Surat, a city in Gujarat is the hub of diamonds and textiles. It is a city where you will get to taste the finest of foods and visit the best places. While Surat city in itself offers tourists so many places to see, there are places nearby that can be visited for a one or two-day trip, especially on the weekends.
Check these 5 tourist places near Surat that can be easily accommodated during weekends-
Synonymous with the famous Gandhi salt satyagraha, Dandi in Navsari has plenty to explore for a day. The Salt Satyagraha Memorial depicts beautifully the story of salt satyagraha from its conceptualization to the final picking up of salt grains to symbolize the breaking of salt laws. The Dandi beach along the Arabian Sea and the Saifee Villa that displays the pictures of Mahatma Gandhiji are the places to visit in Dandi. The nearby town of Navsari is also beautiful and you can visit this en route Dandi.
Located in the Western Ghats or Sahyadris, Saputara is the only hill station of Gujarat in the Dang district. Rich in natural beauty, Saputara is frequented by the people of Gujarat and neighboring Maharashtra throughout the year. The month-long Saputara Monsoon Festival showcases the rich customs and traditions of its native tribal population. This is one of the famous tourist places near Surat and is a weekend getaway for the Surtis.
Another in the list of visiting places near Surat is Daman. The capital city in the Indian union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, it was once a Portuguese colony. The Daman fort, beach, Jain temple, and the Church of Bom Jesus are the main attractions. If you are a food lover, try the various sea-food options here. Also available are the adventure sports along the seashore that will help you spend quality time here.
A must in the list of tourist places near Surat is the Statue of Unity. At 182 meters, the Statue of Unity is the world’s tallest statue. Constructed on a river island, this statue faces the Narmada Dam downstream. The statue houses a museum and audiovisual gallery. There is a memorial garden at the base of the statue. The Sardar Sarovar Dam, Tent City, Butterfly Park, river rafting, and Valley of Flowers are added attractions near the statue.
The hometown of Parsis in India, Udvada is rich in Zoroastrian heritage. This quaint little coastal town has the sacred fire temple inside which lies the ‘Victorious Fire’ or the Atash Behram. The tourist places in Udavada are the Zoroastrian heritage museum and the beach. Fit for an idyllic holiday, visitors must try the mouth-watering Parsi food and the delicious snacks from the Irani Bakery here.
We have listed the 5 best tourist places near Surat to help visitors plan their travel while visiting Surat. The other places to explore in and around Surat that may be included in your travel itinerary are Tithal Beach, Dharampur, Vansda National Park, Pavagadh, Umbergaon, and so on.
The list of celebrities who invest in startups is growing at an exponential rate. Taking a cue from the success of other early entrepreneurs and investors, many celebrities have joined the bandwagon in promoting and investing in startups that they can relate to.
The latest to join the league of Indian celebrities who have invested in emerging tech startups is Katrina Kaif. She had already launched her own beauty line ‘Kay Beauty’ on Nykaa Fashion startup. Now, she has invested an undisclosed amount in this beauty products e-commerce platform.
Here, we have compiled a list of international celebrity entrepreneurs as well as Indian Bollywood celebrities who have invested in emerging tech startups or launched their own businesses.
Hollywood investors are many. Ashton Kutcher leads the list with his impeccable knowledge in startup investments.
1. Ashton Kutcher
First in the list of celebrity investors is Ashton Kutcher, a celebrated Hollywood actor. He has invested in many tech firms either directly or through his investment firm A-Grade Investments. Some of his well-known investments include Skype- a video calling app, Flipboard- a news aggregator and a social magazine app, FourSquare- a location-based service, Airbnb- a popular vacation rental app, Path- a photo-sharing app (discontinued now), Spotify- a digital music streaming app that gives access to millions of songs, Uber- an on-demand cab hiring app.
2. Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio had invested in the now-defunct Mobli, a social mobile photo and video sharing app. He has also invested in Suja Juice that sells organic cold-pressed juices. He has also invested in a company Casper that manufactures mattresses and pillows.
3. Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake has steadily invested in a diverse portfolio. He has invested in a photo start-up Stipple, Disney-acquired app maker Tapulous (now shut down), a boutique music record label Tennman Records, clothing brand William Rast, a golf course Mirimichi Golf Course.
