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Texas House approves the bill defining fantasy sports as legal game of skill

Niji Narayan

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The Texas House has approved the bill that would classify fantasy sports as games of skill, not of chance, that are, therefore, legal. House Bill 2303 passed the chamber on a 116–27 vote. It still needs another vote from the House before it can be sent to the Senate for consideration.

Fantasy sports allows fans to draft real players from various sporting leagues to create a fictional team. The players’ real-time statistics are then compiled, and the team with the highest overall ranking wins. Fans can track their teams through websites or apps.

“House Bill 2303 simply seeks to clarify state law and confirm that skill-based fantasy sports are legal and therefore not an act of gambling. It’s very similar to what 19 other states in the country have done in recent years, and the United States Congress made this change in 2006.” State Rep. Moody said.

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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