Vikash Jaiswal is an Indian entrepreneur. He is the founder of Gametion Technologies Pvt. Ltd. and creator of Ludo King, a popular gaming app developed by Gametion for Android and iOS.[1][2][3][4]

Vikash Jaiswal
Patna (Bihar)
EducationBachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from MIT, Bulandshahar
Occupation(s)Founder and Director of Gametion Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

At the ET Brand Equity Gaming Summit in 2021, Jaiswal asked the Indian government to support the game development industry within the country.[5] According to Jaiswal there should be "specialised courses focusing on game development under related streams like computer science or engineering."[5]

Early life Edit

Vikash Jaiswal was born in Patna, Bihar.[2]

He loved playing video games, especially in gaming parlours.[6][7] His favorites were the popular Nintendo Mario games and Road Fighter.[7][8] Growing up, Jaiswal used to make hand-made greeting cards and give them to a local stationery shop to sell.

Jaiswal pursued his Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from MIT, Bulandshahar. As part of his thesis, he created a video game called ‘Eggy Boy’, a seven level jump game like ‘Mario’, which was named PCQuest magazine's ‘Game of the Month’ for July 2003.[2][6][7] He also took up animation, graphic design, and 3D classes in Patna while pursuing his Bachelors.[7]

In 2003, Jaiswal graduated from MIT, and moved to Mumbai. He started working as a tech lead for Indiagames Ltd.[2][6][7]

Gametion Edit

In 2008, Jaiswal quit his job and started his own game development venture, Gametion, with an investment of ₹2.5 lakh and a team of seven.[2] Gametion initially created browser games, and later it shifted to mobile game development for Android and iOS.[2][9] Most of these original games were published on ""[6]

Gametion participated in the IGDC 2019 event, one of the most significant game developer conference in South Asia.[10]

Ludo King Edit

In October 2015, Jaiswal came up with the idea for Ludo King, after coming across a Snakes and Ladders game app.[11] Jaiswal developed the game with one programmer and one graphic designer.[12][8]

Ludo King was launched in December 2016 and has "the list since May 2017."[3] By November 2017, the game had 120 million users worldwide, of which 'around 100 million were in India, followed by Indonesia, Pakistan, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Brazil.' [2]

Talking about Ludo King, Jaiswal said, "It was all luck with Ludo King...But I always thought that I would be able to list my game in the list of top charts.”[12] He was sure that the game would "come in the top 10 rankings of the board games category in India.”[12]

Ludo King has won numerous awards including the Mobile & Tablet Game: Arcade/Casual (International) in Gaming at the 19th FICCI FRAMES Best Animated Frames (BAF) Awards.[13][14] Ludo King was also selected as Best Casual Game of 2018 on Google Play Store by popular vote.[15][16][17] Ludo King was also listed in the Top 3 downloaded games in India in 2018, according to the Google's annual Year in Search: Insights for Brands report.[18] The app was named "No.1 Game of India" by MidDay,[19] while the Apple app store listed Ludo King in the list of 21 apps for 2021.[20]

Awards Edit

Vikash Jaiswal received the Mobile & Tablet Game: Arcade/ Casual (International) in Gaming for Ludo King at the 19th FICCI FRAMES Best Animated Frames (BAF) Awards.[13][14]

Mr. Vikash Jaiswal has been recognized as "Icons of Navi Mumbai" by the Economic Times group.[21]

Gametion Technologies earned the ET Startup Award 2020, with recognition as a Bootstrap Champ of 2020.[22][23]

Gametion Technologies ranked Number 1 in the category of "Top 10 India Headquartered Games Publishers" in the Top Published Awards 2021 by App Annie.[24]

Android Developers featured a story on Vikash Jaiswal for their YouTube channel.[25]

Mr. Vikash Jaiswal won the "Marketer of the Year - Gaming" award at the IAA Leadership Awards 2022 for his marketing achievements.[26]

Investments Edit

Vikash Jaiswal intends to invest in promising startups in the Gaming Industry.[9]

References Edit

  1. ^ "How a small Indian studio got 55 million downloads and 10 million DAUs in under a year". Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Sharma, Varda (16 November 2017). "Ludo in the big league". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b Shankar, Shashwati (8 March 2018). "Vikash Jaiswal: The man who developed a tired, old British board game for mobile phones". The Economic Times. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  4. ^ "The growing craze for online Ludo". 21 September 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Ludo King Creator Calls on Indian Government to Support Game Development". IGN India. 29 June 2021. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d "'Ludo King' Vikash Jaiswal on how Ludo became India's No. 1 lockdown game…". afaqs!. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e "'Ludo King' creator Vikash Jaiswal shares its journey from idea to 500 million downloads worldwide!". AnimationXpress. 15 January 2021. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  8. ^ a b Anuka Roy (10 May 2020). "Ludo wins big during lockdown". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  9. ^ a b Nath, Ojasvi. "Looking To Invest In Promising Startups – Ludo King Founders". BW Businessworld. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  10. ^ Bhavani, Divya Kala (27 November 2019). "Highlights from India Game Developer Conference 2019, Hyderabad : Unreal Engine, e-sports competitions, and more". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  11. ^ Ludo King बनाने वाले पटना के Vikash Jaiswal की प्रेरक कहानी | The Lallantop, retrieved 4 March 2020
  12. ^ a b c "How Ludo King Became a COVID Quarantine Sensation in India". NDTV Gadgets 360. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  13. ^ a b "FICCI FRAMES 2018 BAF Award Winners Revealed". Animation Magazine. 6 March 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  14. ^ a b "FICCI BAF Awards 2018 Winner LIST" (PDF). FICCI BAF. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  15. ^ Rakheja, Jagrati (13 December 2018). "Best Android Games 2018 on the Play store". Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  16. ^ "Best Casual Games of 2018 - Android Apps on Google Play". Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  17. ^ "Google Play Lists 'Best of 2018' Apps, Games, Movies, and More". NDTV Gadgets 360. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  18. ^ "Believe it or Not! Ludo King Most downloaded game in 2018". The Mobile Indian. 9 May 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  19. ^ "Midday: Partnered Content". 1 January 1970. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  20. ^ "21 apps for 2021 : App Store Story". App Store. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  21. ^ "Icons of Navi Mumbai". Gametion. 24 January 2020. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  22. ^ "ET Startup Awards 2020: Bootstrap Champ Gametion is a game for all seasons & reasons". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  23. ^ "2020 Winners – The Economic Times Startup Awards 2020". Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  24. ^ "Level Up Rankings". App Annie. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  25. ^ Android Developer Story: Ludo King goes from local to global, retrieved 14 November 2021
  26. ^ "IAA Leadership Awards 2022: Avinash Pandey wins media person of the year, PG Aditiya is creative person of the year, Tanmay Mohanty takes top media agency accolade". Campaign India. Retrieved 23 August 2022.