4. Kim Kardashian
5. Lady Gaga
6. Will Smith
7. Robert Downey Jr
Robert Downey Jr, a popular Hollywood actor known for his film Iron Man, has invested in a life insurance startup Ethos Technologies Inc, an online education platform Masterclass that offers interactive tutorials by experts in various fields.
8. Demi Moore
10. Jared Leto
A well-known actor, director, singer, Jared Leto has invested in numerous startups like Reddit- a social news aggregator and web content rating and discussion website, Uber- an on-demand cab-hailing app, Slack- a business communication platform, Headspace- a digital health app, DocuSign- an electronic signature service app.
When it comes to startup investments our Bollywood is not behind. From the likes of Amitabh Bachchan to Deepika Padukone, many have invested in either startup or have turned entrepreneurs with their own brand launch. Let us look at the Bollywood investors who have taken the investment and entrepreneurship route.
1. Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan, Indian Bollywood’s Big B has invested in the Mumbai-based local search engine app Just Dial. Together with his son, he has also invested in a Singapore-based blockchain empowered micro-lending solution provider startup, Ziddu.com. He has further invested in a Mumbai-based edtech startup Eduisfun that develops gamified educational apps for CBSE and ICSE students.
2. Shahrukh Khan
The heartthrob of Bollywood, Shahrukh Khan has heavily invested in sports through the franchise Kolkata Knight Riders of the Indian Premier League. He also has a film production and distribution company Red Chillies Entertainment. He also has a stake in KidZania, an international chain of family entertainment centers.
3. Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone has started her business investment by a multi-crore partnership with a health food brand Epigamia. This Mumbai based company sells Greek yogurt, artisanal curd, snacks, smoothies and Indian sweets. She has also invested in an IISc-incubated space tech company, Bellatrix Aerospace.
Deepika Padukone, through her family investment vehicle, Ka Enterprises, has invested in Blu Smart, an on-demand electric cab and bike-hailing platform. She has also invested in Furlenco- an online furniture rental app and Purplle- a beauty products market platform.
4. Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar, the fitness enthusiast he is, has invested in a wearable tech startup, GOQii. Just like Fitbit, this wearable helps people track their steps in addition to their sleep and other physical activities. It is integrated with an app that offers real-time personalized coaching, health checkup schedules and health-related merchandise.
5. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya, together with her mother, has invested in Ambee. This Bengaluru-based startup combines data and analytics to give information about the local air quality. This environment intelligence app helps customers take preventive measures in cases of severe environmental issues.
6. Shilpa Shetty
Shilpa Shetty, the famous Bollywood actress has invested in Groupco Developers, a real-estate based company that helps people find the best deals on properties. She has also invested in IOSIS, a chain of spas in Mumbai. Being one of the most popular celebrity entrepreneurs, Shilpa Shetty has invested in many restaurants and has also managed to monetize her love for Yoga. Her latest investment venture is Mamaearth, a baby care startup that offers natural, toxin-free products for mother and baby care. Viaan Industries founded by Shilpa Shetty and her husband is in news for alleged money laundering.
7. Arjun Kapoor
Arjun Kapoor has invested in a home food delivery enterprise called the Foodcloud. This startup empowers homemakers to take orders and deliver fresh and hygienic home-cooked food to customers from their home kitchens.
8. Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra, a global film actress and a model, has invested in a feminist dating app Bumble. She has also invested in a college education startup Holberton School that offers a project-based alternative to college for software students.
9. Farhan Akhtar
Farhan Akhtar has invested in a film discovery app Flickbay that uses AI and ML technology to provide users with information about trailers, songs, reviews and ratings on films that are running in theaters or are available on TV and online streaming platforms.
10. Katrina Kaif
Joining the list of Indian celebrities investing in startups is Katrina Kaif, a popular Hindi film actress. She has started her own line of cosmetics Kay Beauty and has partnered with Nykaa Fashion for the product sale.
11. Salman Khan
Salman Khan, a popular Bollywood actor, has invested in Yatra- an online travel company. He also has his clothing and fashion brand, Being Human that funds his charity organization, the Being Human Foundation.
