Fantasy Sports is spreading its presence all across the globe. However, the US is still a major market with more than 52.5 million players participation yearly. Out of the many ways in which fantasy sports is used across the world, the most common category is the fantasy sports market. It is a lucrative option for any start-up looking to venture into the sports industry as they might have new ideas relating to features for fantasy sports platforms.
Apart from the general gameplay features like lobby, drafting, live scoring, leaderboard, player cards etc, there are certain functionalities and features for a fantasy sports platform to have when it goes live to the World Wide Web.
We have created a small list of some must-have features which could act like your USP or differentiator in the market.
- Ability to Socialize
The biggest dilemma of the industry is that users in fantasy contests play against each other. Hence, most of the platforms do not give them an opportunity to socialize or interact with each other. Other than this, the factor of showcasing a player’s achievements on social media is missing. The sense of achievement and accomplishment intrigues users to play fantasy sports. It also helps them prove that they have a good knowledge of the real game. Therefore, it is worth spending resources on building a social world inside a fantasy platform and connecting it with the outside social media.
- Intelligent Backend/admins
When we say intelligent, we mean it! We are talking about backend platforms that guide the owners of the platforms to make an informed decision. A backend that has the ability to not only present but analyze the data and gives recommendations to the admin. For example, think of an admin panel which gives your daily notification of type of games users are interested in playing in. With such data, you can create more such games to fill your lobby.
- Private Groups Games
Gone are the days when users had to play against other unknown users. Players should be allowed to choose their groups and play within such chosen teams. It makes complete sense to allow a user to create his own private groups and invite them to play fantasy sports. These groups can include friends, family or office colleagues.
- For fantasy operators, features like these help them acquire new user base without any extra efforts or marketing spend. After all, it’s always a big plus to have users that invite others to come on the platform and compete.
- Contests for all(Beginners, Intermediates, Experts)
Take it as a mandate in the new Fantasy sports 2.0 jurisdictional environment. It makes complete sense to identify and categorize amateur, mid-level and Pro users on a fantasy sports software. After categorization, dedicated games can be created for them to play. This ensures that a fair game is played while confirming games between users with a similar skill set.
- Achievement Badges
Achievement badge is a feature that ensures user retainment on your fantasy sports platform. Users are most likely to return on platforms where they have a badge assigned to their profile. Furthermore, this can be taken one step ahead with the ability to share achievement badge on social media. This idea solves two purposes, the first of which is Ego boosting of your existing user who received the badge. And secondly, attract new users (friends and followers of the user) to register and thus, play on your platforms.
- Live game feeds
What more can a sports fan ask for if he can switch from fantasy mode to the real mode on the same fantasy sports platform? Reviewing your virtual team’s performance and going through the live feeds of the real match-up is a great feature to have.
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