Four Reasons Fantasy Games Are Thriving In India
If you’re someone who loves watching sports, we’re sure you wouldn’t mind earning money through it. That’s what Fantasy Gaming is all about! You get to choose real professional players that you like and believe will perform well in the game to set up your fantasy team. You can then select from different cash contests to earn real cash. Add to this the fact that fantasy gaming brings the world’s most popular games like Cricket and Football to your pocket, making it a fun activity for many sports enthusiasts out there!
The Worldwide Fantasy Sports market size in 2019 was $18040 million and it is expected to reach $43370 million by the end of 2026, with a CAGR of 13.2% during 2021-2026, according to a Global “Fantasy Sports Market” 2020 Research Report. Not to forget, a survey on fantasy sports gamers in India revealed that almost 75% of the respondents played fantasy sports one to three times a week. And a significant 20% of the respondents played fantasy games over five times a week. So, what are the main reasons behind fantasy sports becoming all the rage in India? Let’s have a look!
Live Your Dreams
If you’re a sports freak, you probably aspire to have a dream team with your favorite players, playing your favorite sport, or dream of being a coach, a selector, or even a team manager. Fantasy Sports allows you to live all of these dreams with your mobile phone. There are loads of fantasy sports mobile and web apps available in the market that allow you to play your favorite games. Especially, in India, where people worship sports like Cricket and Football, the fact that Fantasy Sports lets them play these popular games in a few simple steps, has led to a major surge in its popularity.
Take, for example, MPL (Mobile Premier League), a mobile gaming and e-sports platform in India, that offers games like ‘Fantasy Cricket’ and ‘Fantasy Football’. To play MPL fantasy cricket, you’ll have to download the MPL app first. Android users can download the app via Google Play Store and iOs users can install the MPL app on the Apple app store. Alternatively, you can also enter your number on the MPL website after which you’ll receive an SMS with the MPL app download link. Once downloaded, open the MPL app, choose from a range of matches (ODIs, Tests and T20Is), register your team and start playing! MPL offers both cash contests and free contests for practice. Pick a contest that suits your budget and play Fantasy Cricket to earn real cash. You’d have to follow the match for updates and keep track of how the players in your team are performing. Similarly, MPL gives you a platform to build your football dynasty by picking up players from Premier League, La Liga, Europa League, and UEFA Champions League among others. To play MPL Fantasy Football, select the match you want to register for, create your team, choose the players carefully, pick the captain & vice-captain, and you’re done. You can now enter the contest of your choice and start playing!
While Fantasy Cricket and Fantasy Football are top favorites for a majority of Indian players, there’s a wide array of fantasy games available online for players to choose from. This has attracted people towards Fantasy Sports in India as it offers something for everyone. Fantasy games available online range from basketball, and badminton to Formula 1, golf, etc.
So, given your specialty and preference, you can pick and choose from the games you’d like to play.
This is especially great since India has a diverse set of players where different people are looking to play different games. So, the fact that Fantasy sports come with an array of games online allows people to not only enjoy their favorite games but also, explore other sports that they’d like!
Source Of Entertainment And Social Bonding
The best thing about Fantasy Sports is that it allows people to entertain themselves with their favorite games. As we’re tied up in the daily huss and buss of life, Fantasy Gaming provides the much-needed escape to keep our minds from tiring too much. It’s equally great for the weekends where you can spend your leisure time watching games and keeping tabs on how your team is performing.
Apart from being a great entertainment source, it’s also great for those looking to create a social bond with people who have similar interests as them. Many online gaming platforms allow users to socialize with others, which in turn, instills a community feeling.
Use Right Skills And Earn Cash
The fantasy sports industry in India is already worth INR 43.8 billion and is said to reach INR 118.8 billion by FY23 with a growth rate of CAGR 22.1%, as per a report by KPMG India Private Limited (KPMG). Another major reason why Fantasy Gaming is a booming industry in India is that it lets you earn cash while also allowing you to practice your gaming skills and strategies to win against other human players (not a computer!).
Not only does having a fantasy team and winning a game instill a feeling of pride and empowerment but it also lets you win money! And who would mind it if playing their favorite fantasy sports game is also helping them make some money? Also, online fantasy sports is completely legal in India and is hosted by verified mobile and web apps. They just have to improve their gaming skills, chalk out the right strategies, and focus on winning the game.
Summing it up, Fantasy Sports has brought about a paradigm shift in the Indian gaming industry. Fantasy Sports offer a fun and interactive medium for players to practice their skills, live their dreams of playing popular games with their favorite players, socialize, and also earn money. This has led to it being a major hit in India!