The publisher of the first-ever game from publisher Olufemi Games is planning to launch a video-game publishing platform in 2019, its chief executive said on Monday.
Kunal Bahl, the CEO of Microcosma Publishing, said he expects the platform to launch next year, possibly in 2019.
Olufememi, a Finnish video game company, has been working with publishers like Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts and Microsoft to make games based on their popular franchises.
It is not clear whether the platform will be a part of Olufyemi’s existing publishing operation or an entirely new one.
Microcosm is looking to sell video games to book publishers and other large retailers in India.
Olufingemi Games, which is owned by SoftBank Group Corp, is planning its own publishing and distribution operations in India, but Bahl said he expected the platform would launch a new publisher in 2019 or 2020.
“Our vision is to build the best publishing platform for video games in India,” Bahl told reporters.
The platform will not be connected to any gaming platforms, such as Google Play or Microsoft’s Xbox Live, he said.
The publisher plans to offer the platform through its online store, which will offer books, e-books, magazines and video games.
Bahl declined to disclose a price for the platform, but said it would be priced at Rs 500 per month, a fraction of the cost of traditional publishing.
Olifemi said it expects to sell 100 million titles a year on the platform.
Bahls comments come amid a wave of consolidation in the video-games publishing industry, which has seen many smaller companies go public.
In May, Activision Blizzard bought Olufbememi for $1.2 billion.
In July, a subsidiary of Indian gaming publisher Digital Entertainment Pvt Ltd, GameTap, bought Olfyemi.