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FSTA to expand and embrace changes

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Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) has decided to expand further and embrace more changes. FSTA has announced at its Winter Conference that it is welcoming the legal and technological changes happening in the industry and it is planning bring in sports gaming into its ambit. The organisation will change its name to Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association (FSGA), with effect from 1 April 2019.

The association plans to expand its mission to include all the new markets emerging in sports: sports betting, games of skills and non-sports contests.

With the recent US Supreme Court decision overturning PASPA and allowing states to decide whether to legalise sports betting, the expanded scope of the association will allow members to network with the dealmakers in these new markets and to collectively work to ensure that the new laws allow members to compete in the marketplace.

The FSGA will continue to be the leading association for the fantasy sports industry, but its expanded focus will offer a forum for companies that offer games, services, analytics, and content for both legal contests of skill and sports gaming.

“We see a need for an association of companies that not only offer fantasy sports, but also emerging gaming opportunities,” said FSTA president Paul Charchian. “Non-sports fantasy games, eSports and sports betting have gameplay similarities, shared vendors, shared customers and shared legal goals. We will build on our 21-year track record of helping to grow the businesses within these industries.”

The number of fantasy sports players has increased exponentially, to nearly 60 million in the US and Canada, since the FSTA was formed. The FSTA has been a big part of that growth, generating research and data for the industry, providing key networking opportunities and a forum for collective action.

The FSTA has led legal efforts to defend the use of player names in fantasy contests and to defend fantasy sports as legal games of skill, spearheading an effort that has seen 20 states pass laws confirming paid fantasy sports contests are legal games of skill.

The debut event of the FSGA will be its June 27–28 Summer Conference in New York City.

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Kapil Dev Launches Apne11

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Kapil Dev, the former Indian cricket team captain, has launched a new daily fantasy sports platform named Apne11. He is the brand ambassador of the platform.

On Apne11, players can choose their own team from the players on the actual field and be awarded points in accordance with the performance of the selected team combination.

Apne11 also announced a launch offer wherein user will get 100% cash bonus deposits and an opportunity to play against Kapil Dev by participating in the Kapil League. The highest scorer on Kapil Dev’s leader board will win Rs. 25 lakh.

“The gaming industry is undergoing a revolution and with one of the world’s largest youth populations, India is poised to become one of the world’s markets in the gaming sector. We want to make daily fantasy sports game experience simpler and reach tier 2 and tier 3 cities,” Ratul Sethi, the founder of Apne11 said.

“The Indian market is the fastest growing fantasy sports market in the world, the market is projected to touch 5 billion in the next two years,” Roland Landers, the CEO of All India Gaming Federation said.

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FanDuel Offers Fantasy Contests for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019

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FanDuel, the US based fantasy sports provider and bookmaker, has offered a range of fantasy contests for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019. FanDuel will also contribute $1000 to the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) for every goal Team USA scores during the tournament, in addition to a $10,000 initial donation.

To celebrate the Women’s World Cup and Team USA, FanDuel is partnering with Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles two-time Pro Bowl tight end and husband of U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team superstar Julie Ertz. Ertz will be entering several daily fantasy contests on FanDuel throughout the tournament.

“When the USWNT won the World Cup title in 2015, it was a historic sporting event and a breakthrough moment for women’s soccer and female athletics. We’re excited to see what this year’s tournament has in store and are proud to support women’s sports and be the Women’s World Cup fantasy leader,” Andy Giancamilli, MD of FanDuel said.

“Our Foundation is pleased to partner with organizations who, like us, want to empower girls and women to reach their potential in sport and in life. As FanDuel’s exclusive charity partner for the Women’s World Cup tournament, we’re grateful to receive the proceeds from goals scored. What a great added benefit for cheering on team USA!” Deborah Antione, CEO of WSF said.

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Sportito Launches its innovative Fantasy Sports site in India in Continued Global Expansion

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Sportito, one of Europe’s most recognised fantasy sports platforms, has been launched in one of the fastest growing fantasy sports markets in the world. Sportito India attracted more than 500 registrations in its first 2 hours of operation, thanks to the fantasy contest on the ICC Cricket World Cup that has just started

India is renowned for its enthusiastic sporting population, something that has reflected the rapid growth of fantasy sports in the country. According to 2019 KPMG Report “The Evolving landscape of sport gaming in India” in the last 2-3 years, Online Fantasy Sports Gaming has witnessed stupendous growth. The number of users has grown by over twenty five times (~25x) from June 2016

India currently has more than 20 million fantasy sports users, a number expected to grow to 100 million users by 2020, with a staggering 89 percent of users play fantasy sports at least once a month, 71% of the respondents play fantasy cricket with a 85% being mobile users

Sportito India currently has international and domestic cricket challenges, as well as football (soccer). Plans are in place to introduce Kabaddi and Basketball by years end. Indian fans can now play Fantasy Sports on Sportito and enjoy a for fun version of the popular managerial game, with the option to collect virtual coins which can be later converted into bonus. The players are free from the salary cap restrictions, allowing them to choose the top players without having to worry about the budget. Real time data is also available for the users to track their teams live, thanks to the partnership with Sportradar global data provider

“The Indian market is the fastest-growing fantasy sports market in the world, and for us was a natural decision to launch our innovative site in this market aiming to be the number one platform with the best experience ever,” Riccardo Mittiga CEO of Sportito said. “We’ve asked our community which new sport they would like to play on Sportito, the answer was Cricket” – and we did it “We are a customer oriented company and our team is doing our best to become the first choice in the hearts of the fantasy players” he added

 

About Sportito:

Sportito was launched in the United Kingdom in 2016 and has come a long way. Offering users a daily fantasy sports platform with more profit and fun than traditional fantasy sports. Sportito is giving players the chance to win cash prizes every day without waiting a whole season to finish.

Since its launch, Sportito has achieved a striking increase in its user base thanks to a growing number of fantasy sports fans. Remarkably, Sportito has signed sponsorship deals with 3 historical English football clubs in the Premier League and Championship Queens Park Rangers FC, Burnley FC and Fulham FC as their official fantasy sports partners to introduce fantasy sports to the football fans reaching an audience of more than 1.5 Million fans in total.

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