports Grandslam, Skyesports League etc were created by Skyesports.
Production Director (Ubisoft)
Sashi Menon is a Production Director at Ubisoft Mumbai. He has been with Ubisoft for over 13 years. Having started as a Programmer and subsequently moving into a Producer's role, Sashi has worked on popular Ubisoft franchises like Far Cry, Prince of Persia, Rayman and Trials on multiple platforms. Sashi is part of the core team that oversaw the opening of Ubisoft Mumbai in 2018 and is currently organizing various projects and talent expansion for the studio
Co-Founder (AFK Gaming)
Nishant is the first founding member of AFK Gaming and has spearheaded its creation and growth since 2012. He is a former pro gamer and was one of India’s most recognizable Dota 2 commentators. Under his leadership, the company has gone through multiple successful fundraises and delivered website growth of over 28x in 18 months, and 100% YoY revenue growth for three consecutive years. His experience in esports encompasses multiple areas such as content and business strategy, production, commentary, content operations and more. Prior to this, he has held roles in industry research and equity markets
Co-Founder & COO (Trinity Gaming)
They said - “Follow your passion” and yes he took it quite seriously.
As a zealous gamer since childhood, Mr Shivam Rao turned his passion into a career and is currently the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Trinity Gaming India – a gaming and esports marketing firm founded in the year 2019.
In the past, he had closely worked in Robotics Process Automation for one of the global giants known as Volkswagen and he has 5 years of experience in the professional industry. He is an Experienced Talent Manager with a demonstrated history in working towards making esports and gaming a profession with a satisfying future for the new age India.
He strongly believes in the power of Creativity and works on expanding his imagination to power house the young minds who are seeking gaming as a serious profession in this era.
Managing Creator Partnerships - Gaming, YouTube India
Shilpa Keswani leads gaming content partnerships in India. In this role, she is responsible for identifying and developing gaming partnerships with the relevant stakeholders and scaling their presence on YouTube.
Shilpa joined Google in 2013, and has worked with a range of partners across verticals, built knowledge across movies, broadcast, enterprise and large creator verticals.
An engineer by qualification, Shilpa holds an MBA from Schulich School of Business, and has always been drawn to content since her first foray as a producer with the Times Network in 2007.
Founder (Ogre Head Studio)
Zainuddeen Fahadh is the founder of Ogre Head Studio, an independent video game company and service provider based in India. Breaking into the industry at the age of 19, Zain has worked as an artist, designer and studio head, helping teams build games on mobile and PC, while also building original games taking inspiration from the rich Indian myths and culture. Over the span of ten years, Zain has garnered various national and international awards including ‘The 40 under 40’ by Indian express and has been recognized by the Indian government for his work. His vision is to make epic games and change the Indian games industry for the better!
General Partner (Lumikai)
Salone Sehgal is the world's first female General Partner of a games and interactive VC fund. She co-founded Lumikai Fund, India's first early-stage interactive media and gaming VC, anchored by the world's largest games and media conglomerates. She has 15+ years of experience as a global games & new media investor, games entrepreneur, and former M&A banker. Previously, she was Principal at London Venture Partners (LVP), Europe's pioneering seed-stage gaming VC (with a track record of backing 40 companies delivering $14Bn in shareholder value).
She was also Co-founder & CEO of TrulySocial, a venture-backed gaming company building immersive social worlds for female audiences leveraging celebrities, influencers, and brands. Prior to that, she left her banking career as VP, Barclays Global COO Office with previous experience in Investment Banking with Morgan Stanley. She has $10B of M&A transaction experience. Salone also has an MBA from IESE Business School. She has served as a BAFTA Games Award Juror in 2017, been recognised as Top 30 Women in Mobile, Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech, and awarded the Iconic Women Leaders award by WEF. Salone is based out of Mumbai, India.
25 millions+ Subscribers on YouTube
Crossing the mark of 3 billion total views and 25 million subscribers on YouTube, Total Gaming a.k.a Ajjubhai is India’s first influencer to reach this milestone without face reveal. It has been a tough journey for Ajjubhai as he had been constantly innovating to come up with engaging content as that is the only thing on the display. While people with faces revealed to the camera have the advantage of creating content through facial expressions and surroundings, it gets challenging to do so with just a pure gameplay screen. His latest gaming series - Assassin's Creed Valhalla, is a classic example of how Ajjubhai is investing his efforts in creating unique gaming content. In this series, Total Gaming dubbed an English game to Hindi to engage with his audiences, which is the first of its kind in the Indian gaming industry.
