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Man from Inverness turns €2 into €30,000 and wins World Championship of Fantasy Football

Zoltan Tundik

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MAN FROM INVERNESS TURNS €2 INTO €30,000 AND WINS THE THIRD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF FANTASY FOOTBALL ON SALAH BEING SUBBED OFF 30 SECONDS BEFORE FINAL WHISTLE!

In a thrilling finale of the third World Championship of Fantasy Football, the winner was decided by the smallest of margins, as three players all ended up at 146 points! The tiebreaker was the lowest budget spent in the final round, which turned out to propel ‘ fscottl’ to the top. However, the user ‘ gaffel’ would have won it all if Salah had not been subbed off 30 seconds before the end! I t was a dramatic win for ‘ fscottl’, who is a relatively new name on the Fanteam, and who qualified for the final through a €2 satellite!

The World Championship is a yearly dual-game week event played daily fantasy-style, in two separate game weeks for the English Premier League. The event runs on Europe’s biggest Daily Fantasy site; FanTeam.com. This year we had 116 participants, who either qualified through satellites or paid the entry fee of €1,050. A €100,000 guaranteed prize pool grew to €116,000 while the first prize was €30,000.

After the first round last weekend, the user ‘ fscottl’ had the lead with 88 points, nicely helped by De Bruyne (13 points), Manè (10 points) and Martial (9 points) (team attached). However, there were only 11 points separating 20th place from the leader, so the championship was wide open before the last round that started on New Year’s Day.

Indeed, ‘ fscottl’ was passed by several competitors as the majority of matches in the second round came to a conclusion. With only Liverpool – Sheffield United as the only remaining fixture, ‘ fscottl’ found himself in 7th place. He still had a chance, as many of the entries above him had used all of their 11 players, while ‘ fscottl’ had two unused players: Alexander-Arnold and Manè. As Manè scored a goal, and Alexander Arnold kept a clean sheet, ‘fscottl’ took over the first place with the narrowest of margins.

But, there was a big obstacle ahead for ‘ fscottl’; with FanTeam`s fantasy scoring system midfielders and attackers get an extra point for playing the full match, and with only minutes left of the match, ‘ gaffel’ had Salah still on the pitch and as captain. This meant that if Salah played the full match, ‘gaffel’ would win the WCOFF and shove ‘ fscottl’ down to a 2nd place and a €20,000 prize instead!

The cheers in Inverness must have been rather noticeable, as with only 40 seconds left in overtime, the referee blew his whistle, signaled a substitution, and cameras shifted from Henderson to Salah. Salah walked off as the last Liverpool substitute to give youngster Harvey Elliott his first Premier League seconds, and at the same time earning ‘ fscottl’ €10,000 extra and the famous WCOFF trophy.

Link to the tournament: https://fanteam.com/fantasy/dashboard/222021/3397929/21

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Haryana Court Imposes Damages on Dream11

Niji Narayan

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The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum of Kaithal, Haryana, has imposed damages of 200,000 rupees (US$2800) on online fantasy sports website Dream11 for failing to make proper payment to a contest winner.

Balinder Rapria, a resident of Balu village in Kaithal city, won a fantasy league contest and was supposed to receive an all-expense-paid trip to watch the ICC Women’s World T20 final in Antigua and Barbuda in November 2018 for himself and a companion of his choice.

Dream11 representatives attempted to defend itself with the claim that the problem related to problems of gaining a visa for the winner, but this argument was rejected by the court.

The ruling was that the failure to provide the trip offered amounted to malpractice under Section 2 of the Consumer Protection Act of 1986 and that the plaintiff was awarded 200,000 rupees plus interest and legal fees.

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XFL LA Wildcats And Monkey Knife Fight Announce Marketing Partnership

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Just in time for their home opener, the XFL’s Los Angeles Wildcats announced a partnership with Monkey Knife Fight (MKF), one of the fastest-growing sports gaming platforms in North America. MKF’s sponsorship will be activated through in-stadium promotions, weekly XFL fantasy games and an MKF decal that will appear on the Wildcats’ helmets during select games.

“The XFL created a league of great teams and we truly feel this partnership is a natural fit,” stated Bill Asher, Founder of Monkey Knife Fight. “We’re excited to introduce XFL fans to Monkey Knife Fight, particularly in the Los Angeles market.”

“We’re proud to be partnering with the fastest-growing sports gaming platform in North America, Monkey Knife Fight,” said LA Wildcats President Heather Brooks Karatz. “As the Official Daily Fantasy Sports Partner of the LA Wildcats, Monkey Knife Fight will boost our fan experience to a completely new level.”

The announcement comes on the heels of multiple accolades for Monkey Knife Fight, which includes being named the 2020 Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association Rookie of The Year and Disruptor of the Year and also received two 2019 EGR Operator Awards nominations.

About Monkey Knife Fight: Monkey Knife Fight (MKF) is the fastest-growing sports gaming platform in North America, while being the third-largest Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) platform.  MKF is a new style of legal mobile gaming – a democratized platform with a level playing field where you play against the house, not professionals.  MKF launched in the Fall of 2018 with a dynamic slate of new daily sports contests for all NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, WNBA, PGA, soccer, and NASCAR events.

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Scout Gaming enters into an agreement with NetEnt

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Scout Gaming has signed a distribution agreement with NetEnt, which will enable NetEnt’s customers access to Scout Gaming’s entire product offering. Scout Gaming is currently being integrated on NetEnt’s platform and will be available to NetEnt’s customers.

NetEnt is one of the leading industry players and has over 200 integrated B2C operators on their platform.

“I am proud that we, as selected Fantasy Sports- and “Player Performance Odds” provider, can sign this agreement with NetEnt, who are expanding its business to also include distribution. It is a pioneering deal and a clear sign of NetEnt’s true innovation ability.

This means that our products reach operators and end consumers in the shortest possible time frame, since most of the integration will already be in place.

NetEnt has a global reach and many of our most prioritized customers can be found within their distribution network,” comments Scout Gaming’s CEO, Andreas Ternström.

“Scout Gaming is a great addition to NetEnt Connect. The type of content they bring to the table is real in line with our ambition to widen the Connect portfolio and adding games that neither NetEnt or Red Tiger provides. We look forward to make Scout Gaming content available to our connected operators.” comments Director of NetEnt Connect, Rob Fell.

The agreement is of strategic importance for Scout Gaming. The agreement improves the opportunities for new business and reduce time from signing to launch.

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