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Football Trader App: Fantasy Football meets Wall Street

 

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Last month on FantasyYIRMA we announced the new Fantasy Football game from www.footballtraderapp.com. Football Trader is a new Fantasy Stock Market Game based on the English Premier League. The game has been running for 5 weeks and has 500 users from over 20 countries.

The creators of the game @realtime_sports  have just launched a new version of the game today, based on user feedback. The new version of the game is made for the web and is also now a Facebook App. We spoke to the Co-Founder, Sohail Godall, to find out more about the new version!

The creator of the game @realtime_sports had this to say about Football Trader:

FantasyYirma: So remind us again for those who don’t know what Football Trader is about.

Sohail: Sure, Football Trader is basically a new type of Fantasy Football game where you Buy & Sell shares in players on a live stock market. Unlike most fantasy football games, this is played in Real-time, meaning the price of players is changing constantly based on users trading on the market and also player performances. Every user starts with £100M budget and the goal of the game is to Grow the Value of your Players, and therefore your Team, as much as you can. You also get Match Dividend Bonus’s awarded right after matches, based on how players performed, which are sort of like how you would get Fantasy Points, but in cash!

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FantasyYirma: So tell us a little about the Beta so far…

We made the first version mobile-first. We have had some great success, 500 users from over 20 countries so far in 5 weeks. However, we realised that the performance of the game on mobile was not great, it struggled on some browsers and 3G networks. Also, we were restricted on what changes we could make to the game. For this reason, we have just built a new Facebook web-version of the game which works much faster and cleaner! We still plan to make our mobile app’s for the new season as we see this as a mobile game.

FantasyYirma: Sounds good! And what new features can users expect from your new version of the game?

Well, the main bit is that it’s made for Facebook so it’s a lot more Social! You can invite friends to compete against and also brag about your Team Value. Beyond that though you can now follow other users and players like a Twitter feed, which gets included in your news feed. So you can now watch other users and see how they play the game. You can also comment on players and put your view of why their prices are changing. Lastly, all users start off as a Rookie Trader and need to work their way up as a Pro Trader for bragging rights. This will be the start of making the game much more Social we hope.

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The Beta game is now open Live for users to play till the end of the season at http://www.footballtraderapp.com

 

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Premier League: App Preview “Fantasy Football meets Wall Street”

I think if I was to say that the FantasyYIRMA team were slight fans of Fantasy Football, I’d be locked up for blatent lies…we are clearly nuts about #FPL.

So… when a new #FPL related app lands on the scene we tend to sit up and take notice. Over the past few months we’ve watched with anticipation as Football Trader gets ready to launch! This week’s guest post is an interview with Sohail Godall, Co-Founder of Football Trader.

By @ryano83

If you enjoy #FPL then this could be like an extra free transfer when you’ve had a last minute injury!

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FantasyYirma: So tell me about this new Fantasy Football Trading Game app?? There’s been a lot of chat on twitter already about it!

Sohail: We’re launching a new type of Fantasy Football game for the modern fan. Imagine Fantasy Football played on a live stock market, where you buy shares in players live that are constantly changing based on news off the pitch and how they perform on the pitch.

This is basically Football Trader 🙂

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FantasyYirma: Interesting, so it’s a sort of Fantasy Football meets Wall Street? Many FPL fans may not be used to the concept of Real-time trading. What made you base your game on this?

Sohail: Well we heard users tweeting and telling us that sometimes current Fantasy Football can just be a “Game of Luck”. Controversial perhaps, but in the end users always pick the same players who score goals/assist or in a team that keeps clean sheets. It’s not a level playing field and half the players in the league are mostly overlooked. (We blogged about this last week here – http://tinyurl.com/a9z6bd8)

The actual gameplay of Fantasy Football games has not evolved much since it started 20 years ago! The points scoring system is very similar.

Football today is inundated with so much information in the media – live breaking player news, transfer speculation, twitter discussion and people are constantly checking their smartphones. We want to bring this together in a game where you can quickly buy/sell players based on how you view a players worth. You read news about them, watch their performance and make a judgement on how you anticipate what they will do in the next games.

It’s all about investing in players you think will do well where you can grow their value.

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FantasyYirma: So thinking about that and the real-time aspect, people would jump into the app and buy/sell their players as they hear news?

Sohail: Exactly, think of the Eden Hazard incident the other day. Before the game his stock was high, he had started coming into form and scored. His stock was rising, people were starting to buy him. Then the incident and in an instant he’s sent off and banned for 3 games. His stock falls.

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We saw this during our testing this week, his price fell straight after and in our game it would likely fall as people would sell him expecting his price to fall sharply. Those that sell quickly won’t lose out too much, as it’s all about timing. Some might not sell as they think he will come back strong.

It’s all about how you anticipate a player, and every person see this differently 🙂

FantasyYirma: Sounds innovative! I can see the real time aspect appealing to people. So how does the game work? What are the basic rules?

Sohail: I thought you might ask that! See below

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FantasyYirma: And for those who have been drawn in on the idea, when’s this all out?

Sohail: It’s been extremely complicated building all this! We are now finally live in a Private Beta testing out bugs on the live market and refining the gameplay. We are open to users wanting to join the Beta and provide feedback (just send us a Tweet at the address below).

Once we get through this, make some changes, we will launch on iPhone and Android by the end of February we hope. Our big launch will be for next season!

FantasyYirma: Many Thanks for your time Sohail, much appreciated and I’m sure there will be FPL fans on the lookout for this! I look forward to my free copy! 😉

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See Below for further links on the game, Beta testers are welcome:

www.footballtraderapp.com

blog.footballtraderapp.com 

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Fantasy Yirma Competiton… from @FPLmanager

Many thanks to @FPLmanager from www.fplmanager.co.uk for providing us with 3 free copies of his great #FPL app to give away.

Have a look at his app – only 69p now and available on Iphone, Ipad and Ipod Touch

To enter the draw to win simply Tweet the following –

“Chance to win 1 of 3 copies of the #fpl app from @fplmanager simply RT this tweet @FantasyYirma  visit http://www.fantasyyirma.com RT”

Draw will be made before the start of GW14… Good luck to all

FPL Manager a fantastic Fantasy Football App that players of the Official Barclays Fantasy Premier League have been waiting for!

  • Management of all your team(s) using native iOS and no webpages
  • Beautifully designed with no superfluous screens
  • Squad changes and transfers done easily with the tap of a finger
  • Advanced player sorting and filtering ensures finding the player you need is effortless
  • Get the edge on your rivals with all the latest news, tweets, tips and tricks

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later. WiFi, Edge, or 3G network connection required.

You can download the app from iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/fpl-manager/id398329284?mt=8

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