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Varun Mahna

CEO & Founder

Varun Mahna is the CEO & founder of Dangal Games. He laid the building blocks of Dangal’s gaming empire in 2017 inspired by his prolonged passion for Poker which started back at BITS Pilani in his engineering years. The strategic convolutions combined with the thrill of clinching a winning hand kept his love for the game soaring through XLRI Jamshedpur, where Poker was in the air. Working with the leading sports-media brand, Star Sports, Mahna saw his passion reengineer into an entrepreneurial vision of an Indian online gaming hub beyond the real money phenomenon to stimulate community building & instill a sense of belonging in the native players. The masterly skipper has since then led the diversification of Dangal’s gaming portfolio from skill-based to strategy to fantasy & now to hyper-casual.

Varun Puri

Chairman & Founder

Best partnerships are built on the turf of friendship & Trust.Varun Puri is the Chairman & Founder of Dangal Games. A seasoned entrepreneur, Puri has reigned the helm of many successful ventures like Neevatech India & EMMEGI previously. Just like his namesake co-founder, friend & batchmate Puri’s dalliance with Poker began at BITS Pilani. His entrepreneurial excellence & knack for building ventures from the ground up was just the right lubricant to set Dangal Games’ wheels into motion.


Karan Gandhi

Co-Founder & CRO

Our brain is an idea machine, but only a few dare to leap & make these ideas big' says Karan, a gifted young gun in the field of professional Poker. Dangal Games speaks for all the success this young man has achieved by co-founding it when he was just 25. Just a few years into the gaming business, the company is already roaring high and has become one of India's topmost all-encompassing gaming destinations. Gandhi has been an avid professional poker player, and with his penchant for marketing & finance backed by a strong educational background in the same, he is the best one could ask for when it comes to wielding platform-wide business development across Dangal Games. From managing 'Strategic Alliances' at NDTV to handling client servicing as 'Sales Retentions Manager' at Zomato, Gandhi has forged himself completely into a man who is ideal for intense business development of any startup.

Shashwat Jain

Co-Founder & COO

If data is the new oil, then knowing how to refine it into actionable intelligence is the key to unleashing its hidden potential. Well, this is what matches the skill set of Dangal Games’ admirably talented co-founder and head of operations Shashwat Jain.Just like his wingmen at Pokerdangal, Shashwat also likes to play professional Poker. But his surpassed knowledge & interest in data operations and analytics, justifies his hardworking educational background. An IIT graduate, Shashwat has handled one of the most data-intensive positions at Amazon as a business analyst. Shashwat's adeptness in Data Science, Hands-on Coding, Big-Data/Analytics Tools & Techniques, and ability to convince multiple stakeholders through data insights, is the key driver behind Dangal’s expeditious market adaptation in a dynamic online gaming arena.


Manan Sobti


As a Chief Accounting Officer, Manan Sobti handles all-things-finance at Dangal Games. A self-confessed data geek, he is the one truly obsessed with his job of accounting functions and backend operations at the organisation. His understanding of business capital led him to pursue MBA from IMT, from where there was nothing stopping him. After leading his very own food-tech venture ― AgrichFoods to success, he co-founded Dangal games in 2017. Years of experience in analytics and finance has helped him gather rich business acumen, and is truly one of the strongest pillars at business operations. With his expertise in data-driven business framework, he’s effectively impacting Dangal Games’ decision-making and revenue model. He considers travelling an essential part of his life and loves to explore uncharted parts of the world.

Nidhi Singh Kushwaha


Technology is the heart of RMG & Nidhi’s decade-long experience in creating scalable solutions for multiple business domains keeps this heart alive & kicking at Dangal Games. Nidhi has acquired remarkable technical prowess in the gaming space as a Senior Technical Architect & has been instrumental in putting developing gaming brands among the leading platforms for online gaming in Indian circuit.Geared with strong IT skills for building distributed & scalable gaming frameworks, his expertise lies in handling huge traffic and achieving a high level of concurrency in the gaming domain. As an engineering lad Kamla Nehru Institute of Technology catapulted Nidhi’s passion for solving complex business problems. At Dangal he is leading a team of front end, back end, Devops & UI/UX engineers in an endeavor to build Dangal Games as a next-gen avant-garde.


Vikas Suryan

Business Head, RummyDangal

Vikas is an erudite with a rich academic & professional background. An engineer from Thapar University and MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur, Vikas has led various Talent Development Initiatives for senior leadership in Capgemini India before taking Dangal’s baton forward with RummyDangal. His expertise and leadership experience in strategizing business, building high-performance teams and creating future capabilities is the impetus for seamless operations at RummyDangal. Vikas is extremely passionate about outdoor sports, loves to run & has been a marathoner.

Ankit Anand

Business Head, FantasyDangal

Ankit Anand joined the Dangal family in 2021 to spearhead the fantasy arm of Dangal Games, FantasyDangal. Steering the entire wheel of the platform right from - building various teams, driving customer acquisition, retention & digital marketing with a greater focus on customer experience, this avid footballer has grown up on a healthy dose of console gaming, football, tennis & formula1. Anand’s long experience of leading corporate sales & key accounts for some of the formidable names in Banking & Media industries like Yes Bank & Star India has ingrained in him a deep sense of astute business acumen. Add to that his innate sense of filmy humor which makes FantasyDangal a cradle for the most playful & engaging content the world of Fantasy has seen.