Challenge anyone instantly to a fantasy football game through your phone - Instant, Mobile, Fantasy Sports! Read more
This project was successfully funded on September 18, 2013.
About this project
"This app is the fantasy owners, the fantasy players DREAM! FanDrafter is not only original, but phenomenal."
- FantasyJAM Podcast
"FanDrafter is nice and simple, mobile is exactly the way people want it. There’s no excuse for anyone that plays fantasy sports to not have this app on their phone."
- Sports Infusion Podcast
"If you love playing fantasy football, but don’t have the time or patience to commit to an entire four-month season, then we have found your easy solution: FanDrafter...an industry game-changer"
- All Out Blitz
Ready for instant, mobile, fantasy sports? We are!
FanDrafter offers a new, innovative approach for casual fans and diehard fantasy players to connect with one another: instant, mobile, fantasy sports! The entire app is built around the multiplayer experience, it allows you to play a fantasy football game instantly through your phone without any season commitment or previous experience. (Think: Words-With-Friends only Fantasy Football!)
Our platform leverages today's mobile connectivity to offer a new level of interactive gaming that hasn't been done before in the industry. FanDrafter has fundamentally changed the fantasy gaming experience forever.
We're here raising money on KICKSTARTER to expand our app so everyone can get a chance to play. KICKSTARTER has proven to be an amazing platform for accelerating big and small ideas alike. We want to share our passion of fantasy sports, FanDrafter, and the future of instant, mobile, fantasy sport gaming. Help us to: Challenge Everyone.
Necessity: The Mother of all inventions.
FanDrafter was born out of a frustration that the leaders in the fantasy sports industry were undeserving their consumers.
Years ago, FanDrafter CEO Alex Tamayo and a friend were in a bar bragging to each other about their fantasy football teams. Their teams had similar players and both friends played on the same site. The bragging continued until Alex said to his friend, “Hey, it’s just too bad we can’t play against each other.”. Because the two teams were in two different fantasy leagues.
Even though they both played the same game on the same site and had a few of the same players, neither of them could connect or challenge each other to a fantasy football game. The fantasy sports industry just doesn't work that way. Sites still force users to register & create leagues online before the start of the season. Users must still commit to an entire season and most leagues are ‘private’ by default, where league members can play against each other but can’t play against players or friends from other leagues and certainly not with random individuals.
We waited years (literally waited year-to-year!) for a site to offer the type of features and experiences that we and our friends could only talk about. Until last year when we got tired of waiting and released a beta version of our FanDrafter app to 50 lucky users.
“My wife, father-in-law and I would select new teams each week and all played against each other while we watched the games every Sunday, it was great!”
Mike V., Beta Tester
“For a newbie like me who never played before, FanDrafter was awesome! Easy, fun and made watching football even better!”
Jason S., Beta Tester
“I ran into a buddy of mine who sells sports cards and told him about FanDrafter. His eyes lit up when I told him that you can challenge anyone at any time.”
Zack A., Marketing Consultant
50 lucky users...
Last year, during the last 8 weeks of the 2012 NFL season, FanDrafter released a “minimum viable product” to 50 users as a beta test of our platform, successfully being the first to market with this innovative mobile fantasy sports gameplay.
The results and reactions we received from our testers were amazing. We quickly realized 2 things:
1. We all had more friends that wanted to play with us (who already had teams in other leagues & websites) than the available open spots in our already full fantasy leagues.
2. Friends who always wanted to play fantasy sports but hadn't tried it yet because of one reason or another.
FanDrafter solved both problems.
We weren’t alone in wanting the ability to play instant, mobile, fantasy sports. With FanDrafter you can have your league and freedom to play whomever, whenever and as many times you want.
FanDrafter is designed, built and tested.
We are committed to offering simply the best instant mobile fantasy gaming experience currently unavailable in the fantasy industry. It’s free to play and always will be. But while the game is free, the statistics and hosting providers needed to scale for a large audience isn’t; with your help through KICKSTARTER we won’t be stopping here.
We’re already hard at work developing a more robust version of our full platform for NFL football and over the next year we expect to accompany it with platforms for MLB, NBA, NCAA (Football & Basketball), NHL, NASCAR, PGA, SOCCER & WNBA - 9 platforms in all.
Join the development process and make your voice heard.
We had tons of fun last year playing on FanDrafter with our beta testers. But we want to give everyone the chance to play fantasy sports this way.
KICKSTARTER makes that possible.
By backing our project you have the chance to directly affect the direction and future of fantasy sports. Your voice and guidance will be critical to making FanDrafter everything we know it can be.
Started by two friends who are fantasy sports enthusiasts with backgrounds in user interface, graphic design, project management, and training development for companies within the tech industry. FanDrafter was developed by fans for fans and has support from an international development team and now we’re excited to build a product that will truly change an industry and game we have come to love so much.
