Real cricket to fantasy cricket: Here's how big is the fantasy sports gaming market in India

Fantasy sports market in India has grown to 16.5 thousand crore rupees in the last two to three years. Furthermore, Dream11 being the proud recipient of IPL 2020 title sponsorship, India is set to witness a progressive transformation of the sports ecosystem from the bottom up.

The buzz of the two leagues has surrounded the Indian sports industry. One is the Indian Premier League(IPL), to be played on 22 yards in UAE and another is fantasy sports, played on the mobile screens of 9 crore users. Dream 11, a fantasy sports platform bagged the title sponsorship of IPL 2020. This shows how big fantasy sports has become in India - so big that Dream11 managed to outbid biggies like TATA and Byju's. With this accolade, fantasy sports is proudly ushering into a new era of business and is set to transform into a household name in the coming years.

The upward trajectory of the fantasy sports segment

Indian online fantasy sports industry has experienced colossal growth in recent years. According to the FIFS-KPMG report, in the year 2016, there were less than ten companies in this segment. Today there are more than 140 companies. The market has grown 9 times, from Rs 1,743 crore to Rs 16,467 crore in the last 4 years. Fantasy sports companies were also the fortunate beneficiaries of over 2.5 thousand crores in revenue while the government made 776 million in tax revenue.

India saw a three fold growth from Rs 920 crore in FY19 to Rs 2470 crore in FY20

Last years, the government earned 776 crores from fantasy sports in the form of taxes

Users are earning more than the FS companies

Fantasy sports play an increasingly important role in connecting fans to their favorite sports. Young sports aficionados are hooked on to this virtual game and are increasing rapidly. The user base of online fantasy sports platforms, including Dream11, has grown from 20 lakh in the year 2016 to 9 crores in the year 2019. With increasing participation, the earnings of the FS players are also growing tremendously. In the last year alone, fantasy sports gamers took home rewards worth 14 thousand crores.

The number of fantasy sports users have grown to 9 crores in 2019 from 20 lakh in 2016

Last years users earned about 14 thousand crores in fantasy sports winnings

Online fantasy sports platforms are also contributing to the overall growth of the Indian economy through sponsorships, in executing advertising campaigns, building IT infrastructure, among others. Moreover, last year about half of the online transactions on fantasy platforms were initiated from Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities, thereby advancing digital payment proficiency and adoption. Needless to say, the fantasy sports business has created an ecosystem that is lucrative to all parties involved.

Growth in employment

Fantasy sports has not only contributed to India’s economy but has also created various employment and career opportunities. In the year 2016-17, employment of about 1500 people was dependent on the segment directly and indirectly. Currently, 3,400 people work in the fantasy sports segment and about 5,100 people are indirectly dependent on the fantasy sports market. Needless to say, the fantasy sports business has created an ecosystem that is lucrative to all parties involved.

Cricket is dominant among other sports

With the introduction of multiple sporting leagues in India, fantasy sports are now widely played across cricket, football, kabaddi, and basketball. Though 77% of the users enjoy playing cricket the most, the number of users in other games is increasing as well.

These users are independent, working professionals with disposable income who view fantasy sports as a means for entertainment as well as a crucial part of their sports experience.

77% of the users play cricket on india fantasy sports platforms

Fantasy Sports has not only increased the interest of users but also spawned a whole sports ecosystem. Prompted by the emergence of technology, digital payments & investments, FS has converted viewers into dedicated sports fans & is contributing to the growth of sports culture in India.

We at Vinfotech, are in constant pursuit of evolving alongside the industry and invent at the boundaries of technology to facilitate a stronger fantasy sports business. Our commitment to providing you a high-quality solution will elevate your users’ game experience whilst increasing your revenue.

Contact us and we will be happy to help you galvanize the opportunity and fulfill your aspiration of becoming a fantasy sports entrepreneur.

  • The user base of fantasy sports platform has grown tremendously. Users have grown from 20 lakh in 2016 to 9 Crores in 2019
  • Last year fantasy sports users won 14 thousand crores, companies earned 2.5 thousand crores, the government also earned 776 crores from GST, tax, and TDS.
  • Fantasy sports market has grown 9 times in the last three years and the fantasy sports platform has employed about 8.5 thousand people.
  • Dream11 the fantasy sports platform, being the title sponsor of the biggest cricket league- IPL, will prompt further growth of sports culture in India.

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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