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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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FantasyData Rebrands Commercial API Division to SportsDataIO and Announces New Consumer APIs

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FantasyData Rebrands Commercial API Division to SportsDataIO and Announces New Consumer APIs
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FantasyData, a leading provider of sports data APIs for the fantasy and sports betting industries has announced, that effective immediately they are rebranding their Commercial API Division as SportsDataIO, and can be found online at SportsData.io.

SportsDataIO will be the home of their Commercial API Solutions division which is powering the next generation of fantasy, sports betting, and fan engagement applications. FantasyData as a brand will continue to operate and change its focus to consumers, providing research tools, original news content and analysis and now offering, a first of its kind, lightweight APIs designed with the individual consumer needs in mind.

“With the recent changes to the sports betting legislature, SportsDataIO will serve as the one-stop shop for any company looking for accurate, customizable and real-time data delivered to drive their applications,” Scott Gimpel, CEO said.

SportsDataIO will continue to offer feeds for the “Big 4” (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) as well as College Football/Basketball, the PGA, NASCAR, select Esports leagues, and top global Soccer leagues.  There are plans to expand coverage to other top domestic and international competitions. Each API offers a range of feeds to ensure that customers can customize their solution to meet their business’ requirements and budget.

“As more States allow for sports betting, an entire industry is starting to emerge. By leveraging our years of providing bespoke APIs catered to the fantasy industry, SportsDataIO comes market tested and approved out of the box for sports betting and engagement platforms,” Dustin Sullivan, VP of Sales said.

 

ABOUT SPORTSDATAIO:

SportsDataIO provides feeds and data sets to power sports betting and fantasy sports applications and businesses. SportsDataIO’s commercial products enable everyone, from startups to established brands to create robust applications that can be trusted to be accurate by their customers. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Conshohocken PA SportsDataIO has been recognized as the “Best Data Provider” by industry group FSGA. SportsDataIO is focused on growing its business by constantly adding new sports and stats from leagues across the globe. SportsDataIO is a subsidiary of FantasyData LLC, both companies are privately held and debt-free.  SportsDataIO launched in April of 2019 and was created in response to the growing needs for powerful, commercial grade APIs in the sports betting and fantasy sports space. For more info on SportsDataIO please visit SportsData.io.

For inquiries please call Dustin Sullivan at (214) 802-2722 or email at dustin@sportsdata.io

ABOUT FANTASY DATA:

FantasyDataLLC provides research tools, analysis and sports data APIs for consumers.  Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Conshohocken PA FantasyData has been recognized as the “Best Data Provider” by industry group FSGA. FantasyData is focused on growing its business by creating new tools and functionality for its data products to better help the fantasy player and sports bettor.  FantasyData LLC, is privately held and debt-free.  Recently, FantasyData re-branded its commercial API division as SportsDataIO in response to the growing needs for new data products in other industries, namely sports betting.  For more info on FantasyData please visit FantasyData.com

For inquiries please email sales@fantasydata.com

 

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StarPick disrupts Fantasy Gaming in India with the innovative, easy to play and first of its kind ‘Fantasy Matchup’

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StarPick disrupts Fantasy Gaming in India with the innovative, easy to play and first of its kind ‘Fantasy Matchup’
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Skill and knowledge based format
Select between 4-10 head-to-head duels to increase winnings

 

StarPick, India’s leading fantasy sports platform introduced the innovative and easy to play Fantasy Matchup, the first of its kind head-to-head duel between 2 players in India. With this, StarPick also becomes Scout Gaming Group’s first operator globally to introduce this new, innovative and proprietary game.

StarPick’s Fantasy Matchup format is extremely exciting, very easy to understand and play where just the users’ skills helps them win instead of competing against thousands of others. There are pre-set duels between players of a team for the particular day. In order to participate in the Fantasy Matchup, a user needs to select a minimum of 4 duels and up to a maximum of 10 duels.

Trigam Mukherjee, Co-founder and CEO of StarPick India said, “At StarPick, it is our constant endeavour to disrupt and redefine fantasy gaming in India as well as keeping the users engaged using superior technology and innovation. Fantasy Matchup is one such radical and innovative game we have introduced on our platform. Globally this concept is very new and it is now available to our users in India through StarPick. In fact, we are Scout Gaming Group’s first client to launch Fantasy Matchup. We believe our users will love this new format and test their skills and knowledge to get rewarded financially. My message to the users is ‘keep skilling it’.”

“StarPick is leading the innovation in the Indian Fantasy Sports market and we are of course delighted that they are the first operator to launch the Scout Gaming Group match-up game, based on our in-house-proprietary expected fantasy points. We are also planning to launch new innovative fantasy related games during the coming year,” comments Scout Gaming Group’s CEO, Andreas Ternstrom.

In StarPick’s Fantasy Matchup, the fantasy points accumulated in the duel will be based on the player’s actual performance in the real game. The player with the higher score at the end of the game wins the duel. In order to win the Fantasy Matchup, all the duels selected by the user should be correct.

Some other innovative and easy to play formats introduced by StarPick that are highly appreciated by users are:

  • Flexi Five – Pick any 5 players.
  • Cricket Heroes – Quick and easy format where a user has to pick 3 players (one Batsman, one Bowler and one All-Rounder).
  • H2H – Create your own challenge and go head to head with a friend or any user on StarPick.
  • Season Game – A multiple gameweek tournament can also be a “season game”, where the tournament endures over a whole season.

 

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Scout Gaming increases distribution capacity and product offering

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Scout Gaming has entered into two agreements further expanding the distribution network of Scout’s products. The two agreements are with Inplaynet and Ultraplay, both which are platform and content suppliers. The agreements stipulate distribution of Scout Gaming‘s game platform products. In addition to the Scout Daily Fantasy Sports platform, Inplaynet aims to be the first to distribute Scout’s newly launched Fantasy Matchup game.

“We continue to expand our distribution network and at the same time add new products. The Fantasy Matchup game was recently beta launched on the Indian market and is expected to become part of our standard offering. The game features duels between players and the objective is to predict who will be the best player by gaining the most fantasy points according to our fantasy points ruleset. We are continuously strengthening our Fantasy offering by the release of additional products,” comments Scout Gaming’s CEO, Andreas Ternström.

Scout Gaming has established the leading global B2B network for Fantasy Sports and continues to expand. Scout Gaming’s products are expected to be integrated on both platforms no later than the third quarter of this year.

 

About Scout Gaming Group:
Scout Gaming Group is a licensed and regulated provider of B2B Daily Fantasy Sports and pool betting. The company offers a flexible and customizable network-based Fantasy Sports solution with support for most sports and leagues through an in-house StatCenter which also provides real-time information to players. Local sports can be provided on request. The Group has approximately 80 staff and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden with development and operations in Bergen, Norway and Lviv, Ukraine. Sales, support and product management is handled from the office in Malta. Scout Gaming is listed at Stockholm Nasdaq First North.

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