Become part of our story, join us!
Support FanDrafter and help us: “Challenge Everyone”
Our original goal of 30K is fine. It is the bare minimum we can use to release FanDrafter for the 2013 season. But if you're like us, once Football is over, you don't just turn off the "fan in you"! Help us raise as much as we can so we can make COOLER STUFF! As we hit each goal we'll update you on our plans and (probably) release MORE REWARDS!!!! Help us change the future of fantasy sports SOONER! Help us: Challenge Everyone.
Risks and challenges
FanDrafter is designed, built and tested. Last year we wanted to test our concept of offering instant, mobile, fantasy sports; A. to see if we could do it -and- B. to see if people liked it. The smile on the faces of all our testers was our answer! We don't foresee many 'risks' for this season. The only risk we do anticipate is not raising the funds enough to support the platform for THIS season!
We've already put our blood, sweat, tears and years into this project. Last year's beta test, was just that, a test. But now we want to do more and WE NEED YOUR HELP to do so. It's not like a regular game app where you can just finish designing it and set it free, there are new overhead costs to running the platform every year: statistics, updates to the platform and hosting just to name a few.
We've already made history with last year's release, proving we know what we're doing with it and that it's wanted and needed. We've already accepted this challenge, now, help us Challenge Everyone!
(FanDrafter is not affiliated with NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, WNBA, PGA, NASCAR, NCAA or PREMIERE LEAGUE. All logos, images and likenesses are used for identification purposes only and in no way are meant to imply an endorsement, sponsorship, or recommendation of any goods, services and/or products offered by FanDrafter.)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
That’s the best part, FanDrafter doesn’t require you to register before the start of the season. We’re planning on opening sometime after the start of the season between weeks 3-4 of the 2013 NFL season. Since we are focused on instant, one on one challenges, you can download it and start playing instant daily or weekly challenges with anyone you want the day we launch! No season long commitment or previous experience necessary!
We were pumped that everyone loved our beta version last year! Now we want everyone to have the chance to use FanDrafter. In order to get it ready for a large audience not only do we need larger server space but we have to re-subscribe to statistics providers to drive the real-time scoring, a recurring yearly overhead cost. –So share the campaign with your friends and we can get there faster!
Believe us, we hear the same thing from the guys in our fantasy league! (we’re calling you out Patrick!) Mobile apps are not universal platforms (even though it may seem that way), they have to be designed and programed to work on every platform separately. So iOS apps only work on iOS devices, and then must be re-programed to be ported (converted) into an Android platform and so on for Windows, Blackberry…
We’re a true bootstrap start-up company, an American underdog story, so when we asked ourselves what we could do with the limited budget we had 3 years ago, we only had enough to make FanDrafter for one platform, we chose the most popular platform at the time: iOS (Galaxy phones & tablets didn’t even exist 3 years ago…). In addition to also being the most restrictive platform, if we got through all the red tape that Apple makes you cut through and it was accepted and worked on iOS, porting it over to Android should be a breeze. Launching FanDrafter for Android is the top of our list for the future!
No. Every year we'd think that someone would finally "get a clue" and release something like this, and when we realized no one was thinking this way, we got tired of waiting and did it ourselves.
Last year we became the first company in the industry to launch instant, mobile, fantasy sports.
The ability to challenge a friend instantly and create daily or weekly games, draft through a mobile app and play a fantasy football game has never been done before. We are convinced that this is the next new frontier for the fantasy sports industry. We have some awesome features coming out in the next versions of FanDrafter that even existing traditional fantasy websites haven’t thought of yet!
First, let’s dispel the idea that those sites are fantasy sports websites, they aren’t – they are gambling websites and they say so right on the front page.
Only 34% of fantasy players strictly play for the sole purpose of making money. They aren’t fantasy sites really, as they don’t offer any game play customization or any premium features associated with industry leaders. Not to mention a negative gambling stigma to overcome, oh and they are all traditional websites.
We believe that mobile gaming is the future of the fantasy industry. Being able to create and challenge a friend instantly, through your phone, without registering for a website (being connected to an internet landline) or paying money to challenge a friend is the next step for fantasy sports. We’re focused on you, our users. Our goal at FanDrafter is to become the best instant, mobile, fantasy gaming platform available.
