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ShareChat lays off less than 5% of its workforce, shuts fantasy sports app Jeet11

Homegrown social media company ShareChat (Mohalla Tech Pvt Ltd) has laid off less than 5 percent of its employees after it shut down its fantasy sports platform called Jeet11, the company confirmed on Friday.

Backed by Twitter, Google, Snap, and Tiger Global, ShareChat has about 2,300 employees and the layoff will impact more than 100 people at the company, at a time when nearly every tech firm is restructuring businesses to weather the global economic crisis.

“As a standard business practice, we periodically evaluate our strategies. We can confirm that we are ceasing operations of Jeet11 and have reorganized some of our functions, which meant movement of this talent within teams and a few employee exits,” a ShareChat spokesperson told Media.

“This process has impacted less than 5 percent of our employees,” the spokesperson added.

ShareChat (Mohalla Tech Pvt Ltd) is India’s largest homegrown social media company, with more than 400 million monthly active users (MAUs) across all its platforms.

Founded in 2015 by Ankush Sachdeva, Bhanu Pratap Singh, and Farid Ahsan, ShareChat was last valued at $5 billion and has social media brands such as ShareChat App and Moj under its portfolio.

While the ShareChat app has over 180 million monthly active users, Moj is the largest Indian short video platform with close to 300 million people consuming content each month on the app.

“We continue to focus on robust growth and hiring across various functions and roles as per our plans. To succeed as India’s fastest-growing social media company, we assess our strategy regularly and make necessary changes to achieve our vision,” the company spokesperson further said.

Launched in 2020, Jeet11 was ShareChat’s take on Dream11 and Mobile Premier League (MPL). In June this year, ShareChat closed a $520 million multi-tranche funding round, taking its valuation to $5 billion.

In the funding round, the company raised $255 million from Google, Times Group, and existing investors. Since 2021, ShareChat has cumulatively raised $1.2 billion and also acquired MX TakaTak.

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