IPL season is here, matches are being watched live, and now one more thing has been added i.e. making teams and participating in leagues through the Dream 11 app. Users are not just enjoying the match but they are making their fantasy teams with real-life cricketers.
In this blog we would be discussing the Dream 11 working, and how to create a similar app.
Success Story of Dream 11
Dream 11 was founded in 2008 focusing on just cricket as a fantasy sport. In 2019, it became the first Indian gaming platform to enter the unicorn club. Currently, it has become India’s biggest sports game with 30 million+ users playing fantasy cricket, football, kabaddi, and NBA. It is a great platform for fans who wish to showcase their sports knowledge. They can create fantasy teams of real-life players for upcoming matches. The points of the players would be decided as per their real-time performance on the match. Dream11 is also the Official Partner of the top sports leagues in the world such as the Hero CPL, Hero ISL, NBA, and currently the most trending IPL.
Dream 11 has been able to attract interest not from only the users but also from the top investors around the world. The company mostly didn’t talk about fundraising. There isn’t an announcement of any financing rounds. It raised $100 million from Chinese internet giant Tencent at a valuation of $700 million.
The total worth of the transactions on the platform was $650 million in 2018-19 financial year, with net revenue of $100 million.
Features & Functionality of the app
Before beginning the development process of an app like Dream 11, you must first jot down the features and functionalities of the Dream 11 app which you have to integrate into your app. You must also think of some out-of-the-box features for making your app stand out. Some of the common features to include in the app are:
User Sign-up and Login:
The users should be able to register on the app through a very convenient app sign-up process. Don’t ask for unnecessary information from the users to make it a complicated process. Instead, just ask e-mail id & password or mobile no. with a password.
For making it more user-friendly, you can give the option of login through social media profiles such as Facebook, Instagram, or Linked or through Google Account. This facilitates a single tap registration system as the user does not have to remember additional usernames and passwords.
There would be a dashboard for the users where they can build on their online player persona by adding relevant information.
In this option, the users would be able to edit their personal details such as username, phone number, email id, bank account details, PAN card, or any other information.
When the users will earn reward points they would be able to check from their profile too. It can be in the form of virtual currency, credit, account balance, etc.
After onboarding on the app, there will be a default page of Home Screen on which the users will land. This is a compulsory thing as the user will be able to check everything that is available on the platform.
Whether the users need to filter or search for games or matches, matches category, tournaments, types of sports, etc. they can easily do it through Home Screen.
If the home screen is having a lot of information, then the user may find it arduous to look up for a particular match. But this can be taken care of by the search functionality. The search box can be used for looking at specific games or sports which are currently played.
With the help of filters, the search results can be more streamlined using some filters. From the returned results, the user can choose the desired game or match.
The users will also make filters through match timing, match teams, venue, etc.
The League arena is one of the core features of any fantasy sports app. It will be responsible for customer engagement and keeps them connected on the app with upcoming tournaments and championships.
It will highlight new leagues, the cost of entering the leagues, the winning range, the rules of the contest, etc.
You can view the contest listing through the contest feature on the app. In these listings, there would be information about individual matches and games.
You can also check the other details such as entry fee range, winning range, contest type, contest size, contest name, entry fee, etc.
The user can choose the match or game listing of their choice to join in the contest. Entry fees will be applicable as part of the joining process.
Create your own contest:
You would be able to create your own contest with a single tap. You just have to give basic information such as Contest name, total winning amount, size of the contest, allowing multiple teams, entry fees, etc.
The other players would be able to participate in the contest by joining the contest button. However, the content creator has to first activate the contest.
The content creator would be able to check all the players who have joined that contest. The creator will have the rights to view and edit their picked team players. They can even filter and search by types of matches including live, upcoming games, and their results.
You can integrate any payment method so that the users can pay a joining fee or entry fee on the app. Some of the popular payment gateways are Paypal, Stripe, and Braintree.
Users would be able to check all their transactions i.e. in and out of the money for every match or tournament or game.
