In India, cricket is no less than a religion and the Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most celebrated cricketing events in the country. The cricket-frenzy goes to an altogether different level with the fans and cricket lovers supporting their favorite teams and players in all possible ways. The ongoing IPL has their favorite teams clashing with each other to clinch the big title. But close on heels, there are a different kind of IPL teams competing with each other for the big moolah.
Yes, fantasy cricket: a new, fascinating digital genre of games that’s fast catching up the imagination of tech-savvy cricket fans.
What is fantasy cricket? What makes it such a hot favorite among the current crop of online gamers? Let's take a look.
For starters, fantasy cricket is a fantasy sport where you form your virtual teams of real players based on the statistics of their performance in actual games to battle it out against others' teams. The fun part is that fantasy cricket is the digital extension of the real sport, cricket, but the biggest game changer is that people are not spectators alone here - they are actually part of the game on the virtual platform.
As online rummy game, which is an extension of traditional rummy, is a skill-based game where players use their mental skills, memory, understanding of rummy rules, analytical reasoning and decision making, fantasy sports like fantasy cricket are also skill-based games as users/gamers have to choose players for their teams based on their past performances and every statistical data related to the players. They’ll have to keep a close watch on the performance of the real players as their virtual teams’ performance is based on the performances of the real players in real games.
After online games like Indian rummy becoming popular, there seems to be a similar interest picking up for fantasy sports too. According to an estimate, there are about 700 million passive sports viewers in the country. With fantasy cricket, there is a huge opportunity for them to not only enjoy the sport but participate actively in every match that takes place. This premise is going to change the face of the industry in a big way. As a precursor to this growing inclination towards fantasy sports, India already has 20 million followers in the country and is expected to touch 100 million by 2020.
Sports like cricket and football are a passion for many who hold their own opinions about players, matches and teams. Fantasy sports give ample opportunities to such people to express their opinions and win games. Their involvement in the game action creates a greater level of their engagement with the sports. With sports being an imperative part of the current generation’s entertainment options, fantasy sports give ample opportunity to users to be part of the action and exhibit their knowledge about the sport, players and teams.
There is a huge growth potential for fantasy sports in the country. With over 400 million users accessing the internet using their mobiles and the growing number of fantasy sports operators in the country, the days ahead are bright for this genre of games.