Considering the fact that nothing is as potent in India right now, as the Cricket mania, another player has jumped into the Fantasy Cricket game bandwagon. Hungama Game Studios has launched Cricket Stock Exchange or CSX, a virtual fantasy game where players can trade stocks of their favorite cricketers using virtual money. Hungama has partnered with Cricket journalist Ayaz Memon’s “Cricket Wallah” for this venture. The stock prices depend on the performance of cricketers in actual matches and on articles written and published by Cricketwallah. The site is in Beta testing stage at this moment. MediaNama readers might recall that a similar game was launched by Ibibo just before the start of the World Cup.
The site features a Marketplace section, where players can search for and buy stocks of individual cricketers or even cricket teams, a Pavillion section where players can participate in polls and trivia to win virtual currency, an Articles section with articles on pre and post match analysis by Ayaz Memon and a Stat It section with player and team statistics. A leaderboard to feature players with the highest portfolio value will be launched soon. On registration, the user gets CS$ 20,000 ,a virtual currency, which is used for trading stocks.
The interface of the site is nifty in comparison to Ibibo’s CricEx, with fancy sliders for portfolio tracking and a Ticker at the bottom with latest stock prices. The stock quote also features a simple graph for the cricketer’s stock price in the last few days. All this, at present, does not involve the use of real money as that would involve stepping into a controversial territory. However, Hungama is keen to introduce Micro-Transactions for monetizing the site.
Other fantasy Cricket games include ESPN-Star’s Super Selector, War Of Cricket and Zapak Cricket, among many others.