Growing Trend of Fantasy Sports in India

Growing Trend of Fantasy Sports in India

“India could be the next fantasy sports destination” – a big statement by the sports predictors. This is because of the increasing number of sports lovers and fantasy players in India. There is no secret about the obsession of cricket by the Indian audience, which is one of the reasons why every cricket lover wants to part of the game of skills. Hence they adopt fantasy sports for fulfilling their dream of managing their own team.

Not only cricket, in the past few years, there have also seen an enthusiast in other sports as well. People love to watch Indian Super League (ISL) - a national football league in India. The Indian Badminton League and the Pro Kabaddi League. Sports lovers just need a chance to engage themselves in their favorite game. Mostly fantasy sport players are sports fans, who are amateur statisticians and love to keep the track of their favorite players.

So, there is no better option rather than opting for fantasy sports for enhancing your sports skills.

Fantasy games are the online games, in which fantasy players need to create their own virtual team of real players and the score will be awarded on the basis of performance of real players in the match. It is very easy to play this game. One has need to follow the following steps in order to play this fantasy sport-

  1. Sign up on a fantasy website provider.
  2. Create your profile.
  3. Select your favorite sport.
  4. Join the league. You can join public as well as private
  5. Make your own team according to rules
  6. Scores points will be based on the performance of selected players.
  7. Winners will be announced at the end of the game with the highest score

Currently, India has more than 7 million fantasy sports players that include several games like Kabaddi, hockey, cricket and football as well. It is observed that it is increasing at the rate of 30%-50% every year. It is expected that the industry in India is likely to touch 50 million users in the next three years. As the number of internet users is increasing day by day in India, the trend of fantasy sports is also increasing.

Fantasy Cricket has been legalized by the supreme court of India. It is completely the game of skill, not the game of chance. Indian laws are totally in the favor of fantasy sports that is why Indian population likes this game too much. Potential for fantasy sports is on high peak and it is obvious to grow in India. BCCI has also taken an initiative and started a fantasy site for the IPL T20 in 2012.”Cricket is now also popular in the US. The use of the ball, the weather — players discuss it all. Here, everyone is a team manager.”- said by Gaurav Saxena, project head of digital new media at BCCI.

Sports Pundit member @goldenjeeto

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