There are multiple sports fantasy games on the Google Play Store. 
There are multiple sports fantasy games on the Google Play Store. (Photo: Google Play Store)
  • 1. What Are Fantasy Sport Games?
  • 2. How Big is the Indian Fantasy Sports Market?
  • 3. Game of Chance or Skill?
  • 4. Is Participating in Fantasy Sports Gambling?
  • 5. Future of Fantasy Sport Games in India?
Here’s How You Can Make Money By Watching IPL 2019

The IPL (Indian Premier League) season hits the Indian cricket fans like a train when the whole country goes into a state of trance binging on non-stop cricketing action and highlights for almost 2 months.

The craziness doesn’t end there! The introduction of fantasy sports platforms and apps — like Dream 11 — has allowed die-hard cricket lovers and aficionados to be closer to the game where they get to participate and win cash!

I’m sure many of you were taken aback by that last bit, “win cash!”

So, just because these fantasy sports platforms indulge in a bit of give-and-take of cash, does that categorise them as gambling? But, since gambling is illegal in India, how are these apps allowed to operate?

Questions, I have the answers to.

  • 1. What Are Fantasy Sport Games?

    Fantasy sport games are online/offline team building games which involve individuals to draft a team from a particular list of players based on certain conditions and rules. The same players participate in a live sporting event where the users receive points based on each of the player's performance.

    In order for people to win rewards on this platform, users have to pay an entry fee to participate in a competition where the amount is pooled in for distribution among others after deduction of a service/administrative fee by fantasy sports games providers.

    Points are awarded to users based on how their players perform on the field. The person who accumulates maximum points with his selected bunch of players wins the pool.

    One of the best examples of this kind of sport is Fantasy Premier League which is based on the English football league aka Barclay’s Premier League. This is a free-to-play form of service and users from all over the world participate in this game.

    There are multiple sports fantasy games on the Google Play Store. 
    The above is how the interface looks on a football fantasy sports app.
    (Photo: Premier League app screenshot)

    A similar Indian version of this app is Dream 11 which is based on a freemium/paid model. Users can make teams from various sporting activities around the world and earn cash rewards by making maximum points off their respective teams.

    There are multiple sports fantasy games on the Google Play Store. 
    The above is how the interface looks on a cricket fantasy sports app.
    (Photo: Dream 11 app screenshot)
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