Fantasy Sports platform Dream11 targets 100 million users by 2020; claims its legal in India


Dream11, the preferred fantasy sports activities platform in India, is now gunning for 100 million customers. The startup signed a take care of IPL as its official gaming associate forward of this yr’s season and claims to have a person base of round 65 million. With Esports gaining reputation and cricket season turning into an never-ending affair, the fantasy platform goals to have 100 million customers by March 2020. Regardless of fantasy sports activities being seen as playing and therefore not allowed in some states, the corporate co-founded by Bhavit Sheth and Harsh Jain see promising future.

Dream11’s success throughout IPL 2019 has helped the platform develop into the official fantasy sport associate for T20 Mumbai as nicely. The corporate introduced a four-year partnership with Mumbai Cricket Affiliation’s (MCA) T20 Mumbai this week. Now, in an interview with Outlook Journal, the co-founders of the fantasy sports activities platform clarify how the service was designed and the way it goals to steer it clear from the playing/sports activities betting narrative. Bhavit Sheth says that EPL was the set off for creating Dream11 and when IPL got here round, they wished to play fantasy cricket as nicely.

Sheth says that since there was no current platform for fantasy cricket within the nation at the moment, he determined to construct one with Harsh Jain. The Dream11 app works by deciding on a complete of 11 gamers from a pool of 30-odd gamers, who you suppose would carry out the perfect. Every gamers is supplied with sure credit and Dream11 gamers are allowed to pick a crew inside 100 credit solely. It presents two forms of contests – the primary is a free-to-play sport whereas the second is dubbed as pay-to-play.

Within the pay-to-play context, Dream11 contestant has to pay Rs 44 to play and the full prize pool is ready at Rs 10 crore. Sheth informed the journal that round 34 lakh individuals be part of the competition and the winner will get Rs 30 lakh, whereas the remainder will get distributed accordingly. “In larger contests, the winner takes all, but we try to distribute it among at least 50 per cent of the contestants. Currently, 85 percent users opt for free-to-play,” Bhavit Sheth informed the publication.

The founders say that it’s a crew of 220 individuals figuring out of a single workplace in Mumbai however doesn’t share monetary figures. In response to Crunchbase, Dream11 is a late stage enterprise startup, which raised $100 million throughout Collection D in September final yr. Its newest funding was raised on April 9, 2019 from a secondary market spherical and its whole direct funding stands at $100 million. Nevertheless, it does see huge alternative in a cricket-crazy nation like ours.

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Harsh Jain provides that there are 850 million cricket followers within the nation and greater than 400 million of them observe the sport on-line. With 65 million registered customers, it sees having reached solely a tiny portion and goals to develop to 100 million by finish of present monetary yr. The founders additionally notice that individuals normally lose solely Rs 44 however it’s not betting or playing and name their product a authorized enterprise mannequin.

“This is not betting or gambling, but a game of skill. In 2017, when a lawyer filed a case against Dream11, saying it should be shut down, the Punjab and Haryana HC ruled that it’s not betting and gambling, but a game of skill and a business protected under the Constitution of India. Then the lawyer appealed to the SC, but the petition was dismissed,” Bhavit Sheth mentioned.


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