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Test your sporting skills by mixing stocks and fantasy

Developer description

Trade Teams, Not players! TeamTrader is a new fantasy sports game where competitors build a ... More

Editor's review

Published 11 Oct 2016

I'm sure you are well aware that fantasy sports games have gone through the roof over the last few years. In May 2015 a research company estimated that it was now a US$2 billion industry and experiencing a 10.7% annual growth with over 56.8 million people playing yearly in the US and Canada. In other words...it's big! Naturally, certain elements have evolved over the years and the emergence of team trading rather than player trading has emerged as a popular spin off.

Team Trader is a new sports game for iOS and Android that lets you trade teams -rather than individual players - and has as many similarities to trading stocks and shares as it does to fantasy sports. Competitors can build a portfolio of shares in NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB teams and trade team shares just like you would with stocks in a live exchange. Each team has a price per share that fluctuates daily and traders can trade these shares as they choose. You make all the speculative decisions as to whether to hold onto your team's shares long term or they can be bought and sold on a daily basis. Teams will change in value over time as their performances improve or worsen and you will have to speculate on individual games as well as the whole season.

This version of fantasy sports is faster and easier to play than the usual 'draft-based' fantasy games because you are dealing more with the effectiveness of a team rather than trying to meld together a team of individuals. You start out with ten grand in virtual cash and try to build on that as you put your sports knowledge to the test. You get to compete against other traders in order to trade your way all the way to the top of the leader board. There are both free and paid contests available with cash and prizes available for the most successful traders.

Contest results will be determined by the total portfolio value of each trader at the end of the competition and traders cannot invest more than $4000 on each individual team. Some teams may become ineligible for trading during games of significant consequence, such as playoff games. There is a one-off entry fee payable for each paid contest with the fee amount remaining unchanged for the duration of that contest.

Team Trader is much like a combination of fantasy sports and trading on the stocks and shares market. It's totally fun and very addictive and will appeal to both stock market aficionados and sports fans. The app itself is clear and easy to understand with the interface easy to navigate. It's available now to download on iPhone, iPad and Android but it's only available to Canada and USA contestants right now.

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