Fantasy sports, also known as roto or rotisserie, have been around for quite some time. Some experts claim that people started playing fantasy sports leagues for fun shortly after the Second World War, but it is widely known fact that they became quite popular during the late Seventies. The concept is simple, participants select players from a particular league in a particular sport and then they compete against each other throughout the course of one season. The winner is decided based on the combined performances of their individual players in determined statistical categories. The emergence of online fantasy sports drastically increased the popularity of fantasy sports and there are numerous websites where sports lovers are allowed to create their teams for a certain fee, where winners earn significant sums of money when the season is over. Daily fantasy sports are a slightly newer, but not less popular concept, where the teams are created on a daily/weekly basis and the prizes are cashed-out as soon as the match-day is over. Currently there are numerous websites that offer real money competitions and bellow are some of the best.
FanDuel was established in 2009 and are widely known for their pioneering efforts in developing the daily fantasy sports format which has become one of the most popular and exciting types of online fantasy sports games. An internal research, conducted by Hubdub was the starting point for FanDuel and the site was launched on the 21st of July 2009 as a joint venture of Scottish Enterprise and Pentech Ventures. The company now employs 80 people and has offices in New York City and Edinburgh. The estimate of pay-outs in prizes for 2014 is about $400 million.
DraftKings is one of the fastest growing sites for fantasy sports with an accent on the daily format. Bearing in mind that it was established in 2012, which means that it's still fairly new, and yet it managed to become the second biggest website in the field, testifies to rapid success of DraftKings. The founders Jason Robins, Mat Kalish and Paul Liberman managed to improve on the success of their Vista Print and build a name for themselves in the daily format of fantasy sports. The company is based in Boston and their customers come from the USA and Canada.
StarStreet is a daily fantasy sports site owned by the company with the same name, founded by Jeremy Levin who is also the CEO and Nicolo Giorgi who is the Tech lead. The company is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The site was launched in 2009 it has cashed-out millions of dollars to fantasy sports fans all over U.S. and Canada.
DraftDay is a daily fantasy sports site, which offers various types of online fantasy sports types and combinations. Their website features a unique design and a high level of customization. The website is specialized in daily fantasy sports, where the players get to pick their team for one day, eventually week, instead of being stuck with the same team for the whole season. The company is based in Chicago and it was founded by Andrew Wiggins and Taylor Caby.
Brian Schwartz, Jeremy Elbaum, Mark Nerenberg and Michael Kibort established Skyllzone LLC with a rather bold goal- to change and revolutionize the world of fantasy sports. Their goal was to create a site where people from all over the U.S. will compete against each other in various sports. They saw the opportunity because the world of fantasy sports was quite limited at that time. During the next, 2010, the Skylllzone team released DraftStreet.com. They are still dedicated to improving the quality of the online fantasy sports, always looking to make the game more enjoyable and user-friendly. They real money competitions have lucrative cash prizes and attract a great number of players.