By Jonathan Copping, Stone King LLP, London, UK
With the start of the 2018-19 Champions League this month, UEFA has also launched its 2018-19 gaming hub. The gaming hub allows individuals to play a variety of games based around the outcomes of matches in the Champions League as well as performances of the individual players.
The hugely popular Fantasy Football allows individuals to spend €100million on selecting a squad of fifteen players from those included within the participants’ teams Champions League squads. Each individual player is assigned a value based on their predicted performances in matches. Points are scored in a variety of ways, including goals scored; assists made; and clean sheets. Fantasy Football has long been a hugely popular activity, with the Official English Premier League version having 5,663,334 players!
Other features of the UEFA gaming hub also include the predictor, where individuals have to predict the score of each match and gain points for a variety of correct predictions, specifically, predicting the correct score line; result; margin of victory; and number of goals.
UEFA is offering a number of prizes for the group stage winner; the season winner; five season runners-up; and a grand prize winner. The grand prize winner will receive flights, accommodation and match tickets to the Champions League final on 1 June 2019.
UEFA also has a live manager feature, which allows individuals to select three players that are eligible to start a match. Once the match has kicked off, the individuals are allowed to make three substitutions during the match, and the players substituted out will stop scoring points once they are removed, with the players substituted in, scoring points from the next minute of the match. The idea is for individuals to follow the matches live and make substitutions based on the performance and predicted future performance in the remainder of the match. Points are scored for a variety of outcomes and more points are scored depending on the unlikelihood of an event happening. For example, an assist by a goalkeeper will earn an individual 16 points; whereas an assist by a forward will earn 8 points.
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