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2016 Rookie of the Year

Bringing Daily Fantasy Sports to Europe

Stryking Entertainment GmbH

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
The innovative platform  offers a thrilling and diversified gaming experience on web and mobile to soccer fans in Europe. Through the new fantasy sports platform, users compete against each other in numerous challenges while proving their expertise and instincts to everybody else. With its outstanding meta-game the Daily Fantasy platform entertains user in the long run. No matter if users loose or win a challenge, they will earn experience and level up in the leveling system. Additionally, they can also unlock cool achievements which they can gather and which provide cool features like new user titles, additional profile pictures or in-game currency.

The unique free-to-play monetization makes Football-Stars a rising star in the Daily Fantasy universe. By fulfilling different activities like winning the daily free challenge, inviting friends or unlocking achievements players can receive the in-game currency “Coins”. With this currency they can participate in paid challenges where they can not only win more Coins but also receive the second in-game currency “Stars”. This valuable currency can be exchanged for real-life fan merchandise and other attractive gadgets through the in-game shop. The free-to-play setup gives Football-Stars a great USP which allows a worldwide roll-out without legal restrictions.

WHAT MAKES THIS PRODUCT WORTHY OF WINNING
Started to entertain European soccer fans with a season-long soccer manager game Stryking Entertainment moved Football-Stars.com from a pure manager game to a unique Fantasy Sports game which offers season-long and Daily Fantasy gameplay in one platform. For the start of the new season Football-Stars not only published its own apps but also integrated all 5 top European soccer leagues and the Champions League.

PRODUCT URL
https://www.football-stars.com


Alphastreak Land Based Daily Fantasy Sports Kiosk

Alphastreak

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Alphastreak is proud to introduce the first true Daily Fantasy Sports kiosk for global land-based usage.  The kiosk allows customers to play Fantasy contests against other kiosk participants as well as online participants on the Alphastreak Player Network.

The kiosk may be placed in a variety of minor-controlled establishments such as European-style sports shops, North American sports bars and within Casinos, Sportsbooks and Horse Racing OTB locations.

The kiosk offers the same great variety of contest types that the Alphastreak Player Network offers online:

  • Salary Cap
  • Fantasy point spread
  • Fantasy Lotto
  • Easy Pick

New contest types will be added soon including in-game Fantasy and Bad Beat Fantasy!

The touchscreen kiosk is simple to use. Participants simply insert cash and use the touchscreen to select League, Contest Type, Entry fee amount and individual contest. The customer can enter a lineup within seconds and the kiosk prints a barcoded receipt of the contest details and player selections. After contest completion, customers may scan their completed entries at the kiosk or at the cashier unit (at the bar or cash cage) to see how much they won and to play again or take the winnings in cash.

A comprehensive back-end provides the location with all of the tools and reports they need to manage the kiosk, while the Alphastreak team manages the contest offering and software maintenance.

Alphastreak believes the time is NOW for the Fantasy Sports industry to break out of the one-contest, North American online website mold and to further expand in global markets with a variety of platforms and contest types.  The Alphastreak DFS kiosk is a prime example of this philosophy taking Fantasy Sports to the next level!

WHAT MAKES THIS PRODUCT WORTHY OF WINNING
The DFS kiosk is a giant step forward into the land-based fantasy sports market. For several years, land-based establishments like Casinos and sports bars have been looking for an exciting way to capitalize on the popularity of fantasy sports but have not had access to a suitable product. Patrons of sports bars are used to playing VLT kiosks, Keno kiosks, and even lottery corporation sports products depending on the jurisdiction. Casino-goers play a variety of skill-based and luck-based games and Europeans are well accustomed to utilizing kiosk platforms on their daily or weekly trips to the neighbourhood sports shop.

The Daily Fantasy Sports kiosk fills a giant need for all of these venues while solving the problem of player liquidity by tying into the Alphastreak Player Network. The new Fantasy Lotto and EasyPick contests provide a low learning curve for newbies while reducing the time a customer takes to fill a lineup.

