Mumbai: The two gaming divisions of Reliance Entertainment, Zapak Digital
Entertainment and Jump Games have announced a tie-up with cricketer Ishant Sharma. As a part of the deal, Zapak.com would be creating and hosting an online game based around the cricketer while Jump Games would be creating a mobile game for him.
This is a browser-based cricket game based on the young Indian cricket prodigy Ishant Sharma. The game allows the player to step into Ishant’s shoes and play as him wherein he bowls five overs to an opponent batsmen. The game is set against the backdrop of a packed international cricket stadium with the crowd cheering him on.
A user is offered numerous bowling options such as in and out swingers and seamers, straight balls along with special deliveries such as a Yorker which
has to be used intelligently. The player has to get the batsman out in the lowest number of balls while giving the least number of runs. The game will be the first of its kind cricket based bowling-only-game.
Reliance Entertainment Ltd. president Rajesh Sawhney said, "We believe that Cricket is not just a sport but a religion in India and we at Reliance Entertainment are all set to capitalize on the huge opportunity this game presents. Gaming is a new industry in India and we believe that Cricket can play a significant catalyst to give the industry the right kind of growth impetus. Today we have created both an Online and a Mobile game around Ishant Sharma, these are the first of their kind bowling only cricket games and are sure to be a hit with all cricketing fans in India."
Giving insights into his first online and mobile avatar, Ishant Sharma said, "Today the youngsters are no longer content with usual ways of playing a game they want it across all means of communication mediums be it television, mobile or the internet. We Indians are excited at all forms of cricket, for us cricketers are demi-god, cricket is a religion. I’m excited about this new Online and Mobile avatar that I’m donning as it gives me another opportunity to connect with this cricket crazy nation."
Zapak Digital Entertainment Ltd. COO Rohit Sharma said, Ours is truly a cricket crazy nation and it is proven from the fact that we have over 18 cricket games on
Zapak.com and each of them are equally popular with the audiences. We at Zapak have a record of more than 80,000 users playing cricket games on our website everyday. And we believe that through this association we will create another milestone in Online Cricketing in India.
Jump Games CEO Salil Bhargava said, "Cricket is one of the most popular genres in mobile gaming in India; and now with our association with Ishant, we aim to provide the audiences with much more of their favourite content. It has been a fabulous year for Jump Games. We signed on Manchester United – the world’s most popular football club earlier this year and now we are bringing the rising cricket star Ishant Sharma on the mobile screen. Ishant is one of the most popular names in Indian cricket right now and we hope our games give another opportunity to his fans to play as their favourite cricketer."