#Asia Indian mobile gaming startup Mech Mocha raises US$5M Series A; Xiaomi founder Jun Lei co-invests


Mech Mocha’s first game, Chhota Bheem Himalayan Game, has over 4 million users in India


Mech Mocha, an India-focused mobile gaming startup, today announced it has raised US$5 million in Series A round of funding led by Accel Partners (an investor in ‘Angry Birds’ owner Rovio and ‘Clash of Clans’ owner Supercell), and Shunwei Capital, a Chinese venture capital firm founded by Xiaomi‘s Founder Jun Lei. Existing investor Blume Ventures has also joined the round.

Bangalore-based Mech Mocha will deploy the funds to develop and launch new titles across the casual and mid-core gaming categories, targeted at the Indian audience.

“Globally, Accel has a wealth of experience in the gaming space with investments in Supercell and Rovio. With Shunwei, we aim to learn from the massive Chinese gaming market and introduce Chinese mobile games to the Indian audience,” said Arpita Kapoor, CEO and Co-founder of Mech Mocha.

The startup had earlier raised US$1 million seed round funding led by Blume Ventures and Flipkart, in December 2015.

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Founded by IIIT Gwalior graduates Arpita Kapoor, Mohit Rangaraju and Shilp Gupta, Mech Mocha’s first game, Chhota Bheem Himalayan Game, has over 4 million users in India. Mech Mocha is leveraging its Indian market insights and in-house technology platform to culturalise narratives and customise gameplay for Indian audience.

Mech Mocha is now exploring partnerships with global gaming companies to release their blockbuster gaming titles in India.

The startup now has a team of 30-plus artists and engineers, who have previously worked on highly regarded games and movies at EA, Zynga, Disney and DreamWorks.

Mech Mocha Founders

Mech Mocha founders

The startup continues to heavily invest in an integrated technology platform with cutting-edge capabilities in behavioural analytics, multiplayer, LiveOps and monetisation.

Last year, Aditya Jalan, former AVP (Product) at Myntra and Zomato, joined the team to lead product development.

“The Indian mobile gaming sector is growing at a fast pace and holds great opportunity. Mech Mocha has taken the lead in this space and we are happy to be a part of their growth journey. We hope to share our experience in China and use it create new opportunities for Mech Mocha in India,” says Tuck Lye Koh, Founding Partner and CEO, Shunwei Capital.

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“Since we backed Mech Mocha last year, they have attracted some of the best minds to their team including key senior folks. Mech Mocha is a classic example of a solid team in a market that is yet to explode and we are confident of their success,” says Karthik Reddy, Blume Ventures.

Image Credit: Mech Mocha

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