With cricket gaining popularity, fantasy sports apps have started populating the market, and with the competition ever-growing, the onus is now on the developers to ensure that their offering is superior to their peers in every aspect, so that people are retained, because a simple slip is enough to make users migrate to a better platform and that results in irrecoverable losses most of the time. One such fantasy app trying to make its name in the market is BatBall11.
On the surface, the app follows the tried and tested formula of pay to play contests, but the fact that they have been awarded as the Rookie of the year in 2020 means that they probably have something u their sleeve, and that is what we wanted to find out.
But before we begin our review of the BatBall11 app, let’s take a quick look at what Fantasy Sports is all about.
What is Fantasy Sports?
If you are someone who has played the popular Fantasy Premier League before, you will have a good idea about what Fantasy Sports really is. But, if you are one of the uninitiated, this is how it works. Say you are playing a football/soccer fantasy league, you will build your own team comprised of 11 players and a few substitutes, and then through the course of the season, the players in your fantasy team will earn points for their performances in every game they play, and the fantasy team with the largest haul of points at the end of the season wins the Fantasy league. But, like any other competition, there are always some rules that govern how you can pick your team and how the scores are distributed based on performance.
Some people call this a game of pure luck, while repeat players will argue that there is an element of knowledge you need, in order to really field a winning fantasy team.
Fantasy leagues have expanded to the most popular sports around the world, and each of these fantasy leagues draws in thousands of users who are all out to be the best of the rest.
Joining a Fantasy sports league platform is free and involves a simple sign-up procedure and an optional installation of a companion app on your smartphone. However, the catch is that participating in some of the contests within the Fantasy league may be charged by the platform, therefore making the whole Fantasy Sports genre, a freemium one.
At Techplugged, we have indulged in some of the Fantasy leagues through the years, including the fantasy leagues for the Premier League, Formula One, NBA, and even the recently concluded UEFA Euro Championship, and although we have found it difficult to win these leagues, the overall experience has been fun as we have not really spent a single penny to participate.
All about the BatBall11 platform
According to the company itself, BatBall11 is a dreamy, ethereal platform that pioneers fantasy sports and want to create a fun and competitive playground for those who love sports.
When you look at the other features such as multiple sports support, easy withdrawals, and in-depth statistics, BatBall11 has it all and what they expect to offer its users, is a smoother experience and a hassle free-secured transaction experience.
The way you can play on the BatBall11 platform is through the mobile app, and this is where things get a bit tricky. Like almost every other freemium fantasy sports app, the BatBall11 app is not available for download on the Android Play Store. This is simply because Google does not allow the distribution of apps that include real money-based contests, as it is considered to be a form of gambling. So, if you are an Android user, you can visit the official website of BatBall11 and download and sideload the app from there.
If you are an iPhone user, the official BatBall11 app is available as a free download on the App Store.
This worked to our advantage and we went straight to the Apple App Store and installed our copy of the BatBall11 app.
Let’s talk about the BatBall11 app
The first thing you will have to do on the BatBall11 app is to sign up for their platform. Simply click on the Register Now button and you will be taken forward. Whenever we have tested Indian fantasy sports apps, you either had to just enter your mobile number, or just the email ID, or sign up via your social accounts. Sometimes the process was smooth, while there were situations where we wanted to quit the app just because of its unnecessarily complex sign-up procedures. BatBall11 has made things very clear by including one common sign-up form. Anyone who wants to play on the app has to fill in the sign-up form. We liked this approach as it eliminates any and all misunderstandings, and makes it easy for the developers also, to keep track of new, incoming users.
We proceeded to fill the form, which takes about a few quick seconds, and after that, we entered the OTP that was sent to the registered mobile number and that was all. Tap the verify button and you will get a success message saying that you are ready to go.
The home screen of the BatBall11 app is an absolute treat. The menus are streamlined, the features are where you would expect them to be and the interface itself is focussed on the content rather than distracting elements strewn across the page.
Starting from the top, we have the menu icon that lets you enter your profile and make changes to your profile icon, team name, and even verify your account with the payment details. You can also check features such as the leaderboard and also the status of the balance you have on the app. It is all neatly arranged and something we have seen only in the more well-known apps in the fantasy sports genre.