12. Aamir Khan
13. Alia Bhatt
14. Jacqueline Fernandez
15. Anil Kapoor
16. Ajay Devgn
17. Boman Irani
Joining here in the Bollywood investors list is Boman Irani, a popular actor who is remembered for his intense as well as comic roles. He has invested in Rooter, a platform that brings the sports fans together when a sporting event is held.
18. Suniel Shetty
19. A R Rahman & Shekar Kapur
20. Ayushmann Khurrana
21. Madhuri Dixit
22. Malaika Arora
23. Rana Daggubati
25. John Abraham
26. Karishma Kapoor
27. Lara Dutta
Lara Dutta, a famous Bollywood actress together with her husband Mahesh Bhupathi, a famous tennis player, has started her production house Bheegi Basanti Entertainment. She has also introduced her fitness and holistic lifestyle DVD series under the name H.E.A.L (Health, Exercise And Longevity).
28. Rannvijay Singha
What’s Up Life, an online lifestyle media platform has been backed by investment from Rannvijay Singha. This famous actor and TV personality has also invested in the sports management company IT Magia Solutions and also in a fashion styling app IStyleYou.
29. Ronnie Screwvala
Sealing a place in the list of celebrities who invest in startups is Ronnie Srewvala, the founder of UTV Group (now known as Walt Disney Studios India), who has invested in UpGrad, an online higher education platform that helps aspiring students through programs built with top universities and industry partners.
30. Sukhbir Singh
Popular singer Sukhbir Singh has invested in a beverage startup LQI that manufactures smoothies, milkshakes and fruit water frozen packs. He has also invested in a startup eBikeGo that is an electric bike rental company.
Picking the right startup to invest in is a challenging job. The idea, the team, the market, the consumers- all these need to be taken into account. But once done, there is a huge scope to get good profits.
It is the IPL season again. The craze is not limited to the cricket pitch. It has spread online too and it is not any random hysteria. You make your own team and win huge. Yes, you select your 11 member team and win based on the live match performance of the players. This is fantasy cricket for you- you make your dream team, you win money if your team is indeed the best.
Welcome to the world of fantasy sports. Cricket, baseball, basketball, hockey- you can build your own dream team and win money.
Dream11, a leading fantasy cricket app in India had 1 million registered users in 2014 and crossed 50 million users by 2019. It generated about $150 million in revenue and had $2 billion in transactions on its platform.
Fantasy sports in India have a lot of users from tier2 and tier 3 cities.
IPL is the key factor for all the fantasy sports app in India to gain maximum traction and increase its customer base.
While a number of fantasy sports apps have been released in the market, none of them have a strong user base as Dream11. How does this matter? It matters the most as increased players or users mean increased money pooling and a bigger winning amount.
The other apps like Paytm First, My11Circle, MyTeam11, Mobile Premier League (MPL), BalleBaazi app have all not been able to add as many users as this Dream11 fantasy cricket app.
Halaplay, another fantasy sports app has a reverse match concept, where you win if your team scores the least points.
The fantasy sports app in India has attracted investments from venture capitalists and private equity investors.
Even though many people consider it as a form of gambling, the courts in India have considered it as a game of skill. But still, some states like Assam, Odisha and Telangana have banned fantasy sports.
The fantasy sports have become popular among the masses thanks to mobile penetration into the remote villages in India. With mobile internet becoming cheap, the fantasy sports apps in India, especially the fantasy cricket apps have become well-liked and continue to add new users every day.
If you are interested in creating a fantasy sports app like Dream11 or Mobile Premier League, contact us. We are into fantasy sports app development in India and we offer services that will help your gaming app to get maximum downloads and users.
A game lover or not, many might have heard about video game live streaming. Of course, a hardcore gamer will know what it is. After all, watching a video game live streaming is what keeps them occupied other than playing games on their mobile, PC or Xbox.
Let us see what a video game live streaming is and its requirements.
A video game live streaming is wherein a gamer or creator records himself playing games on a device and streams it to a live audience on a game streaming platform through a game streaming software. Made popular in the 2010s, it has now become a global phenomenon with star gamers earning income from sponsors, donations, advertisements and subscriptions. The main highlight is the live commentary from the gamers that interests and entertains the audience.
