Q&A - Fantasy Sports on Mobile Platform & Payment Gateways

Quick set of questions that our clients ask when they come to us for their fantasy sports projects.

Vinfotech came across some very interesting and decisive questions that were shot at us during our sales process. We loved to answer them and thought of sharing with the fantasy sports world.

1) Are fantasy games too complicated for a mobile ONLY/mobile FIRST approach?

Fantasy games are really not that complicated on mobile. The platform any application is offered on depends directly on the users. Fantasy Sports is an American offering and most PAID users in US are now in the 50+ age group. This age group is not too comfortable with mobile applications. Even today 80% plus market is dominated by Season Long Fantasy Games which ARE played by this segment of users. If you look at the core user base for Daily Fantasy, you will find most users in the range of 20 to 40. This segment is very comfortable with mobile apps and prefer mobile ONLY in most cases. For us the core market would be Young Indian’s in the range of 20 to 40 who are comfortable with mobile apps. We can have a Mobile first approach in INDIA.

2) Would there be problems with the G Play and iOS Store guys? I came across articles saying that FanDuel (FD) and Draftkings (DKs) introduced real money into their apps only a couple of seasons back. Till then they had virtual money driven system (virtual money that could be purchased). So how much of a risk would stores banning/crippling us be?

Real Money and mobile apps do have a history. For Android, on Google Play there are NO issues, but for iPhone’s, Apple App store considers ALL payment transactions (Deposits and Withdrawals) as IN-APP Purchases and demands a 30% stake in them. This is way too high for fantasy site owners to make ANY profit whatsoever. This is the main reason why the likes of FD’s and DK’s DID not offer real money on iOS devices. But this issue has also been overcome now. To make any payment from an iOS device, the apps now open up a browser and re-direct the users on to it. This is NOT considered as IN-APP purchase, hence no apple commission.

3) I don't have access to the FD and DKs apps from India. The screenshots I have seen seem complicated :). I know both these guys are plugging their apps heavily on TV in the US ATM.

US laws prohibit anyone from outside US and Canada to access US based Fantasy Sites or apps. All US based fantasy apps have location tracker in them, hence CANNOT be accessed from India. I have used FD app myself and I find it pretty straight forward and NOT too complicated.

4) Would you have access to any industry data which shows app/app only access data from FD and DKs?

Based on latest FSTA stats almost a 3rd of all DFS users prefer mobile now and this number will keep growing as more and more operators are entering into mobile market.

5) About Money to/from Players - Can we incorporate some of the largest eWallet guys in India - like PayTM, MobiQuick etc?

I guess you guys already have a connection with PayUMoney. We can easily incorporate all major ewallet’s in India in our offering. We do recommend PayUMoney, but PayTM can be used easily as well.

Vinfotech has extensive experience in developing & designing a fantasy sports platform & when it comes to the mobile version of it "sky is the limit". With our UX Expertise & Web Skills you can be rest assured to get a great fantasy sports mobile app which would be loved by your users.

About Vinfotech

Vinfotech creates world’s best fantasy sports-based entertainment, marketing and rewards platforms for fantasy sports startups, sports leagues, casinos and media companies. We promise initial set of real engaged users to put turbo in your fantasy platform growth. Our award winning software vFantasy™ allows us to build stellar rewards platform faster and better. Our customers include Zee Digital, Picklive and Arabian Gulf League.

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