India’s WinZO raises $65m funding led by Griffin Gaming Partners

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WinZO, a gaming and entertainment platform, on Friday said it has raised $65 million in a Series C funding round, led by California-based Griffin Gaming Partners, taking the total capital raised by the company to $90 million. This is Griffin’s first ever investment in India.

WinZO’s latest fund raise comes eight months after it raised its Series B round from returning investors Makers Fund, Courtside Ventures, and Steve Pagliuca, co-chairman of Bain Capital.

Phil Sanderson, co-founder, Griffin Gaming Partners, will join WinZO’s board of directors.

“Griffin’s incredible experience and precious insights across the global media & entertainment landscape shall be valuable as we continue to disrupt the Indian gaming ecosystem. With this raise, we plan to grow much faster and become an even more lovable product for our consumers. WinZO is poised and strategically well positioned to be one of the first ‘Made in India’ products that will rule the world in coming years,” said Paavan Nanda, co-founder, WinZO.

With focus on competitive multiplayer gaming experiences, WinZO’s aims to create a culturally relevant mobile games platform with broad-based adoption. It seeks to position itself at the forefront of Indian gaming culture with an expansive influencer network catering to more than 50 million registered users. The platform is currently offered in 12 languages, unlocking demographics that have historically gone underserved.

The company has grown its revenues tenfold over the last 12 months, and has partnered with over 100 leading game developers to realise the full potential of the Indian mobile gaming market through in-game integration of WinZO’s social gaming framework.

“Winzo is led by best-in-class management with an extraordinary product vision. We saw in WinZO’s games incredible retention and monetization metrics we believe set the company up for continued explosive growth and are proud to support the team on the journey, making our first ever investment in India” said Nick Tuosto, co-founder, Griffin Gaming Partners, and managing director and head of Gaming at LionTree.

This article was first published on livemint.com

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.