Pledge $3 or more
<<<<<THE PIGSKIN>>>>>Thank You! Help us take fantasy sports to the next level! You’ll receive a sincere thank you from the FanDrafter team and we’ll keep you posted on all our updates for this season and beyond!Estimated delivery:
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<<<<<POP-WARNER>>>>>A custom FanDrafter KICKSTARTER Thank You postcard (think of it as a 3 ½” x 5” work of art) from the CEO & COO AND 3-pack Custom designed FanDrafter desktop backgrounds & wallpapers for iPhone and Android phones made especially for this KICKSTARTER campaign guaranteed to sting your retinas! PLUS: Be one of the first to know when we launch FanDrafter! *see Rewards for preview!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $20 or more
<<<<<VARSITY TEAM>>>>>ALL POP-WARNER LEVEL REWARDS + Your name included in a custom FanDrafter KICKSTARTER Honor Poster along with every name of each one of our backers, a poster both the CEO and COO will have hanging in our office and homes (we will never forget you)! Your name on our website thanking you as a KICKSTARTER backer for all the world to see and a Facebook & twitter shout out(you’ll be trending!!) and of course, a subscription to FanDrafter! *see Rewards for preview!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $35 or more
<<<<<ALL-STATE>>>>>(SWAG LEVEL)ALL VARSITY TEAM LEVEL REWARDS + Free advanced premium cheats and upgrades on every updated version of FanDrafter! *Believe us, we’re only scratching the surface here...we wish we could spill a little of our “secret sauce” here but, ugh....they’re so worth the wait (this is a no brainer)! Just in time for football season: A custom FanDrafter t-shirt! Just like the ones the FanDrafter team wear out and about (ALL-STATE t-shirt ONLY available on this level, is NOT included in higher levels). Exclusive FanDrafter KICKSTARTER football bottle Koozie and exclusive FanDrafter KICKSTARTER keychain bottle opener (both proven to keep the cold drinks colder and your pop tops popped!) *see Rewards for preview!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $70 or more
4 backers Limited (36 left of 40)
<<<<<COLLEGIATE>>>>>(EARLY BIRD SPECIAL)ALL STATE LEVEL REWARDS + 1 WEEK EARLY ACCESS to FanDrafter before anyone else as special honorary Beta tester! We’ll call you directly and make sure you’re all set to play with us as we hunt for any last minute bugs a week before “the doors open”. Your name in the app thanking you as a: Creative Backer (our names weren’t even in the original beta!!!) and an exclusive limited edition FanDrafter BETA KICKSTARTER t-shirt (the real nice tagless t-shirts that all the kids are talking about! We will limit the production to only you 40 people, we will never make THIS t-shirt again!)**PLEASE ADD $10 FOR U.S. DOMESTIC SHIPPING *see Rewards for preview!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
<<<<<ROSE BOWL>>>>>ALL STATE LEVEL REWARDS + Your name listed in the credits of the FanDrafter app itself as a Creative Backer (our names weren’t even in the original beta!!!) and exclusive limited edition FanDrafter KICKSTARTER t-shirt (real sweet tagless t-shirts, not the cheap thin ones you find from the bootleggers in the ball game parking lot! Limited to this KICKSTARTER campaign only, once they’re gone...they’re gone!)**PLEASE ADD $10 FOR U.S. DOMESTIC SHIPPING *see Rewards for preview!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $250 or more
<<<<<HEISMAN>>>>>ALL ROSE BOWL REWARD LEVELS + Replace Your Face! Have your photo replace the picture of an NFL player in our app! For one week, your picture will be viewed in place of any players picture in FanDrafter, requests on a first come first served basis! How cool is this gonna be? Have you ever drafted yourself onto your fantasy football team? (unless your name is Maurice Jones Drew....the answer is probably NO.) and a personal phone call from the FanDrafter team!**PLEASE ADD $10 FOR U.S. DOMESTIC SHIPPING *see Rewards for preview!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $500 or more
<<<<<PRO>>>>>ALL ROSE BOWL REWARD LEVELS + Early FanDrafter BETA invitations for all new future versions of FanDrafter (2.0+ including MLB, NBA & NHL)! Get your hands on our beta platforms before anyone else! Work directly with the FanDrafter team and help shape the future of fantasy sports by testing our new platforms as they launch and give us your feedback on the features you want to see! And a custom printed FanDrafter regulation size Wilson football signed by the creators of FanDrafter! (Like the one in the video, these are so sweet, we’re gonna order a couple more for holiday gifts! (shopping: done.)) and a personal phone call from the FanDrafter team!**PLEASE ADD $20 FOR U.S. DOMESTIC SHIPPING *see Rewards for preview!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,200 or more
<<<<<PRO BOWL>>>>>ALL PRO LEVEL REWARDS + Championship Founders Ring! Your own exclusive FanDrafter Founder bling reserved for our diehard high level backers only! These are real big pieces of hardware that you can get engraved and place right on your desk as a paper weight or rock it on a chain around your neck Jersey style! Challenge us to a FanDraftger game and come see it unfold live when you join us in person at an NFL game (our treat) in San Diego, San Francisco or Oakland! (game TBD), your name on our website and app as a Founding Backer AND help shape future releases (through 2015) of FanDrafter by receiving special focus group invites. (You will have to provide your own travel and accommodation to and from the game) - Don’t think of this as a reward, it’s an experience. A see it to believe it sorta thing. To us, you are already part of our FanDrafter family. *see Rewards for more details.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $2,200 or more
