The gaming company issues statement debunking rumours around the game’s ownership, clarifies Akshay Kumarn’s role as merely a mentor
By Our Correspondent
Barely few days after the the Chinese backed globally popular digital game PUBG was banned in India, desi firm nCore announced a similar action game FAU-G with Akshay Kumar as a mentor, brand ambassador. The game though was mired into controversies over its ownership. The late Qyuki Digital Media co-founder Samir Bangara and actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s names were linked with FAU-G. nCore, the owning company, though has rubbished all such nasty rumours and clarified that the company was founded by Vishal Gondal and Dayanadhi MG.
The company issued a long statement clarifying the ownership and denying any link with Sushant Singh Rajput.
“This statement is being issued to address certain ongoing, conversations/rumours on social media that FAU-G was conceptualized by late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, which is completely false and baseless.
ncore was founded in 2019 by an Indian entrepreneur Mr. Vishal Gondal and Mr. Dayanadhi MG and others who have been in the gaming industry for over 20 years. It involves a team of over 28 programmers, artists, testers, designers,who have worked on top gaming titles in the past and are currently developing FAU: G game,” nCore said in its statement.
nCore clarified that Akshay Kumar was associated with the game in the capacity of a mentor.
The company also rubbished the plagiarism row over the game’s poster clarifying that it obtained the licence from Shutter Stock to create the poster of the Indian game.
‘There are stories doing the rounds that the poster of our game , FAUG- G is plagiarized. We would like to clarify that we have officially bought the licence to use the image from Shutter Stock. Additionally, this is just a teaser poster and we would be releasing the official game Title screen and in-game art soon,” added nCore.
Read nCore’s full statement in the Tweet below.
It must be recalled that the late Samir Bangara was the COO of Indiagames the digital gaming company that was founded by Gondal in 1999.
In 1999, Vishal Gondal founded Indiagames, then a five-member team. Indiagames primarily engaged in publishing and developing games across various platforms such as Internet, PC, broadband, mobile phones, PDAs, handheld gaming devices and consoles. Bangara was one among the founding members of the firm.
In 2005, TOM online Games, a subsidiary of TOM Online Inc took major stakes in the company. Vishal Gondal kept his position as CEO though.
In 2007, the Indian company UTV Software Communications acquired a majority stake in Indiagames. Before the acquisition by Disney, Bangara was the Chief Operating Officer of Indiagames Ltd., which he was associated with in different roles since 1999 as investor, advisor and COO.
In June 2010, Indiagames was re-branded as UTV Indiagames, and in 2011, the remaining stake in Indiagames was acquired by Disney for around $100 million. Vishal Gondal stepped down from control of the company and was replaced by Sameer Ganapathy.
Meanwhile, Samir Bangara went on to form his own digital firm Qyuki, that was backed music maestro A.R. Rahman and filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, who is a good friend of the late Sushant Singh Rajput.
Bangara died on 14 June in a road accident on the outskirts of Mumbai. He was 42. Coincidentally, Sushant Singh Rajput, too, passed away on the same day.