Vishal Gondal is the Founder and CEO of IndiaGames and is best known as the Father of Indian Digital Gaming Industry. He has served various other positions including Managing Director, Disney UTV and is also a notable Angel Investor.
Born in 1976, Vishal got his first PC when he was in the eighth standard. When he was in the ninth, he got a project from a bank to make their complete mailing list for around 6000 customers earning him Rs. 60,000.
Later he started a Computer Training Institute in his dad’s garage, where he taught WordStar, Dbase, Lotus etc. Vishal has a degree in Commerce from University of Mumbai.
During Kargil war 199, Vishal and his team developed two games which went viral on Internet. The two games ‘I love India’ and ‘Vijay’ allowed players to gun down Nawaz Sharif and other Pakistanis. It made him so popular that he was interviewed by Star News, CNN and BBC. He was also felicitated by Indian Army for those Games.
Immediately after, he started Indiagames in September 1999 and since then never looked back. Today Vishal’s Company has over 3 Dozen Games in its Bouquet and occupies the largest holding in Indian Digital Gaming Industry. In 2009, Indiagames had over 300 employees and offices in Mumbai,Beijing, London and Los Angeles. Investors in Indiagames include the likes of Adobe Inc. and Cisco.
Later in 2011 Disney made an entry into India by acquiring Indiagames in a deal worth $100m. According to sources, it was making a profit of $400,000 on revenues of $11 million at that time.
Vishal was listed among the top 50 executives in the mobile content space by the UK based ‘Mobile Entertainment’ Magazine alongside guys like Steve Jobs of Apple. Vishal also serves a key position in Nokia Advisory Council for Games.
Vishal is not the usual workaholic type CEO. He spends a considerable amount of time in Running, Trekking and other Athletic Events. He was a national level volleyball player and represented Maharashtra in the national championship. It was indeed on Sports quota that he was granted Admission in the University.