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ASX’s Next Generation Fantasy Rugby platform reveals its Team of the Tournament for the Six Nations

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Leading virtual sports exchange unpacks the real winners and losers at the Six Nations; revealing exceptional Antoine Dupont was not even the best scrumhalf in the tournament


You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, but ASX Sports’ Fantasy Rugby results certainly sharpen any analysis and shine a light on the real stars of the Six Nations, pricking a few “bubble” reputations along the way.

Antoine Dupont has again earned himself plaudits left, right and centre for his exceptional performances throughout France’s Grand Slam Six Nations campaign, captaining Les Blues to their first title since 2010 – and it’s certainly hard to argue with any of the praise heaped on the 25-year-old wonder.

Since the competition’s final round, Dupont has been named one of three players – alongside Gregory Alldritt and Josh van der Flier – contending for the official title of the Six Nations Player of the Championship and while it would take a brave man to bet against Le Ministre de L’Interieur taking home the gong for a second time following his triumph in 2020, it’s worth noting that at least from a statistical point of view, Dupont wasn’t the best performing scrumhalf in the competition, let alone the best player.

With the Six Nations coming to an end over the weekend, so too has the inaugural competition of ASX Sports’ Fantasy Rugby. From Round 1, powered by data from Rugby Analytics. Users have been able to invest in the players they think will produce the most dividends (or points) in any given match and, while there were always going to be a few obvious standouts throughout the five rounds of action, some of the top performers may come as a surprise to even the most astute of investors.

Six Nations ASX Sports Fantasy Rugby Team of the Tournament:

  1. Cyril Baille (France) – $68
    2. Dan Sheehan (Ireland) – $63
    3. Kyle Sinkler (England) – $45
    4. Tadgh Beirne (Ireland) – $44
    5. Maro Itoje (England) – $46
    6. Anthony Jelonch (France) – $93
    7. Michele Lamaro (Italy) – $73
    8. Toa Halafihi (Italy) – $72
    9. Jamison Gibson-Park (Ireland) – $112
    10. Marcus Smith (England) – $143
    11. Gabin Villiere (France) – $110
    12. Jonathan Danty (France) – $54
    13. Gael Fickou (France) – $82
    14. Damian Penaud (France) – $94
    15. Stuart Hogg (Scotland) – $63

Five of the six competing nations are represented in the ASX Sport Fantasy Rugby Six Nations Team of the Tournament with the title-winners boasting five inclusions in the chosen XV – which is based entirely on dividends earned throughout the competition.

In the front row, France’s Cyril Baille and England’s Kyle Sinkler have earned the coveted propping spots alongside Irish hooker Dan Sheehan while Italy’s loosehead Danilo Fischetti narrowly misses out.

Tadhg Beirne and Maro Itoje have claimed top honours in the second row but it’s an all-continental affair in the loosies with Anthony Jelonch the top-performing No 6 and the Italian duo of Michele Lamaro and Toa Halafihi rounding out the forwards.

Despite Dupont’s heroics throughout the tournament, he has narrowly missed out to Ireland’s Jamison Gibson-Park as the top scrumhalf of the competition. Gibson-Park’s $112 worth of dividends earned over his five matches in the No 9 jersey placed him as the second-best performing player overall while Dupont ($98) and Scotland’s Ali Price ($85) both found themselves in the top 10 players overall.

The top performer throughout the competition has also unsurprisingly landed himself a spot in the Team of the Tournament in the No 10 jersey: England’s Marcus Smith. Smith raked in a mammoth $143 worth of dividends putting him well clear of the second-place Gibson-Park. With England scoring just eight tries in their five games, the boot of Smith was a crucial points-earner for Eddie Jones’ men – and that’s reflected in his massive takings for the competition.

Surprisingly, the second-top flyhalf, Johnny Sexton, managed a relatively meagre $64, making him the 20th-best points-earner overall.

There were plenty of strong performers in the midfield this year but it’s the French pairing of Jonathan Danty and Gael Fickou who excelled. While inside centres struggled to record points (Danty’s $54 fell well short of the top 20 performers), there was huge competition at No 13 with Fickou narrowly pipping Owen Watkin and Garry Ringrose, while Josh Adams’ appearance at outside centre against Ireland also made him eligible for the Team of the Tournament in that position.

Unsurprisingly, the outside backs were the best-performing group thanks to their penchant for accumulating line breaks, beaten defenders and tries. Gabin Villiere’s always impressive showings earned him the left wing spot as well as the third-best player overall while it’s his French teammate Damian Penaud who has claimed the right wing, and fifth place overall. At fullback, Scotland captain Stuart Hogg has taken out the honours.

Despite Wales’ not managing any spots in the XV, they can at least take solace in the fact that Watkin and Adams managed appearances in the top 20 players but it shouldn’t come as a shock that it’s the champion French who boast the most players in that group, thanks to their six men in the Team of the Tournament coupled with Gregory Alldritt narrowly missing out to Halafihi at number 8.

While the Six Nations may be over for another year, there are plenty of competitions to keep savvy investors interested in the weeks and months ahead. The ASX Sports Super Rugby Pacific fantasy competition is well and truly up and running for those with an interest in the Southern Hemisphere while there will be more opportunities to look forward to as the year progresses.

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GameOn Live Fantasy Set to Launch for Euro 2024, Powered by the $GAME Token

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Fantasy sports gaming company GameOn has announced that its fantasy app, GameOn Live Fantasy, is set to launch ahead of the start of the UEFA European Football Championship 2024 (Euro 2024) on 14 June. This marks a significant milestone in bringing fans closer to their favourite athletes, teams, and leagues through immersive fantasy sports experiences.

