ESL takes minority stake in Indian games publisher Nazara

Also agrees mutli-year licence agreement with esports company Nodwin Gaming

Date Type Companies involved Size
February 12th, 2018 acquisition Nazara Not disclosed
ESL takes minority stake in Indian games publisher Nazara

Esports company ESL has acquired a minority stake in Indian games publisher Nazara Technologies.

MTG-backed ESL runs amateur and professional leagues for a variety of games across the globe, hosting both online and real-world tournaments.

Esports growth

As part of the deal it has also signed a licence agreement with Nazara-owned esports outfit Nodwin Gaming that will see the latter secure multi-year exclusive licensing rights for the ESL system and ESL community platform to organise and operate ESL competitions in India.

Nodwin has also secured the media distribution rights for ESL global content to local linear and digital platforms in the Indian subcontinent.

The move follows Nazara’s acquisition of a 55 per cent stake in Nodwin announced in January 2018.

It’s previously been reported that Nazara is eyeing up an IPO in which it will look to sell $157 million worth of shares. The company’s valuation is thought to likely to be between $470 million and $550 million.

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Craig Chapple is a freelance analyst, consultant and writer with specialist knowledge of the games industry. He has previously served as Senior Editor at, as well as holding roles at Sensor Tower, Nintendo and Develop.