Originally started on the online game streaming channel Twitch, it has now spread its wings to Facebook and YouTube.
The video game market is immensely huge and the gaming companies conduct online leagues and esports (online video game competitions) to attract users to download its games.
Here are the gaming industry statistics to help you understand the popularity of video game live streaming.
Desktop/laptop- You need at least an Intel i7 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 2.5 GHz, an SSD and many USB ports.
Gaming Device- PC, Xbox One, Laptop, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, mobile device.
Camera- You can use a USB webcam or a digital camera for your live streaming.
Microphone- For good quality audio, it is better to use a condenser microphone that doesn’t pick up a lot of background noise.
Audio Mixer- This is to use multiple microphones and other audio sources. Ensure that your audio mixer has a number of inputs and also has an output to get the audio to the computer.
Software- A live streamer will need video streaming and switching software.
Internet Access- Get access to a wired network with at least an upload speed of 3-5 Mbps.
Streaming Channels- YouTube, Facebook Live, Twitch are famous video game live streaming channels where you will get people to watch your live streaming.
What is a live game streaming software?
A live game streaming software is actually a software encoder that converts the video input into a playable digital format and sends it across through the internet. Along with this they even help you to adjust the quality of your streaming through graphics addition, multiple-camera and multiple-audio switching. There is also live game streaming hardware available where the encoding takes place locally. But the software is widely used and popular.
A gaming streaming site is a channel or destination that broadcasts your live stream to an audience. The popular social media channels like Facebook, YouTube and Twitch act as video live streaming platforms.
Twitch by Amazon is a video live streaming service that is famous for game live streaming. It also broadcasts esports competitions, music, gaming-related talk shows, food, lifestyle and other creative content. Twitch has over 3 million monthly broadcasters and 15 million daily active users. With Twitch, a split-screen display allows you to see the streamer play and what they see or play on their monitor along with their audio. Users can purchase games through links with streamers receiving a commission on sales. The user can add comments and ask questions to receive answers in real-time. The live stream can also be saved to watch it at a later time. Twitch subscriptions allow users to watch the live streams ad-free and also support their favorite streamers.
Previously YouTube had designed a separate dedicated portal for gaming called the YouTube Gaming app in 2015. But since there was a lot of confusion regarding the main YouTube app and the YouTube Gaming app, it was decided to merge the two. The YouTube Gaming app closed down in May 2019 and the subscribers were shifted to the main app.
The Gaming page on YouTube is a treasure for gamers and creators with over 86 million subscribers. It has sections for trending game videos, top live streams, recommended gaming videos based on user subscriptions and history and top live games. There is also a section for the latest gaming videos from the user subscriptions. If any game becomes popular and has a significant presence on YouTube, a page is automatically generated for it and the algorithm decides the videos that have to go inside this page.
Twitch remains the most popular game streaming channel in the US and Europe whereas YouTube is popular in Asia and Latin America. But YouTube is carving its own identity in gaming and may soon take over Twitch’s dominance. The highlight reels and other shorter videos by game creators are catching up with the audience and also the esports leagues like the Call Of Duty League and the OverWatch League.
3. Facebook Gaming-
Launched in 2018, Facebook Gaming offers users access to live gaming streams, groups and instant games. Its active users increased by 234% in 2019-20. Popular in South East Asia, Facebook Gaming has seen a steady inflow of star streamers since 2019. When Microsoft closed its game streaming service, Mixer, in 2020, it collaborated with Facebook Gaming and gave its users an option to redirect to the Facebook platform.
This Chinese video live streaming service has recently acquired a 3 year exclusive right to broadcast League of Legends World Championship, Mid-Season Invitational and League of Legends All Star in China.
Half-Life TV covers Counter Strike: Global Offensive esports news and tournaments.
6. BIGO TV-
This live streaming service founded in Singapore is already popular in Thailand and has over 350 million users globally. It has obtained the 5th place in the worldwide streaming apps. It is now banned in countries of India and Pakistan.