Started in 2018, Total Gaming has become a leading gaming channel on YouTube with content on Free Fire and Minecraft. In 2020, his YouTube channel saw a nearly 5X increase in his subscribers and view count. In the year he was also named on the list of top live streamers by views in 2020 on YouTube.
Country Head (Technicolor India)
Biren Ghose has been the Country Head for Technicolor India for over 11 years.
He has taken this 105-year-old arts and sciences Hollywood major’s India studio to an employee strength of approx. 6000 employees. This makes the India studio the largest single hub for high end Animation, VFX, Games and Computer Graphics [AVGC] in the world. The studio features the group’s marquee brands MPC, Mr.X, The Mill, Mikros and Technicolor Animation and Games, working with the world’s best studios across the most coveted movies and TV shows and the most iconic games titles in the creative technology sector.
Biren is a thought leader and an industry champion and is prominently featured in all the major markets and events across the globe for over the past 20 years. He is a futurist and strategist and recognized by Government and Industry policy makers as a mentor and visionary in this industry. He has helped build global appreciation for the Indian Entertainment industry particularly in the area of Computer Graphics.
He believes talent development in skillsets across spectrum of digital arts will create a socio-economic development of the economy. Biren actively campaigns for greater gender diversity and to amplify the contribution of CSR in the arts.
Across all genres and verticals, Technicolor and their clients have won over 8 Emmy Awards for TV animation; 4 Academy Awards [the Oscars] for VFX Films and over a dozen global awards for VFX & advertising like the Cannes Lion Golds, VES, BAFTA, The British Arrows, etc.
Biren is the President of ABAI [the Bangalore based AVGC association] and the Vice Chairman for the CII National Media & Entertainment Committee. He is Chief Mentor for STPI for their COE’s for animation and for AR & VR in the North East of India. He has served on the management committees of NASSCOM, FICCI and other trade bodies. This year Biren has received the National Order of Merit - a knighthood conferred on him by the President of France.
He is generous of his time and is well known for his creativity, hospitality and good humour.
Biren is multi-faceted and has a passion for art, music, Formula 1, tennis, photography, wines and spirits.
Company Website: www.technicolor.com | Twitter: @BirenGhose | LinkedIn: Biren Ghose
Country Head (Ecole intuit.lab)
Yan Garin is a French citizen living in Mumbai for 14 years. He studied Musicology at the Parisian university La Sorbonne before working for various television channels as a sound engineer. While working with documentary film directors, he developed a passion for moving images and narration, pushing him to learn movie shooting and editing, 3d and VFX. After a Documentary Film Writing training, he began to make his own documentaries and travel in more than 50 countries, in places as various as jungles, warm and cold deserts, war zones, refugee camps or big corporates. He finally ended up in India where he managed projects for a 3D outsourcing company, and joined école intuit.lab in 2013, as a 3D and Motion Design faculty. He took the head of operations of the institute, where he designed a training in Game Art and Design in collaboration with the giant French publisher Ubisoft.
Techno Gamerz: Aged 18, Techno Gamerz a.k.a Ujjwal Chaurasia is one of India's youngest and leading YouTube gamers with 14M subscribers on YouTube. Diversifying the online gaming content, Techno Gamerz has created a new category, wherein he uses games to create his own episodic series. The series has an inclusion of humorous anecdotes of real-life situations, and it is this unique approach towards content generation that has helped him garner 350 million views in 2020. Reaching this milestone, this 18-year-old gaming influencer along with music producer Sez on the Beat launched his debut music video titled 'Game On' to showcase his journey and gratitude to his audiences.
Managing Director (Singular Scheme)
Ahad Oomerbhoy is the studio head for Singular Scheme, an indie studio who have been working on an artillery based strategy game for the PC since 2017. Prior to working in the gaming industry, Ahad was a management consultant and a project manager.
Founder & CEO (GameEon Studios)
Nikhil Malankar is the Founder & CEO of GameEon Studios, a game development and publishing company based in Mumbai, India. He also has his own YouTube channel with over 85,000+ subscribers wherein he talks about games and game development. Currently under his studio he is working on development of an open world game based on Mumbai city titled Mumbai Gullies.
