Fantasy sports, a huge phenomenon in the American online interactive gaming world, have tickled the interests of millions of sports enthusiasts world-wide. Sports and media are working in tandem to provide new entertainment options to the global cricket fans and fantasy sports are one example of this trend. Fantasy sports have successfully bridged real on-the-field action with virtual games. In virtual reality, friends can compete with each other at any place, any time. This social aspect of the game is one of the web 2.0 trends. Sports fans find that spending time with friends, while watching a game, is one of the best ways to relax. Fantasy sports bring the entire fun-filled experience to the cyber world. Every dedicated follower of popular professional sports, be it soccer, football, baseball or cricket, loves to create his/her own dream team and even brag the team’s performance to like-minded friends. Fantasy sports give a chance to such a fan to enter the virtual world and see his/her dream-team compete with that of his/her friends in a fun-filled as well as challenging simulated atmosphere.
In fantasy cricket games, like all other fantasy sports, a gamer gets to follow up a live tournament/series and build his/her team from the players participating in the tournament. The performance of the team would then be based on the on-field performances of the players selected. A few of the fantasy cricket games allow gamers to form leagues with friends as on http://www.cricketshowdown.com, whereby a person gets to create a league and then invite others to join the league. In such a scenario he/she becomes the league manager who coordinates with the rest of the league members. Each member can make a “wish-list” from the list of actual players participating in a live match. The wish-lists are then processed automatically using a unique algorithm called “draft” to create teams for the league members wherein no two teams get the same player. Thus it becomes a challenging task to create a clever wish-list so that the gamer gets to see his/her favourite player in his/her team at the end of the draft! Finally, the team that earns the maximum points wins the game.
Fantasy sports players need not be cricket experts to enjoy the game. They are in fact from various backgrounds, but are united in their love of the sport and interest to spend time with friends. Friends get to joke and tease online while competing for bragging rights as League Champion. Friends can upgrade their sporting knowledge during the course of the game while they get a chance to watch their dream-team win major tournaments. It is definitely a unique way to enjoy the sport you love! You even get a chance to win attractive prizes since most sites announce such prizes to winners in order to make the challenge more exciting.