Fantasy Meets Football

It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m over at a friend’s place watching their cats while they are away. I’m half doing homework and half watching football (you know, multitasking!). It got me thinking about fantasy football as a video game! In the last blog we talked about how gaming can be played and IS for everyone you just have to find what interests you. Fantasy football is a perfect example of a social video game experience even if you never thought of it that way! Just think about how much it has grown in the past few years! We have parties for drafting players!

Technically speaking, there have been games with a similar style to what we think of  fantasy football games today. Both 2K studios and EA Sports have made games in the past such as MLB Front Office Manager (2009), NFL Head Coach (2006), FIFA Manager (1997), and more where you had to draft, trade, manage players and went through seasons trying to win the most games and make it to the playoffs, world cup, etc. Many of these style games are no longer being made as their game-modes were integrated into the mainstream Madden, FIFA, and MLB games, but some of what you see and do on mainstream fantasy sports games today came from these original games! Now-a-days, mobile apps from Draftkings, Fanduel, NFL, ESPN, CBS, and more dominate the fantasy sports games market. Estimates show that around 33 million people are playing fantasy football this season!

FF theme pic

Do you play fantasy football? If so, how’d you get started? Do you play any other fantasy sports game? What’s the best prize or worst punishment you’ve seen? I’d love to hear who or what got you started playing! Fantasy sports games show that games are always evolving as an entertainment form, in this case it combines my love for games with my love of sports.

Bonus pictures of cats today 🙂

“My favorite water cooler topic is fantasy football. I used to make fun of friends for doing it and now I’m obsessed.” John Krasinski

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