Hyderabad-based Octathorpe Web-Consultants Pvt. Ltd, the promoter of cricket management game Hitwicket, has raised $250,000 (about Rs 1.63 crore) in funding from angel investor The Chennai Angels (TCA).
Octathorpe, founded by alumni of VIT University Kashyap Reddy, started-off a web services company but later launched Hitwicket considering the huge popularity of the IPL and football management games.
The online game is already generating funds through app purchases and the product is currently available across 77 countries.
“We see Cricket as an ever green passion and Hitwicket has done a unique job of coupling it with management. It’s only a matter of time before gaming companies become mainstream like in western countries,” R Narayan of Chennai Angels said.
Hitwicket allows a user to play the role of a manager of a T20 cricket team and make all strategic decisions like setting line-ups, buying players from the auction, upgrading infrastructure, etc. The matches are simulated ball-by-ball by Hitwicket’s propitiatory Match Engine Algorithm based on various parameters.
Currently, the game can be played on Hitwicket.com or on Hitwicket Android app.
“We designed the Hitwicket Gameplay as an amalgamation of Poker, Monopoly and Chess, games whose appeal spans generations. By packaging complex B-School jargon like Economics and Competitive Strategy into a Fun experience, Hitwicket has plenty of avenues for learning for its users too,” said Kashyap Reddy of Octathorpe.
“Our aim is to keep the users hooked over months and years instead of days like most other games,” Reddy added.