How India’s Reliance Games is using movies to become a global mobile game publisher

HELSINKI — Reliance Games is one of the biggest mobile games companies you’ve never heard of. But it has worked with some of the world’s leading brands and turned movies like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Real Steel into mobile games. The latter has seen more than 50 million downloads to date, and that puts India-based Reliance Games in the big leagues.

I interviewed Manish Agarwal about Reliance’s rapid rise as a mobile game publisher and the state of the mobile gaming market in India at the Slush 2014 conference in Helsinki last week. While Indian game companies haven’t made a huge mark on the global stage, Agarwal’s Reliance has built a studio with 200 developers and a focus on movie-based games based on deals with big Hollywood studios. He’s bullish about mobile gaming’s future, especially in emerging markets like India. But Agarwal’s ambitions are global, and he’s looking to acquire Western game studios.

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