No. 1 most popular fantasy football game up +21% over last year
Prediction games platform also reaches new milestones
New pick’em games include Dancing with the Stars Fan Challenge
ESPN Fantasy Football, the No. 1 most popular fantasy football game, established a new all-time record for sign-ups this season, up +21% over last year and up +3% over the previous high set in 2019. The new milestone for Fantasy Football follows record participation in the 2020-21 seasons of ESPN Fantasy Basketball and Fantasy Hockey, which also set all-time highs for sign-ups over the previous year, up +21% and +8%, respectively.
Through Week 3 of the pro football season, the ESPN Fantasy App reached more than 10 million unique fans (up +16% over last year), generating 1.8 billion minutes of usage (up +4%), and the average visitor has spent more than three hours on the app.
Also, since launching a new, next-generation prediction game platform prior to the 2020 NFL Draft, ESPN Fantasy has run more than 125 unique contests across 16 sports and entertainment categories, with nearly 100 million picks made by millions fans playing the games. In September alone, the prediction game platform, on which highly popular games Pigskin Pick’em, College Pick’em and Eliminator Challenge are built, accounted for more than 1 million unique fans, driven by NFL, college football and UFC games developed by ESPN Fantasy. The latest game created on ESPN’s prediction game platform is the Dancing With The Stars Fan Challenge, the first weekly pick‘em style game for ballroom-savvy DWTS fans.
About ESPN Fantasy
Part of Disney’s Media and Entertainment Distribution segment, ESPN Fantasy is the No. 1 provider in fantasy sports with a comprehensive portfolio of award-winning games and content serving more than 20 million fantasy players across the web, mobile, audio, linear TV, and streaming video. Drawing on resources from nearly every aspect of the division, ESPN Fantasy continues to innovate, expand and reach new and younger audiences through all of its products.
ESPN Fantasy Football is available on both the ESPN Fantasy App and ESPN.com, with exclusive, premium content for ESPN+ subscribers and the fantasy sports industry’s most comprehensive collection of expert analysis, news, statistical data, and tools across app, web, television, and audio to help all fans be more competitive in their leagues.
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