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Harbhajan Singh launches micro-fantasy sports application Ballr

Ballr is looking to bring about a revolution in the Fantasy Sports industry and has roped in Harbhajan Singh as its brand ambassador.

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Harbhajan Singh at the launch of Ballr with CEO Sam Jones (R) and India head Rohan Kumar.

Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh launched Ballr, a micro-fantasy sports mobile application owned by Fantasy Sport Technologies in New Delhi on Thursday. A new platform created with the aim of engaging sports fans, Ballr is a “unique and disruptive” micro gaming app that will connect millions of fans throughout Asia. The word “Baller” is derived from “basketballer” and has an urban connotation, which represents a player who turns pro after starting off from the streets.

Ballr, the entirely mobile, micro-fantasy, fan engagement platform is the first of its kind to launch in Asia. Unlike traditional fantasy sports games, Ballr has introduced a new way to play - rapid fire micro gaming and has replaced monetary prizes with money can’t buy experiences and premium prizes.

Speaking on the occasion, Harbhajan Singh said, “I’ve been deeply associated with the leadership of Ballr in India and believe this will be a great platform for fans to connect with the game. It gives them the chance to play alongside, test their skill and get rewarded by brands. It is a much more interesting way to watch cricket and I am sure to play with it as well.”

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Founder and CEO, Sam Jones addressed the gathering and said “Through Ballr we wish to create a community of sports fans and build a digital environment for friendly competition & conversation. India is the second largest smart phone market in the world with over 220 million users. In this context and given the immense enthusiasm Indian youth has for sports; Ballr is the perfect platform for them to connect through live sports.”

“Adult sports fan all over India will enjoy testing their knowledge and challenging their friends for the top position on the leaderboard. Ultimately our goal is to connect fans around the world through live sports games. he added. In addition to serving sports fans Ballr, presents a huge opportunity for brands to connect with this audience. Ballr has partnered with global brands in India and plans to collaborate with more like-minded brands in the coming months for its subsequent launches.

Ballr trying to answer the call fo all sports enthusiasts in India

Rohan Kumar, Head of Sub-Continent said, “Brands are trying to reach new consumers in India. Sport is the global language, and we could have opened anywhere. But we picked the most attractive market which is here in India and we start with cricket which is the most widely viewed sport. We believe there is a huge gap in the fan experience that we can fill with Ballr. This is really a second screen for sport, delivered on a smartphone, where brands can have a deeper engagement with a targeted audience.”

Ballr connects to all major social networks, allowing users to play head to head on a daily basis. Another aspect of Ballr’s app is its simple yet stunning interface that enables users to get in the game within seconds. Games on the platform will be free, with players in the running to win prizes and experiences such as bikes, phones, sports clothing, flights, sport tickets and the chance to meet their favorite players.

Following the launch with cricket in India, Ballr will launch soccer and basketball games in China, Thailand and Vietnam. Ballr has received $4 million in seed capital to date and will use this, as well as celebrity athlete endorsements, to pursue a market of an estimated 281 million adult sports fans in China and 93 million in India. Ballr has offices operating in Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Deli and Singapore and will be available from the Google Play store on the 24 May, 2016.

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