The team at InGame Fantasy is pleased to welcome fantasy baseball wizard Paul Sporer to our team for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. Sporer’s recent revelation that he has never seen ‘Field of Dreams’ nearly sunk the deal, but nonetheless, both sides decided to forge ahead. (His Wendy Peffercorn pool stunt probably saved him).
Sporer, currently a staffer at Fangraphs, one of the best baseball sites on the planet, will use his active Twitter feed and live streaming prowess at Twitch.tv to help bring InGame to the masses.
Fans will be able to play along with Sporer during his weekly Twitch broadcasts and vie for cash prizes in Double Up, Triple Up, Winner Take All and other scoring formats at InGame Fantasy.
Our first Twitch stream will be held Wednesday night during MLB action so be sure to download the app for iOS or Android at once.
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We’ve got some exciting news at InGame Fantasy™ by Fanamana. With the first half of baseball season in the books, we are seeing off-the-charts engagement with average session times north of 21 minutes. That number is more than double the average session length from the first half of last season (9:48), and up over two minutes from the second half (19:21) of 2014. Additionally, 21.4 percent of our sessions for this MLB season have lasted longer than 30 minutes, with an average session time of 80 minutes in that segment.
For comparison’s sake, the average session length across all mobile apps was 5.7 minutes in 2014, and 6.4 minutes for sports-related apps, according to the most recent data from mobile marketing platform Localytics.
So how did we do it? Well, we created a way to play fantasy sports unlike any other. The experience of drafting players during games is the ultimate second screen experience and our loyal fanbase can’t help but come back for more. In fact, 80 percent of our visitors returned to our app within 24 hours during the first half of this MLB season.
We’ve added some key features to improve the user experience, the biggest being the ability to apply your draft picks to multiple contests with the simple click of a button. We’ve made our scoreboard look a little more like the Green Monster, so you can see what inning your opponent(s) is in.
So what is next? NFL! And more sports too. Everyone keeps asking when we’re going to have football and how it’s going to work. Well, we can’t share all the details just yet, but we can share a screenshot.
We also plan to add customized push alerts for specific players and a way to undo picks globally if you decide you want to make some last-minute subs in a few of your games, but not all of them.
Other upcoming features to add?
Get in on the fun and download InGame Fantasy by Fanamana now!
While I was traveling in Thailand and Vietnam more than a decade ago the locals would use the saying “same same but different” all the time. Originally I thought maybe the word “similar” was too difficult to pronounce. Then I realized this saying has its own meaning.
When you create something new people have a tendency to compare it to another thing they are familiar with. Fanamana Baseball is like that. Sometimes it is easier to explain what we are not.
- We are not a traditional fantasy baseball league. There are great products to run your league out there and our little startup is not going to compete with the likes of Yahoo, ESPN and CBS Sports.
- We are not a daily fantasy game. While relatively new, there are plenty of options out there to get your daily fantasy fix. It is big business. If they don’t go the online poker route, I predict it will be a bigger business than traditional fantasy leagues in a few years.
- We are not a predictive app. If guessing the outcome of every event in a single game for points or rewards is your cup of tea, there are some cool new apps out there. MLB has a licensed app with PrePlay. There is also FanCake by Kwarter who worked with TBS last playoffs.
- We are not a social second screen app. Countless choices here. All are fighting a battle Twitter has already won IMHO.
We combine elements of all four of these with one special ingredient they all lack. Fanamana Baseball plays like baseball. You know the game we all know and love.
The frustration of having the bases loaded with no outs and not scoring. The gratification of a come from behind win. The excitement of a walk off home run. These are moments that will happen everyday in Fanamana Baseball.
Remember when Joe Girardi pinch hit Raul Ibanez for Alex Rodriguez in game 2 of the 2012 ALDS. That is what we have the others don’t.
So please play, offer feedback and help us design this new type of fantasy-ish daily-ish predictive-ish game. Call us what you want, my response will be “same same but different.”
“Mobile, in our business, isn’t the second screen, It’s the first screen.” Matthew Gould, vice president of communications for MLB Advanced Media.
We couldn’t agree anymore Mr. Gould. At Fanamana our focus is to make products that use mobile to produce user-generated content without a companion device. Until the next generation of technology take over (i.e. Google glass or Brain-Computer Interface) mobile is, and will be the first screen for the foreseeable future.
We know that your mobile device spends more time with you then your TV. The reality is it with you more then your closest friend in the world. Fanamana can’t wait to start making second screen products, but it will be the television that is the second screen.