GameOn Live Fantasy will initially launch in beta format. The beta period will be used to gather community feedback and refine the product before the full launch. A massive prize pool worth over $200,000 will be up for grabs, including $GAME tokens, VIP experiences, signed merchandise and game tickets.

GameOn Live Fantasy is powered by the $GAME token, which recently launched on KuCoin, Gate and MEXC in collaboration with Sportsology.

Post-beta, GameOn Live Fantasy is scheduled to fully launch for the upcoming LALIGA season in August. This will include player avatar packs that are scheduled for July, allowing fans to own, trade and play with digital representations of their favourite athletes. Player avatars not only enhance the gaming experience but also boost points during matches, with higher rarities providing better rewards. Fans will also use $GAME to buy player avatar packs, power up their players, redeem exclusive rewards and vote on new products and features.

“GameOn Live Fantasy will change the way we play, headlined by true asset ownership, unified rewards, and interoperability between leagues. Powered by $GAME, GameOn is built on web3 in a context fans are familiar with. We’re leveling up fantasy sports while onboarding the masses to blockchain,” Matt Bailey, CEO at GameOn, said.

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Jade Group Expands its Presence Across Asia as Jade Fantasy Cricket Hits Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka’s cricket fervor has reached new heights with the launch of Jade Fantasy Cricket, an innovative platform that promises cricket enthusiasts an exhilarating experience like never before. Breaking barriers and setting new standards, Jade Fantasy Cricket brings the thrill of the game to the fingertips of millions across the island nation.

Gone are the days of merely cheering from the stands or living vicariously through televised matches. Now, ardent fans can immerse themselves in the world of cricket like never before, thanks to the revolutionary Jade Fantasy Cricket platform.

With just a few clicks on the website or the user-friendly Jade Fantasy Android Application, cricket aficionados can now craft their dream teams, strategize their plays, and compete against fellow enthusiasts for exciting cash prizes. It’s a game-changer for those who eat, sleep and breathe cricket.

“Jade Fantasy Cricket is not just another gaming platform; it’s a celebration of the sport that unites us all. We wanted to bring the thrill of cricket closer to home, allowing fans to engage with the game in ways they never thought possible,” Mr. Joe Pisano, CEO of Jade Group, said.

What sets Jade Fantasy Cricket apart is its commitment to user security and responsible gaming. The platform boasts robust KYC verification and authentication processes, ensuring the safety and security of every user.

Moreover, to prevent overindulgence and promote responsible gaming, Jade Fantasy Cricket offers advanced features like user limits, empowering users to enjoy the game responsibly.

But the excitement doesn’t stop there. Jade Fantasy Cricket offers more than just cash prizes. Daily bonuses, free practice games and the opportunity to bring fantasy dream teams to life await participants at every turn. It’s not just a game; it’s an experience designed to delight and inspire.

“We believe in fostering a community where cricket enthusiasts can come together, showcase their skills, and revel in the joy of the game. Our platform is more than just a means to win prizes; it’s a testament to the passion and spirit of cricket,” Mr. Pisano remarked.

As Jade Fantasy Cricket takes Sri Lanka by storm, it’s clear that the love for the sport knows no bounds. With an unparalleled gaming experience and the promise of unforgettable moments, Jade Fantasy Cricket is poised to become the ultimate destination for cricket enthusiasts nationwide.

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Fantasy becomes reality for bet365 and Scout Gaming

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bet365 has launched an exclusive new fantasy football game in partnership with Scout Gaming Group ahead of the 2023/24 Premier League season.

The free-to-play game is live now, with plenty of time for all new and eligible bet365 customers to register and select their squads. Managers are able to select their teams at any time, and continue to make changes right up until the first game of the Premier League season, when Burnley host Manchester City on Friday, August 11th.

The bet365 Fantasy Game boasts a huge prize pool for those leading managers who are still challenging at the top of the leaderboard come the end of the season. A staggering £500,000 is available for the top 10,000 ranking users, with the outright winner guaranteed the £50,000 top prize.

This is further enhanced with the addition of an extra £65,000 in monthly prizes for the top 1,000 ranking managers each month.

Within days of the game launching over 20,000 individual managers had already registered and selected their provisional teams. Both bet365 and SGG are thrilled by the early uptake, and expect many thousands more to have their squads assembled by the first Premier League game on August 11th

The game includes many unique features, which have been developed collaboratively by Scout Gaming Group and its partners. Fantasy football plays an integral role in every match day for players around the world, and by enhancing the player experience on bet365, both brands are bidding to increase engagement and enjoyment of the product.

A bet365 spokesperson said:

“The partnership with SGG has provided bet365 with an excellent, multi-country fantasy product, and we’re delighted to deliver a season-long fantasy football game to our customers.

“We’re excited to see how the season develops and which managers can land the monthly and outright cash prizes.”

Araz Heydariyehzadeh, Chief Commercial Officer at Scout Gaming Group said:

“We’re incredibly proud to have collaborated with bet365 on a game of this magnitude and quality. The support from numerous teams at bet365 has been outstanding throughout and continues to grow.

“Free-to-play games can be highly effective as part of a structured conversion strategy, and with Fantasy games proven ability to retain users and drive extra yields from sportsbook customers, we are very excited about the potential outcome and performance of the project.”

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