The Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS), India’s first & only self-regulatory industry body for Fantasy Sports (FS) today, announced the winners of India’s first Fantasy Sports Awards at its Annual Conference – GamePlan 2020, hosted virtually this year. Recognizing the outstanding work done in the Fantasy Sports industry, FIFS announced 4 winners across 4 categories. Fancy11 won the ‘Best Debutant’ award, Faboom was felicitated with the ‘Best Product Innovation’ award, MyTeam11 received the ‘Best Marketing Award’ and Dream11 was recognised with the esteemed ‘Excellence Award’. The winners were shortlisted by an eminent jury consisting of Amrit Mathur, Strategic Advisor, FIFS, Joy Bhattacharjya, CEO, Professional Volleyball League and Nandan Kamath, Managing Trustee, GoSports Foundation & Principal Lawyer at LawNK.
Themed as Good for Sports, Good for India, GamePlan 2020 was graced by Shri. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, as the keynote speaker. In his address, he spoke about the immense potential of the Indian Fantasy Sports industry. The annual report industry report on Indian Fantasy Sports was launched at the event by FIFS in collaboration with KPMG, ‘Business of Fantasy Sports’. The event witnessed two highly engaging panel discussions on “Fantasy Sports Fuels Sports Growth” & “Rapid Growth of the Fantasy Sports Ecosystem”. Some of the key speakers at the event included Nari Gopala – Worldwide Technical Leader – Games, AWS, Harsh Jain – Co-Founder & CEO, Dream11 & Dream Sports, Sanjit Sihag – Co-Founder & COO, MyTeam11, Dhiraj Malhotra – CEO, Delhi Capitals, Peter Schoenke – Co-Founder & President, Rotowire and José Antonio Cachaza Pereiro – MD, LaLiga India. The event was attended live by over 1500 delegates.
In his speech, during GamePlan 2020, Shri. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, said, “I have very keenly followed the growth of the fantasy sports industry as a supporter of technology and good governance. I am a long term believer that India must become a Global Champion of the Fantasy Sports industry. Due to the looming COVID-19 threat, in the foreseeable future, digital fan engagement will be at the forefront as most of the mainstream sports are being held today in closed-door stadiums, without an audience. Online fan engagement platforms like Fantasy Sports will take centre stage in such situations. I am sure we will witness new and innovative ways of engaging with sports fans in the online space in the next few months.”
Talking about GamePlan 2020, John Loffhagen, Chairman, FIFS, said, “The 3rd edition of FIFS GamePlan, witnessed some of our firsts. We went virtual for the first time and launched India’s first Fantasy Sports Awards. At GamePlan 2020, we deep-dived into the economic impact of Indian Fantasy Sports via employment creation, paying taxes, creating newer micro-economies around itself, and much more. We also discussed the growing need for FS platform to evaluate avenues including analytics, content, digital, transactions, and other imperatives in order to further improve and sustain the user engagement on all the platforms. FIFS is proud of the innovation & passion demonstrated by the Indian Fantasy Sports operators. I want to congratulate all the winners who have done exceptional work in the industry.”
GamePlan 2020 has garnered attention and support from some of the best brands in the industry. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the ‘Title Sponsor’. FSS and Dream11 have joined as the Gold Sponsors; MyTeam11 is the Silver Sponsor and SBI General, TransUnion are the Bronze Sponsors.
Categories and Winners in the Indian OFS industry 2020:
- Best Debutant: Fancy11
- Best Product Innovation: Faboom
- Best Marketing Award: MyTeam11
- Excellence Award: Dream11
About Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS):
Formed in 2017, the Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS), India’s first and only Fantasy Sports self-regulatory industry body which was established to protect consumer interest and create standardized best practices in the Fantasy Sports industry. FIFS aims to create a thriving ecosystem for fantasy sports users and operators by creating guidelines for a common set of practices, setting standards of operation and creating a regulatory framework to protect the fantasy sports user and operator interests. FIFS works with key industry stakeholders and liaisons with the policymakers to create a robust governance structure to support the sustained growth of the industry. FIFS currently has 32 members. The members comprise of Fantasy Sports companies and relevant ancillary stakeholders.