facebook-page-view
Advertisement

Game maker Studio Sirah taps Kalaari, Lumikai

By K Amoghavarsha

  • 25 Jan 2023
Game maker Studio Sirah taps Kalaari, Lumikai
Credit: 123RF.com

Bengaluru-based game maker Studio Sirah has raised $2.6 million (around Rs 21.2 crore) from Kalaari Capital and Lumikai in a pre-Series A capital raise. 

The startup will use the fresh funds to launch its flagship gaming title ‘Kurukshetra: Ascension’ and to develop second gaming title as well.   

Founded by Abhaas Shah and Prateek Shah in 2020, Studio Sirah builds mid-core games, focussed on Indian themes, for mobile and PC.  

Advertisement

The startup claims that its Kurukshetra: Ascension’s beta version has clocked 120,000 downloads till date. 

"Over the last year, we have built a mid-core gaming studio and launched a game which has both cultural resonance and global quality. The response has been good, both in India and abroad, and it is evident that there is a market for Indian content,” said Abhaas Shah, co-founder and chief executive at Studio Sirah. 

The latest round follows Studio Sirah’s seed funding of $830,000 in August 2021. It was led by Lumikai, with participation from Akshat Rathee (Nodwin Games), Alexis Bonte (Stillfront Games), Piyush Shah (Inmobi), Roshni Rathi (BCG) and Sameer Pitalwalla (Epic Games).   

Advertisement

Kalaari Capital, is an early-stage company that invests across seed and Series A startups and has names like e-retailers, Myntra, Snapdeal, MedPlus, online stock trading platform Upstox, crypto trading platform WazirX, alternate credit score player CreditVidya, fantasy sports platform Dream11, fitness company cult.fit, skill-up platform Simplilearn and AI-based fintech startup Active.ai in its portfolio.  

India’s gaming sector has been gaining investors’ traction for quite some time now with Lumkai Capital being one of the most active investors in the sector. Last week, the gaming-focused venture fund had led $2.4 million seed investment in gaming firm Giga Fun Studios.  

In October last year, gaming-focussed startup Supernova had raised $1.1 million in a funding round led by Lumikai.  

Advertisement

As per a report, Indian gaming industry had witnessed a funding jump of 380% from 2019 and by 23% from 2020. 

However, the sector also saw the closure of Google and Temasek-backed ShareChat’s fantasy gaming platform Jeet11 in December last year.    

Advertisement

Share article on

Advertisement
Advertisement