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November 10, 2008

Will UTV's new businesses fire?

Business Today has a profile of the new initiatives of media group UTV.



(Interactive, gaming & Internet) is a relatively new business for UTV, and it has grown through acquisitions. In 2007, it bought out UK-based Ignition Entertainment and the India-based Indiagames. Ignition develops and publishes games for leading consoles, whereas Indiagames is a mobile and online gaming player. More recently, the company picked up a majority stake in US-based True Games Interactive.

...Analysts say UTV’s presence across many segments de-risks its business model, but it can expect competition as big Indian players seek foreign partners and new markets. Screwvala is not perturbed: “We are not looking at a competitive market because we believe that today everyone is challenged to grow the market… Before we start talking of serious competition we need to first grow the market.”

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