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FIFS appoints Joy Bhattacharjya as Director-General

In this capacity, Bhattacharjya will supervise the body's operations and collaborate with decision-makers and industry stakeholders alike.

India’s first and only self-regulatory industry body for fantasy sports, the Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS) has named Joy Bhattacharjya as its Director-General.

In this capacity, Bhattacharjya will supervise the body’s operations and collaborate with decision-makers and industry stakeholders alike.

Joy Bhattacharjya is a well-known personality in India’s sports and media entertainment industries, and he is known as the ‘Godfather of Fantasy Sports in India.’ Joy created India’s first fantasy sports game, the ‘Super Selector,’ for ESPN Star Sports.

Bhattacharjya administers the Prime Volleyball League (PVL) and is a Cricbuzz Cricket Analyst. He oversaw the most attended and impactful junior tournament in FIFA history as the Project Director for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017. He previously worked as the Team Director for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He was also the Head of Programming for the History & National Geographic channel in South Asia.

Joy is an enthusiastic writer who has contributed to TOI, India Today, BBC, The Telegraph, and the Hindustan Times. He also has a frequent quiz column with the Hindu Business Line and writes about sports for the Economic Times.

Commenting on the appointment, Bimal Julka, Chairman of FIFS, said, “Happy to have Mr. Joy Bhattacharjya join FIFS as the Director-General. FIFS will benefit from his sports expertise and knowledge of fantasy sports.”

Talking about his appointment, Bhattacharjya said, “I am elated to be a part of the next stage of development of Fantasy Sports in the country. It’s a homecoming for me in a way, from launching the Super Selector in 2000, to now leading FIFS – India’s only SRO for Fantasy Sports. I look forward to working with the FIFS members and the stakeholders at large and helping FIFS identify the landscape and potential for India to be the global leader in the Fantasy Sports sector.”

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