7. Afreeca TV-
Any FREE broadCAsting or Afreeca TV available in South Korea is famous for its various esports leagues like the Afreeca TV StarCast League (ASL), Global Starcraft 2 League (GSL) and the Afreeca TV Battle Ground League (APL). IT is also known for the esports broadcast relay station like OverWatch APEX relay and the League of Legends Pro League Korean Relay.
The other popular video streaming services are Huya, DLive, Smashcast.tv and GosuGamers.
Sign up for Twitch to create your account. You get a stream key that links and streams to your profile from the free broadcasting apps (you have to use Twitch recommended apps). If you use a free broadcasting app like OBS, you have to enter the key here so that this app can communicate with your Twitch channel account to stream the game live. You have to select the source (specific window, entire screen), audio levels, stream quality, etc. Once the setup process is complete, click on the ‘Stream’ button and you are ready for the broadcast.
For live streaming from the Android mobile to YouTube, you have to download the YouTube app and create a live stream through the ‘Capture’ & ‘Go Live’ option. But this is possible only when you have at least 1000 subscribers and get access to mobile live streaming. Also, the first live stream may take 24 hours to be enabled. YouTube also gives the option to schedule a live stream.
NOTE: Use the Android phone’s ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode to avoid interruptions.
The video game live streaming is proof of the growing popularity of mobile games. If you want to join the bandwagon, now is your chance. If you have any game ideas in mind, let us know about it. We will help you transform it into an enticing, entertaining and exciting game through our expert game developer team.
Though Subway Surfers was named the most downloaded mobile game of the decade, it is the battle royale games that are the most talked about and the most-played. Needless to say, this lockdown has turned everyone into a hardcore gamer and this trend is not going to fade away soon.
Let us see the top 5 battle royale games for 2020-
Though PUBG Mobile made news thanks to its ban in India, it still remains a hugely popular Battle Royale game. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) developed by PUBG Corporation was given a full release on Dec 2017. By 2020, it had sold over 70 million copies and has been downloaded over 600 million times. The players have to parachute to the ground onto one of the four maps and collect weapons to fight against the enemies. The playable area of the map keeps shrinking and the players have to relocate to safety within a given time. The person who remains alive until the last wins the match. The PUBG Lite was introduced as the lighter version for the slow mobile networks. This version had a smaller map and only 60 players compared to 100 in the full version with a fast-paced 10-minute game.
PUBG was the top-selling game of 2017 and 2018. Its position was toppled by Free Fire in 2019.
Also known as Garena Free Fire or simply Free Fire, this game was developed by 111 Dots Studio. It received the “Best Popular Vote Game” by Google Play Store for 2019. Launched in Dec 2017, Free Fire is offered by Garena International Pvt Ltd. This game consists of up to 50 players and each player enters the war zone by jumping down from a plane. The players go looking for weapons and have to survive on the island to win the game. The last surviving player wins the game. Almost similar to PUBG, Free Fire has a smaller map and faster combat.
One of the largest mobile game launches in history on 1st October 2019, Call Of Duty generated over $330 million from above 250 million downloads. Similar in concept to PUBG and Free Fire, the battle royale mode consists of 100 players who play against each while collecting weapons. A Zombies mode was added in Nov 2019 and subsequently removed in Season 4 when it didn’t reach the desired level of quality. The COD keeps adding new features and updates every season (mobile anniversary) to retain viewer attention. The COD Mobile has integrated all features and modes from the main Call of Duty series.
Initially released in Sept 2017, Fortnite Battle Royale, developed and published by Epic Games, later released the versions for mobile gaming in the next year. In this game, 100 players skydive to an island and search for ammunition and gear to defend themselves from other players. Similar to PUBG and other battle royale games, the playable area keeps shrinking. But the distinguishing factor is that the players are able to collect resources and build walls and obstacles to safeguard themselves from other players or for strategic viewing. By May 2020, it had 350 million players and had generated over 2 billion dollars worldwide.