Coming back to the home page, on the top right-hand side, we have the notification icon that shows you all the alerts and notifications pertaining to the matches you are following, the status of the contests you are participating in, and so on. Next to the notification icon, we have the wallet icon where you can add money into the app so that in-game transactions and even entry into contests are hassle-free. You can add money to the wallet via Credit card, Debit card, and even UPI apps. There is currently no ban on any states participating in the app, so you can rest assured.
Back to the home page, at the bottom of the interface, we have the control buttons that allow you to navigate through the app and everything is absolutely crystal clear. We have the home button that takes you to the home page from anywhere on the app. Then we have a leagues button that takes you to a page that shows you all the contests you are participating in. In the middle, we have the Find Guru button that allows you to follow bonafide experts of the game who can even assist you in choosing the best team. We have another wallet button to quickly access the wallet from anywhere on the app and finally, the more button will take you to important links related to the BatBall11 platform.
In the middle of the home page, we have the familiar carousel layout. Each tab represents one sport and under the tab, you have a list of upcoming matches that you can create a fantasy line-up for. In the case of cricket, the matches that show up are matches that are happening all over the world, so there is no restriction on the location of the matches. The same holds good for other sports as well. For example, if there is a licensed basketball match happening somewhere in Africa, you will find it on the list.
We were absolutely impressed with the app in general and without any hesitation, we went straight into taking part in our very first match on the BatBall11 app.
How to participate in Fantasy matchups on BatBall11
Since we are cricket buffs, we decided to try our hand at one of the upcoming cricket matches. Surprisingly, participating in a fantasy matchup is simple, but before we get into it, let’s take a look at what a matchup card looks like on BatBall11.
Heading to the cricket tab on the home page, we saw a lot of upcoming cricket matches, and the match card consists of the following information –
The teams that are playing
The cricket league that the match is a part of
The line-up update (Whether line-ups are out or not) It is best to set up your line-up after the line-up has been announced as it allows you to pick the players that are playing, rather than guessing the line-up beforehand.
Time to go before the match begins
Size of the prize pot (This shows the largest prize pot)
From here, you can see the list of matches, and if there is a match that you feel you can do great at, tap on it, and you will be taken to a fresh page where you will now see a list of different prizes pots under various categories.
First, there is the grand league. This is the one with the largest prize pot, a reasonable entry fee, but the sheer number of entrants is very high. Each registered user can enter up to 20 different teams of their own to increase their chance of winning, but each entry will cost you, so tread carefully. We found that the odds of your team winning something is high in this category and so, we thought that this is a good option to start off.
Secondly, we have the Master League. This category accepts five contestants with just one winner. The prize pot is reasonable, but there is an element of high risk as you will lose all of your entry fees if you don’t finish in the first place.
You will now see some head-to-head contests, where you can take on a single user in a classic one-on-one, winner takes all contest.
Finally, for those of you who are trying to find their feet and don’t want to invest any money just yet, you also have practice contests where you can create a team and participate in a demo match where there is no entry fee and no winnings.
You can pick the contest you like and once you make the entry, you will be taken to the team selection screen, where you will be instructed on how you can pick your team, and you will be given a virtual budget of 100 tokens to draft your team. This is where your knowledge of the teams and intuition comes into play. Go through the players available and pick a team of players that you think, will really do well in real life.
Confirm the team and on submission, the waiting game begins. Once the match begins, you can either follow the live telecast or catch up on the update on your phone, because other than that, there is nothing you can do. Once the match is over, you can check up on your team, and see how they have done. If your team of players did well and they have slotted into the winning percentage of teams that are eligible for a payday, you will be given the pre-decided amount into your wallet. You can then withdraw funds from the wallet into your bank and then decide your next match-up.
When it comes to setting up and participating, BatBall11 makes it look and feel like an absolute breeze. The number of stems involved is minimal and once the team is set up, as we mentioned, your job is done.
All in all, we absolutely enjoyed the whole experience and once the team submission was done, we were left with a smile on our faces.
As far as fantasy apps go, BatBall11 was a surprise package for us, as their seemingly innocent nomenclature is actually hiding a very well-developed and stable app underneath. The setup is hassle-free, the menus are well designed and very fluid, the wallet loads up money without a problem, and the gameplay itself is as smooth as it can get.
The user base is still growing as the platform is relatively new, but we would highly recommend people to try this application, no matter their level of experience in this game.