Is Facebook moving towards sports betting? That’s the recent speculation after they announced that they’re launching a free-to-play to test the waters. That’s where we pick up our weekly recap of the news.
Facebook Close to Introducing Fantasy Sports And Predictive Games
Facebook Fantasy Sports? Well, well, well: look he’s jumping into the sports betting space. Facebook has decided to jump right into the fantasy sports world as the social media giant had partnered up with Whistle Sports to bring a new category called Pick & Play Sports, Facebook Fantasy Sports. Players will get points as they correctly pick the winner of a specific sports game or go into smaller in-match events. While this starts off as a fantasy option, we’ve seen how this can quickly turn into sports betting. FanDuel and DraftKings have already shown the way.
Facebook is also expected to bring in games involving popular television shows such as The Bachelorette and Survivor and even BuzzFeed is supposed to get their own segment in the coming weeks. These new games will be available on both iOS and Android devices and for any residents in the United States and Canada.
Facebook hasn’t mentioned whether or not cash prizes will be awarded to the top players in these games, though. It seems like their new platform is going to be based primarily around user interaction and good times rather than financial gain. However, if they do see that players are craving that – as they likely will – the speculation is that they will look into adding it.
DraftKings Reaches Settlement With Gamblers
DraftKings is moving towards settling a court case in regards to misleading advertising. The company has announced that they were able to get approval in the last distract of Massachusetts on their massive settlement of class action reports. People had claimed that DraftKings Sportsbook was misrepresenting the difficulty of their sports contests and the terms to certain promotional deals during their marketing campaign. The settlement to get this all behind them had ballooned all the way up to $8 million dollars.
The settlement had involved a total of about 3.15 million people. Without a doubt getting out of this mess that they had gotten themselves into will be a big weight off their backs.
Hochul To Be Friendly To Sports Bettors?
The newest governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, and her husband have been under the microscope lately after she took over for Governor Andrew Cuomo. While there are all sorts of questions as to what she’ll do for the state, there has been early speculation that she’ll be quite friendly to sports betting. She and her husband had apparently spent thousands of dollars to lobby state officials before she was promoted. One claim has them giving $300,000 to lobby Bolton-St.Johns throughout 2019 to 2021, which is a gaming hospitality brand.
A lot of people in the state of New York are hoping that Hochul will be friendly to sports betting. While the state of New Jersey has been very progressive in opening up its doors, New Yorkers are still struggling with it. Maybe she’ll be able to get things on the fast track as Governor Cuomo definitely wasn’t a friend to online sports betting.
WynnBet Tabs Affleck For Ads
WynnBet is breaking out the big guns. The company, which is a little late to the online sports betting party, has brought on Ben Affleck for its first round of commercials. Along with Shaquille O’Neal, the hope is that the company will be able to get a lot of attention and start bringing players over to its platform.
WynnBet will be shooting a variety of ads with Affleck, some of which will be longer in the two-minute range and others that will be 30 seconds and short both for television and social media.