CEO & Co-Founder (WinZO)
Paavan is the CEO and Co-founder of WinZO. WinZO is the largest vernacular social gaming and entertainment platform backed by marquee investors. Paavan is a second-time entrepreneur. His first venture was Zostel & ZO Rooms, a Tiger Global backed aggregator model. Zostel is now Asia's largest chain of backpackers hostels. Paavan's corporate stint before entrepreneurship was with Bain & Company, Abbott Labs, and Bank of America - Global Trading Desk. He is an engineering graduate from NSIT - 2009, and completed his MBA from IIM Calcutta in 2014.
Talent Program Manager (Ubisoft)
Vanita Iyer is a Talent Program Manager at Ubisoft Pune. She has been with Ubisoft for over 3 years and started out as a Talent Acquisition Manager. She now is a Talent Program Manager working on strategic hiring for leadership roles. She also oversees key School Partnerships with top colleges for Engineering, Game Art & Game Design.
Game Producer (EA)
Game Producer with an extensive experience working on Freemium and Free to Play games. Over the course of 14+ years spent at Electronic Arts, I have built high performance driven game development teams and worked on some of the best IP driven mobile games that EA owns.
Working experience includes rapid prototyping, executive pitches, 1st party pitches (Apple and Google), licensor management and relationship handling, end-to-end development of freemium and free to play experiences, data driven decision making and roadmap building, managing and mentoring people from different disciplines and skillsets, revenue and P&L management.
Founder and Mentor (OpraahFx & OP Gaming)
Aged 25, Pranav is an influencer turned entrepreneur, who founded OpraahFx, a talent management and influencer marketing company that helps influencers and brands accelerate their marketing efforts. Being a YouTuber and social media influencer himself, Pranav has successfully cemented a strong base for OpraahFx. His first-hand experience has helped him share his experience with brands to rightly strategize and include Influencer marketing in their campaigns.
He entered the influencer marketing world with his YouTube channel – Pranav; dedicated to supercars. Days got brighter when he became the first YouTuber to collaborate with BMW and later collaborated with renowned personalities such as Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. This made him an overnight sensation and laid a strong foundation for his entrepreneurial journey. With an aim to help, leverage, and mentor young and aspiring influencers, he conceptualized – OpraahFx. Today, under his leadership, OpraahFx manages India’s top gaming, travel, and lifestyle influencers.
Sales Lead (Adobe 3D & Immersive)
Sharrom Yezdegardi is the Sales Lead for Adobe 3D & Immersive in India and joined Adobe via the Allegorithmic acquisition in 2019. At Allegorithmic, Sharrom was responsible for evangelizing Substance 3D within the Media & Entertainment and industrial design sectors in India. Prior to joining Allegorithmic, Sharrom was the trade officer in the Technology and Services wing of the French Consulate in Mumbai where he focused on new and emerging technologies catering to the Media and Entertainment industry. An avid mountaineering enthusiast, his hobbies include Trekking, Outdoor sports, Video Games, and all things related to the Metaverse. In his free time if he is not already hiking, you can find him planning his next escape into the wilderness. Sharrom holds a Master’s Degree in International Business from the Grenoble Graduate School of Business in France
Sr Technical Artist (Adobe 3D & Immersive, India)
I am Keerthan H S, Sr Technical Artist @ Adobe 3D&I, with over 12 years of experience in 3d industry, Worked on designing pipeline for various projects such as Segment films, Product Visualization, AR/VR, ArchViz, Retail, etc and specialized in textures / material creation using substance toolset.
Youtuber & Gamer
Rony Dasgupta a.k.a The RawKnee is a popular YouTuber and gamer from Mumbai, India. His videos capture internet and pop culture, reacting to cringe-worthy videos and frequent vlogs where he collaborates with other YouTubers from India. He runs two YouTube channels namely The Rawknee Show (Comedy), The Rawknee Games (Gaming), and has garnered more than 3M followers across different social media platforms. RawKnee got the inspiration to start his YouTube channel from Ellen and wanted to interview internet celebrities on his show.
RawKnee is one of the most influential gaming live-streamers in the country and was the first Indian PUBG Mobile commentator for the PUBG Mobile Star Challenge 2019 Asia Semi-finals held in Shanghai. He hosted the Asia Finals and Global Finals for the tournament as well.
