The Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS) announced the winners of India’s first Fantasy Sports Awards at its Annual Conference – GamePlan 2020, hosted virtually on 9th July 2020. GamePlan is an annual conference organised by FIFS aiming to provide a common platform across multiple related industries in order to support and strengthen the rapidly growing industry of fantasy sports.
This was the third edition of the conference and their first Fantasy Sports Awards Ceremony. The winners were shortlisted by an eminent jury consisting of FIFS strategic advisor Amrit Mathur, Professional Volleyball League CEO Joy Bhattacharjya and GoSports Foundation managing trustee and Principal Lawyer at LawNK Nandan Kamath.
The conference was hosted by a panel of discussions with prominent speakers in the fantasy sports industry with over 1500+ virtual attendees. GamePlan 2020 was graced by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, as the keynote speaker. In his address, he spoke about the exceptional opportunities that fantasy sports provide direct access from the field into people’s homes.
Some of the key speakers included AWS, Worldwide Technical Leader Nari Gopala, Dream11 and Dream Sports co-founder and CEO Harsh Jain, MyTeam11 co-founder and COO Sanjit Sihag, Delhi Capitals CEO Dhiraj Malhotra, Rotowire co-founder and president Peter Schoenke, and LaLiga India MD José Antonio Cachaza Pereiro.
Themed as ‘Good for Sports, Good for India’, GamePlan 2020 provides a common platform to discuss and deliberate on the impact of fantasy sports on the sports ecosystem and the Indian economy. The categories and winners for the FIFs Fantasy Sports Industry Awards are as follows:
Kant said, “I have very keenly followed the growth of the fantasy sports industry as a supporter of technology and good governance. I am a long term believer that India must become a global champion of the fantasy sports industry. Due to the looming COVID-19 threat, in the foreseeable future, digital fan engagement will be at the forefront as most of the mainstream sports are being held today in closed-door stadiums, without an audience. Online fan engagement platforms like fantasy sports will take centre stage in such situations. I am sure we will witness new and innovative ways of engaging with sports fans in the online space in the next few months.”
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