It seems like sports-centric locations have for years been toying with clunky tabletop units

PRODUCT URL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrbk3an_jG4&feature=youtu.be


FNTSY Sports Radio Network

FNTSY Sports Radio Network

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
The FNTSY Sports Radio Network is the one free 24/7 radio network dedicated to fantasy sports.

We feature 10+ hours of LIVE programming each day, featuring personalities from around the fantasy world. We also stream some of the best content in the industry, in an effort to help promote and highlight the top-level work being done by some great fantasy minds.

Tune in any time from anywhere, and do it for free. We're here to help you win.

WHAT MAKES THIS PRODUCT WORTHY OF WINNING
We’re giving the fantasy player an easily accessible, free, 24/7 fantasy sports feed with no strings attached

PRODUCT URL
fntsy.com/radio


FANTASY LIFE APPAREL

Fantasy Karma LLC

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Soft, fashionable apparel for fantasy players, by fantasy players. Working in exclusive partnership with the NFLPA for the category of fantasy, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and more have been created using players names, likeness along with phrases and imagery that are specific to fantasy sports.

WHAT MAKES THIS PRODUCT WORTHY OF WINNING
For the first time, apparel has been created by fantasy players FOR fantasy players, with professional designs, slogans, actual thought, creativity and in partnership with the NFLPA. Since being introduced from the stage with throwing t-shirts into the crowd, Fantasy Life Apparel has gotten terrific distribution with major retailers like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Lids (and more on the way) along with many of the best sites in fantasy sports, with custom URL’s. Please see below. Authentic and well made fantasy sports apparel is finally here to help an under served audience proudly display their passion. Fantasy Life has also allowed smaller sites to offer a full complement of apparel and accessories to their customers with a simple, turnkey solution that requires no investment or inventory.

PRODUCT URL
https://www.500level.com/collections/fantasy-life-fantasy-life
https://www.lids.com/search/fantasy
https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=fantasy&origkw=fantasy&sr=1

Just a few of the “affiliate” sites examples (all powered by FantasyLife)

https://www.fantasyalarmshop.com/
https://www.rotowireshop.com/
https://www.dailyrotoshop.com/
https://www.rtsportsshop.com/


FanDuel Friends Mode

FanDuel

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Launched just in time for the 2016-2017 NFL season, FanDuel launched Friends Mode – a new season-long fantasy product. On Friends Mode, users can join at any time throughout the season, enter contests on a week-to-week basis (if they want) and can be rewarded every week, instead of once at the end of the season.

All FanDuel users have a Friends tab in the FanDuel lobby on desktop and mobile. Within this mode, users can create and join leagues with their friends and family. Features include:

  • Easy Commissioner Tools: On Friends Mode, it is easier than ever to be commissioner. Commissioners start a league by giving it a name and picture, creating one contest upfront by setting the parameters (entry fee and contests size) and inviting friends and family to join with an invite link. Once the league is created, a weekly contest is auto-created for that private group. The commissioner also has the option to edit contest size, entry amount and payout structure any given week.
  • Flexibility: Users can join a league at any time throughout the season and enter contests on a week-to-week basis, choosing the weeks they want to participate.
  • Weekly Prizes: Every week is an opportunity to win. On Friends Mode, winners are rewarded each week, instead of once at the end of the season.
  • League Leaderboard: Like season-long fantasy, each league will feature a leaderboard to track standings all season, showing the top five scores throughout the season.

WHAT MAKES THIS PRODUCT WORTHY OF WINNING
Friends Mode is the first product of its kind, bringing the best of season-long fantasy to the daily format, giving users the ability to play against friends and family every week of the NFL season, choosing the weeks they want to play. The product has beat FanDuel’s expectations.

PRODUCT URL
www.fanduel.com/friends