Founder (CHNO Media)
Anshu Patni Singhi is an Entrepreneur (Founder - CHNO Media), Talent Agent, Podcast Host and a Content Creator.
With over 15 years of experience in the entertainment and content ecosystem, Anshu brings with her a unique set of expertise across Content, Talent Management and brand building. After agenting some of India’s leading Actors, Musicians and Creators as the business head for television & digital content business at KWAN Entertainment now called the Collective Artist Network, Anshu founded CHNO Media which works with gaming and entertainment talent and also creating and curating content for brands, publishers and OTT players across gaming, entertainment and sports.
Anshu is also a content creator and hosts a podcast called QUESTIONS I WANTED TO ASK. The
podcast is her quest to explore the different voices inside our heads that asks us how to do things better at
work, home and other pursuits of passion. The podcast has already featured some very wonderfull women
and men achievers like Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, Asha Parekshji, Mallika Dua, Anu Menon, Varun
Duggirala, Gauhar Khan, Leeza Mangalad across different genres.
Associate Producer (Ubisoft)
Jinesha Gandhi is an Associate Producer at Ubisoft Pune. She has over 9 years of management experience and has been working with Ubisoft for over 4 years. Jinesha has previously worked on Steep and South Park: The Fractured but Whole and is also an AP on Ubisoft's upcoming game, Riders Republic
YouTuber, Esports Caster & Law Student
22-year-old Manasvi Dalvi is a Streamer, Ex-Amature Athlete & the only female winner of the YouTube Nextup Gamers so far. She has worked with some of the most renowned brands like HP, Asus, Oneplus, Redbull and many more. With gaming being one of her keen interests, she has shown some incredible performance in games like - CS GO, GTA5, Valorant & Phasmophobia.
Founder & Director (Alpha Zegus)
Rohit has been wandering the world of brand management & marketing for over 5 years now, of which 3 years have been an exploration in the gaming ecosystem. He currently owns & heads Alpha Zegus, a marketing agency that creates next-gen marketing innovations in the gaming & lifestyle domains. Managing over 40+ prominent gaming talents, Rohit has an impressive portfolio of brand campaigns including Intel, H&M, Amazon, Fastrack, Netflix, Tinder, etc. to name a few. His vision is to create a unison between the gaming & lifestyle ecosystems, and to make the Indian gaming space one of the biggest entertainment sectors in India
VFX Technical Artist
Chetal is a leading name in the VFX education industry. Using his technical acumen, he keeps coming with innovative ideas for better prospectus of students and their growth hacking. He is also very much instrumental in various creative activities.
With detailed subject knowledge, he blends his technical knowledge with his robust background of Mathematics, learned during his Engineering Degree. He incorporates Maths in many of his VFX lectures, to give it an extra edge. He is a proud member of ‘Mathematics Association of Gujarat’. His various researches in Mathematics are also mentioned in the ‘Suganitam’ book. He has conducted various seminars on Mathematics in the annual meeting of ‘Gujarat Ganit Mandal’ in front of many renowned Mathematicians.
His 3D and VFX Integration tutorials have been featured on International premium Visual Effects websites such as sidefx.com, cgsociety.org, lesterbanks.com, cgmeetup.net and many others. He has conducted an exclusive VFX seminar in a very prestigious Times Group event in 2015. He has also been a Guest Speaker at Broadcast India 2018.
Digital Marketing Professional
A Product Marketing and a full stack Digital Marketing professional, I am someone who loves building teams, brands and products from the ground up. A dedicated professional, Digital Marketing and Tech Strategy are my true calling areas.
Digitally obsessed, analytics led, consumer focussed & a pragmatic thinker, I firmly believe that technology & design thinking has answer to all our problems if applied smartly.
I'm currently working as the Product Owner for emerging technologies for Beauty & Personal Care division in Unilever besides leading the Gaming revolution for Global Unilever brands.
In my previous role , I worked as Global Brands Engagement (Digital Marketing) lead for Unilever Global brands operating out of HUL Head office in Mumbai, India.
Completed the Unilever Future Leaders Program as a Business Leadership Trainee (Digital) in Hindustan Unilever Limited (2018-19).
