How Dream11 and premium fantasy sport is booming in India

I have been a regular player of the Fantasy Premier League, which is the official fantasy gaming platform of England’s Premier League of football, for the last three years. But with little success.

Last month, the Premier League scheduled midweek matches that I completely forgot about. I therefore failed to pick my team for that game week before the deadline. As a result, my team from the previous week got automatically picked for that game week.

I lost out on at least 24 points as a result. Even though FPL is a free-to-play game, I almost gave up after that week, as my rank plummeted. I’m currently ranked 1,632,398th out of over 6 million users worldwide.

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About Jaideep Vaidya

I am a freelance journalist based in Mumbai, India. I focus on the business of sport. I have written for publications such as Forbes India, Mint Lounge,, Quartz, Firstpost, Bleacher Report and The Guardian. I have eight years of experience in sports writing, reporting, sub-editing, social media management, news curation and production (print and online). You can get in touch with me at