Cricket’s New Dimension : Hitwicket
Kashyap Reddy is the CEO & Co-Founder of a Hyderabad based startup that runs a popular online strategy game called Hitwicket. Hitwicket.com involves taking management control over a T20 Cricket team and making strategic decisions based on economics, probabilities and statistics to compete with other users in the league, on a similar lines to the IPL & football leagues around the world.
Hitwicket is designed to be an extremely challenging strategy game that take a fair amount of careful planning to succeed in. The user is expected to study the data related to player bidding trends, player depreciation value, Team finances, etc and make long term strategic decisions. While the game strives to keep things simple for new/casual users, there is plenty of depth to the gameplay that peaks interest among those who relish the finer details. This is one of the reasons the game is particularly popular among those in the management field, academically or professionally apart from the general game freaks.
Hitwicket started as a means to give everyone a daily dose of stress-busting distraction from the routine of work/studies. But now it has evolved much more with friendships being forged across cities and even globally! Kashyap and team seems to be very happy to have played a part in facilitating that. He states that even those college seniors whom they never met while studying are now friends with because of the game.
The user run Hitwicket Facebook group is particularly active with over 15,000 members and 3,500+ photos
uploaded. The Forum too is super active with thousands of posts everyday. There are several popular online games out there, but the experience of physically meeting someone new through a game is a very rare thing. In an age where it’s hard to retain a user’s attention for 10 min, to get them to take the time and effort to attend meetups has been Hitwicket’s most cherished success. Till date around 20 offline meetups have been held so far in Hyderbad, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Patna, Kochi, Vadodra, Vellore and Pune. They even had a father-son Hitwicket duo who turned up for a Pune meetup.
Kashyap reminds about that story behind this venture; he said that it was late 2005, during a long math class in VIT University that Rishav and Kasyap were caught dozing off in the backbench. They were instructed by the professor to freshen up and return, on the way to the water cooler, they introduced themselves to each other and got along famously since then. While in college, Kashyap introduced Rishav to several strategy games related to football and they used to often discuss strategies to excel at them.
After graduation, Kasyap left for an internship in Sweden and Rishav began his work at a startup being incubated in IIM Ahmedabad. In 2009, both of them were looking to start something of their own and the idea of developing a strategy game for cricket was conceptualized. They began working on this idea, but soon realized that the scope of the project was just too large for just the two of them to handle. Hence, they decided to raise capital by developing websites for clients and this allowed them to recruit two more developers to join the team. Hitwicket was finally launched as a private Beta in May 2012 and they opened registrations to public six months later. Ans since then there has been no looking back. Intrestingly, the game has picked up good traction and Kashyap currently has 35,000+ active users from around the world. The large market of cricket fans and the excellent feedback that they receive on a daily basis makes them believe that there are exciting times ahead for Hitwicket.
So, lets check out the game at Hitwicket.