Worked for 3.5 years as a Lead UI/UX Analyst in Accenture (2013-16) before doing my two year full time MBA in Marketing & Technology from IIM Bangalore (2016-18).
Regional Director, Component Business, Asus (India & South Asia)
Vinay Shetty is currently the Regional Director for the Component Business, ASUS (India & South Asia). Prior to this role Vinay spearheaded ASUS in the role of a Country Head for the component business for the region of India. Vinay joined ASUS in May 2006 as a junior executive and went on to grow within the organization. With more than 20 years in the IT industry, Vinay brings extensive leadership and industry experience.
During his tenure as the Country Head with ASUS India, Vinay has steered the organization to achieve many small and big achievements tenaciously. This was highlighted when ASUS recorded its highest sales figures for the motherboards business ever in India in August 2011. Vinay has played an integral role in setting up Asus operations in Mumbai as well as implementing service policies for channel partners and consumers along with infrastructural policies in India.
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operations (MPL)
Naman Jhawar is Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operations at Mobile Premier League (MPL).
Naman joined MPL at a crucial stage, when the gaming platform was expanding internationally, and facilitated the launch of MPL in Indonesia.
Naman comes from a rich background in consultancy, having worked for organizations like McKinsey before joining MPL. He holds qualifications from IIT Kharagpur and IIM Bangalore.
CEO (Laqshya Event Capital)
Shyam has spent over two decades of experience in building business strategy, leading events and branded content and managing P&L’s in some of the most highly known MNCs such as Viu, Viacom18 Media Pvt Ltd., Times group , Balaji Telefilms and NDTV Media. He has been among the first movers to set the branded content model across News & Music platforms.
He has created some of the most iconic IP’s across genres which have seen multiple successful seasons such as NDTV Business Leadership Awards, an award winning format with Dupont “Shunya” series on Times Television, led dialogues with International studios such as ABC , Televisa and spearheaded a leading music dance property for Live Viacom 18 - Vh1 Supersonic.
A strategist and a leader with an effortless management style, Shyam has spearheaded an inspirational growth story for multiple brands and has successfully created scalable models and growth stories engaging audiences across the board and enabled sustained communities. He has been on the forefront of driving value creation through new business pillars through his professional journey.
Assistant Vice President (Jio Games)
Ashish Gupta is a recognized leader in the gaming industry with over 18 years of work experience. He is currently working as Asst Vice President at Reliance Jio and leading Games Ecosystem at for Games Stores for Jio VoLTE Feature Phones , Smart Phones, Setup Boxes, Cloud Gaming,VR and eSports.
Prior to joining Reliance Jio, Ashish worked as Country Manager- India & sub continents with Gameloft, and was responsible for managing, leading and growing the overall business for OEMs, Carriers, Advertising. He was leading games business and publishing for Airtel Live!
Ashish worked with gaming studios as artist, game designer, producer, B2C marketing and lead business.
Entrepreneur and gamer
Entertainer and workaholic are understatements to describe thug. From representing India in esports to being the entrepreneurial mind behind the talent curation of mobile gamers in India thug has a special place in the heart of Gaming Community.
Managing Direct, Publisher Growth
Hitoshi Maruyana leads Publisher Growth at AnyMind Group, and he is responsible for AnyMind Group's publisher side business. He previously held roles in Japanese advertising company Geniee and Indonesia-based ADSTARS.
Game Guru is well Renowned and currently the biggest creator in terms of audience for both BGMI and overall.
He achieves upto 40 million Views every month. And upto 2 million views every day.
He gains upto 2k Fan Subscription every month which proves the love of the audience for him.
He engages well with the audience making him the biggest Live creator for Facebook Gaming.
He has over 1.4 Followers only on Facebook
Content and broadcast: Taking gaming to the next level
Getting your first break in gaming
Putting India on the global map
Gaming as a career - The next generation in gaming
Working with world's biggest game studios
Diversifying gaming content for Indian audience
Game streaming as a legitmate career
Finding your audience: Tips for getting more viewers
Content vs Personality: What audiences look for
Breaking the mould: New trends in gaming
Importance of content in Esports
How brands are using gaming content
Business in gaming: Emerging trends of the future
How to create open world in video games
Ecole Intuit Lab
Better Audio design practices
Substance material for Video Game Design
Navigating Monetization with Ads in the Mobile Gaming Ecosystem
Up your game design skills with Wacom