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FIFS announces the 4th edition of its annual fantasy sports conference GamePlan

FIFS and Deloitte will launch a joint industry report titled “Online Fantasy Sports: Creating a Virtuous Cycle of Sports Development

Fantasy sports self-regulatory industry body Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS) is back with the fourth edition of its annual conference - GamePlan 2021.

To be held virtually on August 25, 2021, the event will witness the launch of an industry report on online fantasy sports (OFS), ‘Online Fantasy Sports: Creating a Virtuous Cycle of Sports Development’ along with in-depth discussions on the growth, impact and potential of the industry.

GamePlan 2021 will be graced with keynotes by Justice A N Mittal, Chairman, UP Law Commission; Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary of the Industries & Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology (IT), Government of Telangana; Deepak Bagla, MD and CEO of Invest India; and Justice (Retd.) Arjan Sikri. The conference will host a ‘CEO Roundtable on leadership Lessons from Founders’ with Harsh Jain, Co-Founder and CEO, Dream11 and Dream Sports; Sai Srinivas, Co-Founder & CEO, MPL; Bhavin Pandya, Co-Founder and CEO, Games 24x7 and Vinit Godara, Co-Founder and CEO, MyTeam11.

Besides the report launch and keynotes, there will also be three panel discussions on ‘The Economic Impact of OFS in India’, ‘Fantasy Sports: Fuelling Sports Consumption and Fan Engagement’ and ‘The Evolving Legal Landscape of Fantasy Sports in India’.

Eminent dignitaries speaking at discussions include Bhavit Sheth, COO & Co-Founder, Dream11 & Dream Sports; Joy Bhattacharjya, Indian Quizzer, Orator, Writer, Sports Producer & Vice President at Baseline Ventures India Pvt. Ltd.;  Nikhil Vyas, Managing Partner and CEO, ITW Mediaworx; Siddharth Chury, AVP-  Global Partnerships, NBA India; Jeet Banerjee, MD, Gameplan Sports; Kishore Taid, Co-Founder & CEO, enJogo; Gopal Jain, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Vaibhav Kakkar, Partner, Saraf & Partners. The panel discussions will be moderated by Santosh Mathew, Founding Partner, Ninan & Mathew; Prashant Rao, Partner, TMT Consulting, Deloitte; Girish Menon, Partner, Deal Advisory and Head, Media and Entertainment, KPMG India; Rameesh Kailasam, President & CEO, and Nandan Kamath, Principal Lawyer, LawNK.

Commenting on the conference, Bimal Julka, Chairman, FIFS and FSRA, and Former CIC, Govt. of India, said, “We are delighted to be back with the fourth edition of GamePlan where, together, we will deliberate on the impact and potential of the Online Fantasy Sports industry. With the right guidance and regulations, the Indian OFS industry will certainly have a far more positive impact on Indian economy and sports ecosystem.”

The 2020 edition of virtual GamePlan was attended by 1500+ delegates, witnessed industry-related report launches and engaging panel discussions. Attendees for the event included leaders from organizations like technology platforms, game developers, Fantasy Sports operators, financial institutions, payment gateways, consulting firms, media agencies, sports leagues, and legal advisory firms.

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