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A game spoiled by a solitary share: the inside story of Kavin Bharti Mittal and WinZO parting ways

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From left, Paavan Nanda, cofounder, WinZo; Saumya Singh Rathore, cofounder, WinZo; Kavin Mittal, CEO and founder, Hike messenger; image credit: WinZo and Getty Images

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The Airtel scion and the Zo Rooms founders had a common goal and gambled on each other when they signed on the dotted line two years ago. They may yet strike gold in real money gaming, but their erstwhile partnership has likely made it a bit harder for both.

The story so far: Having burned nearly USD200 million and earned practically nothing, Kavin Bharti Mittal has pressed the reset button on his chap app Hike. In its new avatar, Hike has two platforms — Rush and Vibe — for gaming and social networking, respectively. Gaming has always been central to Mittal’s grand scheme of things. A significant portion of his initial hires were from gaming companies such as Zynga, and he has made several

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