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 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.