Among Us was released in 2018 and received little attention then. It was in 2020 that this space-themed game developed and published by InnerSloth, an American game studio, became more popular and widely appreciated. This multiplayer game needs 4-10 players. Any of these players are randomly selected to be impostors. The play is in any one of the 3 maps- a spaceship (The Skeld), a headquarters building (Mira HQ) and a planet base (Polus). The crewmates have to complete tasks while the goal of the impostors is to blend with the crewmates and sabotage the tasks.
Among Us was inspired by Mafia and released with a single map. The other two maps were added later in 2019. Even though the initial response was lukewarm, it became popular in the early 2020 thanks to some famous Twitch streamers and YouTubers. By Sept 2020, it had 100 million downloads and 3.8 million players. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, a game that needs 60 players to compete in mini-matches is also another battle royale game like Among Us that is popular and different from the other battle royale games that mostly focus on violent battles.
Lockdown aside, the battle royale games remain hugely popular with today’s generation. 2020 and the next year are all about technological advancements in the gaming industry. From AR to VR, expect drastic changes in the way the mobile game is perceived and played.
If you have a good idea in mind, this is the right time to transform it into a battle royale mobile game. We are a mobile game development agency that designs epic games that will help you get the maximum downloads.
With the popularity of online casino games soaring, it takes a while for a rookie to transform into a seasoned player. Casino games are fun when you learn the intrinsic and then start to bet.
The online casino games are a great way of learning for beginners. You can start with the free online casino games first till you get a grip on it.
Here we have listed the best 5 easy casino games for beginners-
A game of chance, a game of luck, the slot machine is the easiest casino game with nothing to learn or trick. You have to just click on the spin button. The set of reels is populated with symbols. The win is calculated by the new combination of symbols on the reels after the spin is complete. The slot is called by different names like fruit machines, pokies, video slots or the one-armed bandits.
Again Roulette is another simple casino game that has the roulette table consisting of the wheel and the betting layout. The bets are called by placing money or casino coins on the betting layout prior to the outcome of the spin. The roulette wheel is spun in one direction, while the ball is spun in the opposite direction around a circular track consisting of numbers written on red and black slots. The ball comes to rest on any of the numbered slots after passing through deflectors. The bet types are many and can be placed on a single number, adjacent numbers, color, even or odd, column, or a range.
A simple straight-forward card game, blackjack or 21 is where the players are playing against the dealer. The card deck sans the joker will have a number value. Each player including the dealer gets two cards. The aim of the players is to get their card value close to 21 but not over 21. They have to get their card value higher than the dealer but not over 21 to win. The player or the dealer whoever gets the closest to 21 points wins the game. Also, if any of them gets a blackjack combination which is that one card has to be a king, queen or jack and the other an ace, they win 3:2 or 6:5 whatever the casino decides. This is a simple and exciting casino game that is easy for beginners.
This is a 5 card game where you win for different combinations of numbers and suits like the Jacks or better, 2 pair, 3 of a kind, straight flush, full house, flush, 4 of a kind, and the royal flush. Here, instead of placing a bet with a few other players, you play single player in front of a screen. The payouts for all the winning combinations are listed beforehand. If the displayed 5 cards have any winning combination you win the bet. You can discard unwanted cards to get fresh ones and hope that you increase your chances of making winning combinations.
Also called the 7-11, this is a game where you bet on the outcome of two dice roll. Two dices are needed here and the act of rolling the dice is called shooting. During the game, you place bet on the shooter or against the shooter. Each round in craps starts with the come-out roll. If the shooter rolls a combination of 7 or 11 (called natural), he gets to roll again. If the player rolls out combinations of 2, 3 or 12 (called craps), he loses but gets to roll again. If the shooter rolls a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, that value becomes the point. Once these numbers are rolled, a button gets turned ON. If the shooter gets a 7 combination in the first chance itself, then 7 is their friend. But if a player rolls 7 when the button is ON, they lose. Bets are placed on the dice roll combination. The field is when you bet for the dice to roll a 2, 3, 4, 9,10, 11 or 12. The other bets are the pass line, don’t pass, come, don’t come, big 6, any 7, any craps and so on.
While the Craps seems a bit complicated, it is easy to understand if you leave the betting part. Once you get to know the game, you gradually learn the betting aspects of it. The slot machine, roulette and the blackjack are simple games based on luck.
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