India: August 17th, 2020.
Lumikai (India’s first venture fund focused 100% on gaming & interactive media) today announced a newearly stage venture capital fund focused on India’s fast-growing gaming and interactive markets. The fund is backed by a global investor base, includingiconic gaming and technology companies from Japan, Finland, US, and South Korea, deploying long-term capital into India’s interactive entertainment market for the first time.
Lumikai fund is built to supercharge the new generation of India’s leading foundersacross interactive content, technology, tools and infrastructure –Made in India, for 300M+domestic gamers and global audiences.
Lumikai was founded by General Partners Justin Shriram Keeling (Comcast-G4, Managing Director at Fox Interactive Media, Corporate Strategy Head at Disney UTV Games) and Salone Sehgal (London Venture Partners (LVP), Games entrepreneur, former M&A banker from Morgan Stanley& Barclays)Together they leverage40 years of combined operational experience, global networks, industry insights and investment experience to lead Lumikai as India’s first thesis-driven gaming and interactive entertainment fund.
“India’s 300M+ user gaming marketrepresent a global inflection point, a unique opportunityenabled bymultiple stars aligning. A billion young, entertainment hungryusers now have access to the world’s cheapest data and frictionless national mobile payments – we also have arguably the deepest bench of raw creative and technical talent in the world” commented Justin Shriram Keeling, Lumikai General Partner. “As India’s first dedicated long-term capital and strategic partnerfor the gaming ecosystem, Lumikai’s vision is to help enable a new golden age for India’s ambitious founders that also drivesinteractive sector innovation worldwide.”
“Traditionally,global finance eschewed the games industry viewing it as a hit driven business. In India too,games creators have been underfinanced. However, we deeply believe in the portfolio approach of building early winners across genres to deliver outsized returns.” commented Salone Sehgal, Lumikai General Partner.“Investing In interactive media is highly nuanced and requires specialist insights.Our approach goes far beyond capital. We know success in gaming requires local insights, knowledge of global best practices, rapid iteration, access to high quality talent and relevant strategic access for distribution and go-to-market. Our domestic and global networks, along with the input of our global LP base provide essential advantages to break out inIndia and the world.”
Lumikai hasbeen actively sourcing deals in stealth modewith over 140 interactive foundersalready met in H1 2020. With first close recently completed, the fund plans to announce its first wave of investments in Q3.