OnePlay is developing the OneCloud Network, featuring a decentralised, edge-based internet infrastructure, allowing anyone to host game/VR/ metaverse apps and services on distributed nodes and benefit from improved performance and data privacy.
Soon, when you pick up a telecom plan, along with over-the-top (OTT) streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, you might find yourself gaining access to Kunal Shah-backed OnePlay. The decentralised and open-source cloud gaming platform told ET that it is in talks with around 64 telecom players across the world to add them to the bundle.
“We are actively pursuing partnerships with telecom companies on a global scale,” Harshit Jain, cofounder and CEO at OnePlay, told ET. “Currently, we are engaged in discussions with 64 telecom entities to integrate our subscription service as an add-on alongside other over-the-top (OTT) platforms when customers sign up for their telecom services. Among these, seven telecom companies have already approved our proof of concept.”
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OnePlay empowers gamers worldwide with limitless access to immersive gaming experiences without the need for costly hardware. It is developing the OneCloud Network, featuring a decentralised, edge-based internet infrastructure, allowing anyone to host game/VR/ metaverse apps and services on distributed nodes and benefit from improved performance and data privacy.
Several AAA titles like Counter-Strike and GTA (Grand Theft Auto), which require a high-level graphics card, can be accessed via OnePlay. The most widely played game on OnePlay is GTA. ‘AAA Games’ is a classification used within the video gaming industry to signify high-budget, high-profile games that are typically produced and distributed by large, well-known publishers.
“We are strategically planning to launch our gaming platform with approximately two telecom companies in India,” Jain said. “This approach represents the first instance of bundling a gaming platform in this fashion. Our aim is to go live with one or two Indian telecom partners by the middle of next year. To kickstart this process, we are initially reaching out to various regional Internet Service Providers (ISPs) before approaching larger, nationwide telecom companies.”
In terms of international expansion, the company said it has set its sights on South Korea, the US and Malaysia.
“While we are still in the process of identifying suitable partners in these regions, we have already taken the first step in Korea by collaborating with a local partner,” said Abhik Saha, cofounder and chief technology officer at OnePlay. “It is important to note that our services will be branded under our partners’ names in these regions, leveraging their established reputation. This marks the initiation of our global expansion, with additional partnerships on the horizon.”
Founded in 2019, OnePlay has a registered user base of over 50,000 players and has garnered 100,000 downloads. The platform sees the maximum traction from cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Kolkata.
The company received $1.8 million in a strategic funding round led by Baring Capital. The round also saw participation from Inflection Point Ventures, and other angel investors such as Cred’s Kunal Shah, Jupiter’s CEO Jitendra Gupta, Suraj Nalin of PlaySimple Games, and Gupshup’s CFO Amit Shrivastav. OnePlay has also partnered with technology companies like Fampay, County (for behavioural analytics), Leap switch (hosting partner), Yotta (data centre partner), Radian Arc (AMD GPU partner) and Shaks (gaming controller partner).