The fantasy sports games boom started with American football, but soon it hit different sports as well. What are the most popular fantasy sports nowadays?
According to the website Wordatlas.com, football (soccer) has more than 4 billion fans around the globe, followed by cricket (2.5 billion) and field hockey (2 billion). Interestingly, basketball is seventh, baseball eighth, and both American football and ice hockey (two very common fantasy sports games) are not even in the top 10.
The overview of the most popular fantasy sports is slightly different. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA), on the other side of the Atlantic, the most famous fantasy sports are American football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey and football (soccer). Meanwhile, in Europe, football is the unquestionable market leader. The pilot research also confirms this ranking because with more than 70% of replies coming from Europe, the absolute winner is football.
Apart from cycling, in the section “Others” sports like golf, NASCAR or F1 were also mentioned.
Going a little bit deeper, it would be interesting to have a look at different platforms that offer users to register for free. The market analysis research provided by the company Sleeper, says that in 2018 “the biggest fantasy sports are ESPN, Yahoo, NFL and CBS.” If we add another platform from Europe like Fantasy Premier League (FPL), UEFA Champions League Fantasy, La Liga Marca Fantasy, Bundesliga Fantasy or Tour de France Fantasy, the ranking could look something like this.