Tencent Said Investing $100M In Indian Fantasy Sports Platform Dream11

Social media giant Tencent Holdings is in advanced negotiations to invest US$100 million in Mumbai-based online fantasy sports platform Dream11, according to Indian media.

The report said the Tencent has offered a term sheet for a transaction that could give Dream11 at a pre-money valuation of US$400 million to US$500 million.

Tencent and Dream11 did not immediately respond to China Money Network’s emails seeking comments.

Founded in 2012, Dream11 is an online fantasy cricket and football gaming platform. A fantasy sport allows participants to assemble imaginary or virtual teams of real players of a professional sport. These teams compete based on the statistical performance of those players in actual games.

Dream11’s existing investors include technology-focused venture capital firm Kalaari Capital, San Francisco-based Think Investments and Indian private equity firm Multiples.

Gaming is Tencent’s core business. The company booked total revenues of RMB66.39 billion (US$10.59 billion) last year, with RMB24.37 billion (US$3.89 billion), or 41%, coming from online gaming.

Since 2005, Tencent had made roughly 35 investments and acquisitions in the video games field, more than half of them international. In March, Tencent acquired 5% stake of French video game maker Ubisoft. In February, Tencent invested RMB3 billion (US$474 million) in Chinese online gaming firm Shanda Games in exchange for an undisclosed stake in the target company. Last year, Tencent invested 17.7 million pounds (US$23.2 million) to acquire shares of British game developer Frontier Developments. In 2016, Tencent spent US$8.6 billion to acquire 84.3% stake of Finland’s game developer Supercell.