<<<<<PRO BOWL MVP>>>>>ALL PRO LEVEL REWARDS + (We figured, you may want to bring someone else with you (it's a good excuse to make someone else drive!)) 2 Championship Founders Rings! Your own exclusive FanDrafter Founder bling reserved for our diehard high level backers only! These are real big pieces of hardware that you can get engraved and place right on your desk as a paperweight or rock it on a chain around your neck Jersey style! Challenge us to a FanDraftger game and come see it unfold live when you and a guest join us in person at an NFL game (our treat) in San Diego, San Francisco or Oakland! (game TBD), your names on our website and app as a Founding Backers AND help shape future releases (through 2015) of FanDrafter by receiving special focus group invites. (You will have to provide your own travel and accommodation to and from the game) - Don’t think of this as a reward, it’s an experience. A see it to believe it sorta thing. To us, you are already part of our FanDrafter family. *see Rewards for more details.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $4,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)
<<<<<“THE CATCH”>>>>>ALL PRO LEVEL REWARDS + Of all the rewards...this is the one that means the most to us: A Dwight Clark (the catch) autographed copy of TECMO BOWL (only one in existence in the world) and the CEOs original Nintendo Entertainment System that he had as a child that would inspire FanDrafter later in life! A member of the FanDrafter team a long time ago as a child bumped into Dwight Clark, growing up in Northern California...everyone knows “The Catch” that took place between Montana and Clark, the touchdown thrown in the NFC Championship Game to win the whole thing over the Cowboys in 1982. You don’t just bump into football royalty and NOT get an autograph, right? And it just so happened, this was the only thing he had on him, thus making it the only one possibly in existence! (and we have the photo of the autograph happening to prove it!) Dwight himself said it was the first video game he ever autographed. In either case, the signature is authenticated with its own certificate. How many “fantasy” NFL simulations were played on TECMO BOWL as a kid, we couldn’t tell you but just to make it a few more, we’re also giving you an original NES system that belongs to the CEO, this project means-that-much-to-us. As if that weren’t enough, challenge us to a FanDraftger game and come see it unfold live when you join us in person at an NFL game (our treat) in San Diego (game TBD) AND one game in either San Francisco or Oakland (games TBD), your name on our website and app as a Founding Backer. (You will have to provide your own travel and accommodation to and from the games) This is not a reward, to us, it’s a good trade, we know whoever we hand this reward level to, will be a true FanDrafter alum. *see Rewards for more details.Estimated delivery:
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2 backers All gone!
<<<<<BIG GAME>>>>>ALL PRO LEVEL REWARDS + Game on a Plane! We’ve done this a few times and believe us when we say, it is the ONLY way to see an NFL game. We called in some favors from a few old, bold, pilot friends of ours (from a past life) and came up with this one-of-a-kind experience. You and a guest meet up with us in San Diego flying round trip from Los Angeles to San Diego (game TBD) in your very own private plane(pilot included) and play along with us as you and your guest watch a Chargers game with the CEO & COO along with other backers of FanDrafter; 2 Championship Founders Rings! Your own exclusive FanDrafter Founder bling reserved for our diehard high level backers only; your names on our website and app as a Founding Backers AND help shape future releases (through 2015) of FanDrafter by receiving special focus group invites! (same day round trip only, origination of the flight must be within 50 miles of LAX, no overnight accommodation provided) If you were looking to find that very special gift for that guy or girl that has everything, or just want to impress someone....look no further. *see Rewards for more details.Estimated delivery:
1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)
<<<<<HALL OF FAME>>>>>ALL PRO LEVEL REWARDS + Game on a Plane (part Deux)! (you looked further...) Ok, now this is something not even we have done. But if flying to San Diego to see a game is sweet, this one is sweeter! You and a guest meet up with us flying round trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco in your very own private plane (pilot included) and play along with us as we watch either a San Francisco or Oakland (games TBD) game with the CEO & COO along with other backers of FanDrafter; 2 Championship Founders Rings! Your own exclusive FanDrafter Founder bling reserved for our diehard high level backers only; your names on our website and app as a Founding Backers AND help shape future releases (through 2015) of FanDrafter by receiving special focus group invites! (same day round trip only, no overnight accommodation provided)...what else can we say but thank you, there’s no way to tell you how much this means to us, we hope that in sharing our rewards with you, that you can see how much we care about this. Thanks for your support. *see Rewards for more details.Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)