Invite & Earn:
There would be a unique referral link or code by which the users can refer their kith and kin on the app. Their friends & family will participate in the matches or games. Whenever the referred user will join the app using that link or code, they will get a reward or cash bonus.
Admin Panel Features:
The admin panel login must be highly secure. Admin would be able to log in through a unique id and password combination, similar to the user login process.
There would be a dashboard on the admin panel on which the admin will land after logging in. It would be similar to the home screen which will give a complete overview of what is happening over the platform.
The admin would be able to manage the activities of the user along with their accounts on the app. The admin can even edit, add, delete, or even deactivate or activate user accounts.
The admin would also be responsible for the match listings from the admin panel. The admin can edit, delete, add, or activate, deactivate the match.
Managing Games Category:
Similar to the match listings, the admin can also manage the games by adding, deleting, editing, or deactivating the games.
The admin manages the match contest on the app through the backend admin panel. The admin has the authority to add, delete, edit, activate, or deactivate match contests at any time.
Admin can easily check the total earnings of every match played on the app’s platform at any instant of time.
The different payment modes on the app would be handled by the administrator at the backend.
Reward Points Management:
The reward points earned by every user on the app would be authorized by the app’s administrator.
Cash bonus management:
Cash bonuses and prizes offered to players are distributed post the administrator’s authorization.
Admin would be able to generate reports on the basis of business requirements at any instant. The reports can be of different types such as contest reports, contestant reports, match reports, etc.
Managing Bank Withdraw Request:
The admin will have complete authority to authorize the users for withdrawing their winning amounts and then transfer them to their respective bank account.
It will include bank details accepting or rejecting, pan card information, etc.
Administrators also need to look at managing subsidiary functions such as help, contact us, about us, etc. of the fantasy sports app.
CRM integration in the admin panel will give you many benefits such as managing operational tasks like tickets, user-location, sending e-mails, push notifications, etc.
Additional Features To Include
Live Match Scores:
If you will display the live match scores on the app then it will draw the attention of more users. The users will not have to switch on any other device or app to watch the match. Having analysis from experts in the game, highlights, etc. makes the app more engaging for the user.
You can promote campaigns and make more revenue on the app by implementing the in-app advertising functionality.
Push notifications are very helpful to the users. They can get all important updates, news, 6s, 4s & wickets updates, through push notifications.
If you want to develop an app for a wider range of audience, then it would be great if you develop it in multi-language.
The live chat feature has become a compulsory feature on today’s mobile applications. You can consider a combination of bots and live agents manning the functionality, offering optimal 24×7 support to users.
For gaining more users, and know-how users are interacting with your app, it is vital to use real-time analytics. You can get insights into the future business decisions to need to make.
GPS Location Tracking:
If you want to send push notifications or alerts to the users for ongoing leagues and upcoming games, then you must use GPS location tracking in the app.
Custom Mail Reminder System:
To retain users on your app, and reminding them about upcoming tournaments, matches or leagues, you can send them emails.
Designing a loyalty program will keep players hooked to your app in the long term.
Team & Tech Stack For Fantasy Sports App:
The general team structure for developing an app like Dream 11 is:
· UI & UX Designers: 2
· Developers: 3-4
· QA Expert: 1
For developing an advanced fantasy sports app, the team structure would be:
· Team Managers: 5-6
· UI & UX Designers: 8-10
· QA Experts: 4-6
· Developers: 15-18
· Project Manager: 1
|Tech Stack For Developing a Sports Fantasy App|
|Sports API||GoalServe, CricketAPI, RapidAPI.com, etc.|
|Payment Gateway||Paypal, Braintree, Stripe|
|Database||MongoDB, MySQL, Postgres, MailChimp|
|Frontend||AngularJS, JS, jQuery|
|Cloud Environment||AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Salesforce,|
|Real-Time Analytics||Hadoop, Spark, BigData, Apache Flink etc.|
|Push Notifications||Twillio, Push.io, Amazon SNS|
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