A relative newbie in the fantasy gaming arena, Draftster was branded and trademarked by Victory Sports and Entertainment, LLC in 2013 and was officially launched in 2014. Based in Santa Monica, California, Draftster rapidly made a name for itself in the industry with over 2500 players signing up within the first 3 months.
Draftster has been fully accredited by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association in addition to being a partner with SportsData which ensure its credibility and brand recognition in the fantasy gaming industry and also providing access to up-to-date information on contests and their players.
What they offer
Players on Drafter can compete in NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL and CFL contests though in comparison to many other fantasy gaming sites, these are not season long contests and only last a day or week at most. This is an advantage in the context that players do not have to wait an entire season to try out a different lineup and instead can change the lineup every week or on a daily basis.
Contestants can participate in 3 main categories of competitions:
- 50/50 – These are competitions with a fixed buy-in value(between $1 – $100) and as well as a maximum number of contestants (normally between 6 and 40). Contestants reaching the top half of the competition split the prize pool thereby winning almost double the amount of the entry fee.
- Top 3 – Again a contest with a fixed buy-in and a fixed number of contestants, the first three contestants of each group win 45% of the pot 30% and 15% of the prize pool for the respective places.
- Winner Takes All (WTA) – The winner of the contest claims the entire prize pool and the value of the buy-ins is variable with a limited number of participants.
In addition, there is also a practice game, the NFL Practice League for amateurs can practice with before embarking on the big adventure.
Signing up for Draftster is a simple process and requires submission of some simple details such as your name, resident country and state in addition to a valid email address. Afterwards, select your username and password and you have full access to Draftster to start playing daily fantasy games.
However players from the states of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Vermont, Puerto Rico, Quebec are not allowed to play on Draftster and unlike other fantasy gaming sites players from the state of Arkansas are also unfortunately not allowed to play on Draftster.
Payments and Bonuses
Draftster accepts payments via PayPal, credit cards, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover debit cards. The minimum daily deposit accepted by Draftster is $10 and the maximum deposit per day is $500.
Mastering site navigation
Draftster has a clean yet eye-catching website which gives the user a feeling of fantasy gaming upon arrival at the home page of the site. Thus the visual experience of the site is satisfying to both pro fantasy gamers as well as newcomers. In addition the site is easily navigable and is easy to master.
Upon logging in to the site, you can join a game of choice by clicking the Contests link. There are filters which enable filtering of contests by the type of sport, the size of the game, the type of game as well as the entry fee.
Building a lineup on Draftster is also a simple process. Upon selection of a position to be filled in the team, all eligible players and their details including the salary, matchup and game time are displayed on the screen. Upon selection of a player, the rest of the players are automatically moved to the next available position on the team and the process continues until the entire team has been selected. Players are sorted by their salary and extra details about players can be viewed by clicking on their profile image.
Like all other fantasy gaming providers, Draftster also charges a standard industry rate as their rake (as a commission of the buy-in fee) and the percentage charged decreases as the value of a buy-in for a game increases.
Mobile Device Compatibility
Though lacking in terms of an android or IOS app, Draftster has a dedicated mobile site for players on the go and is comprehensively functional allowing players to edit lineups, join leagues and view contest results upon logging in via a mobile device.
The interface is clean and simplistic and also allows players to view account information, deposit and withdraw cash in addition to viewing leaderboards on a mobile device.
For personalised query handling, at the moment, Draftster does not have a live chat option. However players can contact the Draftster team via telephone during business hours and the team can also be contacted via email at all times of the day with quick responses to any queries made.
Alongside seven to ten other sites in the fantasy gaming industry, Draftster too is competing to reach that coveted third position in the ranking of fantasy gaming sites and we have to say that as a new entrant to the arena, Draftster has done extremely well in capturing a large player base and is growing in popularity.
Draftster has also done its marketing right by advertising in the television, radio and even entered into partnerships with sites such as dailyfantasycafe.com for affiliate marketing.
Thus it is safe to say that Draftster is definitely set to make some noise in the future and is a site worth exploring for fantasy gaming fans out there.