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FSTA to expand and embrace changes

Niji Narayan

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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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FSI Partners With Amelco To Provide Fantasy Sports To Global Tier-1 Operators

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Fantasy Sports Interactive (FSI) are thrilled to announce a strategic partnership with leading sports betting platform provider, Amelco.

FSI have signed an Agreement to provide Amelco with Fantasy Sports Betting and Gaming solutions for their world-class gaming industry clientele.

Fantasy Sports Interactive will supply Amelco with their skill gaming and pool betting options, as well as their exclusive Fixed-Odds-Fantasy offering, a combination of Sportsbook and Fantasy Sports gameplay.

Fixed-Odds-Fantasy is based on a unique methodology combining reliable sports statistics, advanced statistical and mathematical models and machine learning, to deliver an engaging sportsbook offering.

FSI’s Fantasy Sports Solutions are built on innovation, aiming for growth.

From product originality and diversity, to an optimal user experience and the promotion of user engagement, FSI’s suite boosts customer acquisition and retention by targeting various and complex demographic groups – like the multi-generational millennials – through innovation and high playability.

Amelco’s CEO, Paul Manning, stated on the partnership: “Amelco are very pleased to announce our partnership with FSI and we look forward to offering FSIs innovative fantasy content to our existing and new customers worldwide.

The FSI product is a novel addition to the growing and already large list of 3rd party products and feeds integrated to the Amelco platform”.

The Fantasy Sports Interactive team are proud and excited to enter this partnership. In the CEO’s, Dennis Tsalikis’s words, “we feel that Amelco, as an established Company providing trading solutions and market leading sportsbook to top gaming companies, is a perfect match for FSI’s quality and analytically oriented product development philosophy. We are looking forward to creating a productive and succesful synergy with the great people of Amelco”.

 

About FSI:

FSI is an awarded, innovative Fantasy Sports Software company, offering a complete range of options for the sports betting and iGaming Industry. FSI was the first to introduce a ‘Fantasy Sportsbook’ in Europe in 2015 through Bet4theBest Ltd., FSI’s own proof of concept. Company services include cross-platform, mobile-first solutions and back-end Support Services, while FSI’s experienced team offers growth development strategy and day-to-day management consulting.

About Amelco:

Founded in 2006 by veterans of the global financial sector, Amelco builds bespoke trading and sportsbook solutions for the sportsbook industry’s tier-1 operators.

Headquartered in the City of London, Amelco utilises the best technical talent available to supply some of the most cutting edge modular and end to end solutions ever seen in the industry. Born out of a history of building software solutions for pricing, trading and execution platforms in the fintech sphere, Amelco is the supplier of choice for a number of the industry’s multi-territory tier-one operators, including Flutter, GVC and Stars Group.

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DraftKings and Vox Media’s SB Nation Launch DraftKings Nation

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Vox Media’s SB Nation and DraftKings have announced a multi-year editorial and technology partnership, DraftKings Nation. The property will have an immediate focus on the 2019 NFL season.

DraftKings Nation media property operates on Chorus, Vox Media’s proprietary publishing platform, which provides industry-leading publishing capabilities for modern media companies. In the coming months, DraftKings Nation will provide original content, key insights, analysis and lifestyle coverage from all angles of daily fantasy and sports betting.

“Over the past decade, SB Nation has honed a unique ability to engage massive fan communities while Vox Media’s innovative technology platforms, Chorus and Concert, have accelerated that growth. Now, in partnership with DraftKings, we have combined our editorial vision and expertise, paired with our technology capabilities to serve passionate sports fans in this fast-growing area,” Jim Bankoff, Chairman and CEO of Vox Media said.

“DraftKings’ partnership with SB Nation provides a new, best-in-class content destination for passionate, skin-in-the-game sports fans. In addition to consumers being able to access expert analysis, this partnership gives advertisers, brands and marketers a new platform to reach highly engaged and coveted sports fans,” Ezra Kucharz, chief business officer of DraftKings said.

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Fantasy Sports Interactive Launches Fixed-odds-fantasy Innovation With Betting Entertainment Technologies

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Fantasy Sports Interactive Launches Fixed-odds-fantasy Innovation With Betting Entertainment Technologies
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Fantasy Sports Interactive (FSI) are proud to announce their partnership with Betting Entertainment Technologies (Pty) Limited (B.E.T), to distribute FSI’s exclusive Fixed-Odds-Fantasy product to South Africa, BLNS Countries and internationally.

FSI introduced their exclusive Fixed-Odds-Fantasy product at ICE 2019. Fixed-Odds-Fantasy is a world-first gaming concept, powered by a unique methodology that provides Fixed Fantasy Betting Odds.
The offering combines Sportsbook with Skill Gaming, attracting a variety of audiences through traditional betting concepts and user engagement.
For operators, Fixed-Odds-Fantasy is the solution to player liquidity and related marketing expenses such as high Guaranteed Prizes.

FSI’s Fixed-Odds-Fantasy methodology is based on advanced statistics and the correlation between numerous sports stats and significant factors, ranging from athletes’ history and performances, to League Fixtures parameters, weather and pitch conditions.
Taking into consideration customer behaviour, external data, statistics and FSI’s specific Fantasy Scoring System, the algorithm is able to deliver Fixed-Odds sets for every Gameweek, using machine learning for further optimization through time.
The key factor to Fixed-Odds-Fantasy’s success is detailed sports statistics acquired by established and trusted providers like Stats Perform.

The FSI team are delighted to welcome B.E.T as a partner for the distribution of Fixed-Odds-Fantasy and are looking forward to a long and successful relationship.

FSI’s CEO, Dennis Tsalikis, stated:
“We are excited to welcome aboard B.E.T’s team of experts. B.E.T is a distinguished gaming software provider featuring partnerships with renowned companies such as Betradar, Betgenius, Microgaming, Hollywoodbets, Chalkline Sports and many more, and we are certain that our relationship will be significant and fruitful in the key area of South Africa and globally”.

B.E.T’s General Manager, Michael Collins, stated:
“We are excited to enter into our new relationship with FSI as Business to Business partners in what will be a first for the South African market! At B.E.T. we are constantly looking for ways to enhance our customers’ betting experience, and because of that we are always searching for other market leaders to be our strategic partners. We believe that FSI meets this criteria and we look forward to introducing all the innovation that FSI can bring to our platform. Fantasy betting presents an exciting opportunity and we are eager to collaborate and take this to market. It will be integrated into B.E.T.’s bespoke wagering software solution called SyX, so will be readily available to all our customers.”

About FSI:
FSI is an awarded, innovative Fantasy Sports Software company, offering a complete range of options for the sports betting and iGaming Industry. FSI was the first to introduce a ‘Fantasy Sportsbook’ in Europe in 2015 through Bet4theBest Ltd., FSI’s own proof of concept. Company services include cross-platform, mobile-first solutions and back-end Support Services, while FSI’s experienced team offers growth development strategy and day-to-day management consulting.

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