Howzat Fantasy App Review

The fantasy sports scene is heating up in India and every few days, you see a new app show up on the app store. Through our experience of reviewing fantasy apps, we have come to a realization that there are predominantly three types of fantasy apps in the Indian market –

  1. The Best of the best – These are the apps that are must-haves on your smartphone if you are an avid fantasy player. You may download one, or more depending on your preference.
  2. They do what it says on the tin – These are the apps that bring nothing special to the table, but whatever it does, it does without a problem. These apps are also dependable, and you can use these apps to enjoy some no-nonsense fantasy gameplay.
  3. One to avoid – These are the apps that you must avoid installing at all costs. These are the apps that have been made with the intention to earn money. The UI is poor, the features are nonresponsive at times, and the bugs are strewn all over the platform.

We have been scouring through the app store for fantasy cricket apps and one of the recent ones that we encountered was Howzat fantasy. With a name that evokes extreme competition and a rather stylish-looking logo, the app does offer a strong opening statement, but does it deliver? That’s what we are here to tell you. But first, let’s take a quick look at what fantasy sports are all about.

What are 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. 

Now, with the basics cleared, let’s get into the Howzat Fantasy App.

The Howzat fantasy platform

Howzat fantasy is a fantasy sports platform that is based on the freemium model. In such a model, signing up is free, while participation in fantasy matches requires real-time money. What we have noticed is that most of the freemium fantasy apps are not allowed to be distributed on the Google Play Store, but when it comes to the Howzat fantasy app, we found that the official app is available on the Play Store as well as the Apple App Store, so irrespective of which kind of device you have, you can install the Howzat Fantasy app and get started.

Fanfight fantasy allows players to participate in fantasy matches taking place in the world of cricket, kabaddi, and football. We have seen apps that offer fantasy matches across all major sports in the world, and it sort of takes away from the novelty of the platform, but in the case of Howzat fantasy, the number of sports is just right and we are happy to see this kind of focused approach from the developers.

The Howzat Fantasy app

Let’s talk about the Fanfight fantasy app and how you can get started on the same.

On installing the app on your Android or iOS device, tap on the app icon to open it up. After a brief splash screen featuring the title of the app and images of the ambassadors, you will be taken to a signup screen. This part is typical across all fantasy sports apps that we have tested so far.

The signup screen appears and it is to be done through your mobile number only. We would have loved to see a social sign-up feature, but from past experience, we can tell you that there have been some platforms that have tried out social sign-ups, but the mechanism was really flawed. We also saw a very small email sign-up option, but for some reason, it did not work for us, and we hope to see that fixed in successive updates. Considering all this, a mobile number sign-up seems to be the right way forward for the moment.

 

 

Once you enter your registered mobile number, you will be taken to another screen where an entry box will ask you for the OTP that you would have received on your number. Enter that and you are done.

 

 

The home screen of the Howzat fantasy app is pretty much the same as almost all the other fantasy sports app in the Indian market. Let’s take a look at this one, from the top.

On the left-hand side, we have the name of the app and next to it, we have a quick add money button that allows you to instantly head to the wallet where you can add money that you want to use to play contests within the app.

 

 

Next, let’s move to the bottom of the screen. This houses tabs that will allow you to head to the different sections of the Fanfight fantasy app. The home tab will take you to the home page of the app, irrespective of where you are within the platform. The ‘My Matches’ tab will show you a list of all the fantasy matches you are currently participating in. The add cash tab will take you to the in-game wallet, where you can conduct your transactions and also withdraw your winnings, straight into your bank account. One thing we would like to mention here is that currently, the Howzat app is approved for play in all Indian states, so the wallet feature is working everywhere in the country. Next, we have the ‘Refer and Earn’ tab that allows you to quickly head share the app link with friends and earn a referral bonus, and finally, we have the ‘More’ tab that allows you to access the in-app menu and also access your profile, where you can make changes to your profile and even verify it.

 

 

We like how the developers have kept things really simple and streamlined, and the interface is very snappy and fluid. We did not experience any major lags

Finally, we have the Main game screen in the middle of the top menu bar and the bottom control tabs. This main screen will show you the various sports available to you, in a carousel arrangement, and below each tab, you will see the ongoing and upcoming matches so that you can choose the ones you want and get started with the fantasy gameplay.

 

 

How to participate in Fantasy matchups on Howzat fantasy

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 Howzat fantasy.

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 – 

  1. The teams that are playing
  2. The cricket league that the match is a part of
  3. 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.
  4. Time to go before the match begins
  5. 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. 

We have the Grand League that has the largest prize pot, but at the same time, 56% of the entrant teams will be eligible for a piece of the prize pot. The entry fee to this is very cheap and your odds of winning are actually realistic. We recommend that you start off with the Mega contest first.

 

 

Next, we have head-to-head contests where only two users go head-to-head for prize money. The prize pot is decided by the person initiating the head-to-head, and the second entrant must pay 50% of the prize pot in order to participate.

 

 

Thirdly, we have the winner takes all. As the name suggests, you pay the entry fee, but rather than splitting the earnings across a percentage of entrant teams, the winning team takes it all. This is one of the most high-risk categories and definitely not for the faint-hearted. 

 

 

You will also see an assortment of tailored match-ups with varying entry fees and stipulations and you can choose the one that appeals most to you, with no pressure.

If you are just starting out with fantasy sports, Howzat fantasy also offers you free entry contests that serve as practice contests. Here, you will be able to create your team and contest with other users, but there is no entry fee and there are no winnings either. The perfect starting point for absolute beginners.

 

 

Once you choose the match-up you like, you will be taken to a team selection screen, where you can pick the players according to the guideline and once you submit the team and pay the entry fee, the waiting game begins.

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.

 

 

One thing we have noticed is that, although the Howzat fantasy app has been around since 2019, they don’t have an incredibly high prize pot as they are still trying to attract new users to the app, but when it comes to how easy and stable the app is to see, we would say that while it is not exactly the gold standard, it does offer you a decent enough performance. We found that people wanted to see a bit more from the app, including a change of the interface, as there are some things that must be easy to access, such as the profile section, and also an inclusion of a notification section to stay up to date with the contests you are participating in and also alerts about upcoming matches.

In Conclusion

Overall, we found that the Howzat fantasy is a decent app that is yet to find stability. The initial procedures are smooth enough, but as you use the app, you can’t help but notice that it is far from being the finished product. The UI seems a bit rushed, and the overall platform is not yet at a level that is immersive enough to spend hours on it. This is especially concerning seeing that the app has been around for some time and also boasts 10 million active users.

Gameplay-wise, we can’t really complain as it is pretty much a stock affair, but the prize pot is not as high as some of the leaders in the market.

For now, we would recommend that you wait for the app to get a bit more polished, keep checking out the app store page or their official website for the changelog. If you are craving some great, smooth, secure fantasy gameplay, then there are definitely better fish in the sea.