Think you have an acute cricket sense? For cricket-philes like you down with cricket fever this world cup season, the new Facebook game Cricket Pundit - designed by my friends Mitanshu Garg and Divyatman Khare - is just what the doctor ordered. Cricket Pundit is basically a virtual game that lets you bet on upcoming matches and win attractive prizes!
There are several pre-decided bet conditions for a match and you can spend points as virtual cash against your bets. Each user is given 10000 points to get going with. A typical example of a bet: How many wickets will Netherlands take against England? with options as <3, 3-5, 5-7 and >7.
The game has caught on with the World Cup fever and has been a quite hit already with 379 registered users in the first 5 days since it was released on the night of 15th Feb. 229 bets were placed for the warm-up match between India and New Zealand and 440 bets for the first ODI India vs Bangladesh.
The prizes are sponsored by Scopial. First prize for bests placed on India vs Bangladesh match was a Scopial tee shirt while 2nd to 16th rank winners got a 15% discount coupon each. List of prize winners are published after every match on the Cricket Pundit Wall.
Mitanshu had earlier come up with a virtual stock exchange game that allowed you to trade shares using points (virtual cash) during his IIT Roorkee days. He was also part of the team that helped the IIM - Ahmedabad come up with Cricstock.com during the 2007 World Cup (TOI article).
I have already suffered heavy losses as my insight into cricket ain’t that great you know But if you are a die hard fan of the sport this is one social game you should definitely take a dekko at!
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