Draftster Looking To Compete With FanDuel and DraftKings in 2015
With 2014 almost behind us it is well worth looking back at some of the trendsetters in the gaming world. One of the most interesting sectors for 2014 was without a doubt the fantasy sports betting markets which have exploded. The likes of FanDuel and DraftKings have made real money daily fantasy sports leagues all the rage. With online gambling in the U.S. still being limited to only three states there are millions of Americans who are looking to gamble for real money in a legal framework.
Fantasy sports betting has taken advantage of the legal loopholes in the U.S. legal system as they fall under games of skill and not chance which makes them legal. The potential market for punters who play fantasy sports is massive with conservative estimates ranging from over 40 million players in the U.S. and Canada.
While we have reported in detail on the progress of the major daily real money fantasy operations like DraftKings and Fanduel, there is no shortage of new and aggressive players on the market who are looking to get in on the action.
One such company to lookout for in 2015 is the California-based Draftster. In a recent interview with Gambling911.com, Draftster answered questions regarding their upcoming plans. According to product Manager Michael Santore, Draftster is similar to other fantasy sites in the market but stand out with their user-interface which allows you to import or copy your lineup to various contests with the ability yon make last minute changes to your lineup.
Entry to the competitions are free and real cash prizes are offered. While Draftster has a long way to reach the hundreds of millions of dollars handed out by FanDuel and DraftKings in prizes, they could well be planning to partner up or even be acquired by one of these giants.
Their platform would make the ideal partner for the likes of ESPN or Yahoo who are rumored to be looking to enter the daily fantasy sports market niche. Santore went on to say that Draftster are open to all potential partnerships and opportunities which makes you ask the questions if this is their real intention for 2015. It was only a few weeks ago that we covered a similar story with Swoopt being acquired by theScore.