A new fantasy football app launched this week by a trio of Maltese friends has already climbed the local download rankings and has high hopes of taking over internationally.
POANG is a hybrid fantasy football game based on real player performance. It emphasizes the role of a football manager by including role-playing activities, such as having a scouting team, financial team and real stadiums that earn you money in the game. game based on actual attendance at that particular stadium.
Users also have the option to purchase players from the top 7 European national leagues (England, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands), as well as teams participating in the Champions League and the Europa League. .
The app takes its name from the Swedish name for the point or score.
âWe don’t have any Scandinavian connection but we thought it was a catchy name,â the guys told Lovin Malta.
Luca Amato, Steve Zammit Briffa and Patrick Camilleri have been working on the game since 2015. Earlier this year, they secured substantial local funding from Harvest, the technology division of Hili Ventures. And now they’ve finally launched the full product.
The most interesting thing about POANG is that it mixes two concepts that already exist in isolation and which are very successful on their own. On the one hand, you have fantasy football, which is a popular game for football in Europe, and the sport in general in the US and other countries outside the EU. On the other hand, you have soccer manager games which are simulated role playing games in which the user plays the role of a football coach or trainer.
The guys started working on the app two years ago while juggling their full-time jobs. Luca was a full-time corporate lawyer, Patrick was a director of an IT company, and Steve, also a lawyer, threw big parties (Sunglasses at Night) and smaller events (with his wife) for a living.
âOur different areas of expertise have helped us approach different areas of the business,â they told Lovin Malta, noting that technology is only part of a business like this.
âWe kept our full-time jobs for two years before taking the plunge. We worked on POANG weekdays from 8 p.m. until the early hours of the morning. But what we thought was a side project quickly became our main focus. “
âIn 2016, we decided we needed funding to move this business forward, so we approached Harvest Technology, the technology division of Hili Ventures, to make that dream come true. Fast forward a few months, and we’re now funded and have our own offices in the Hili Ventures building, and we’re all working on this project full time.
It seems like hard work pays off. Within days of going live, POANG has already registered thousands of downloads, surpassing local App Store rankings for free games and ranking in the top 20 for free apps overall.
Find POANG Fantasy Football on iOS, Android, Facebook, or the Web.
And check out the promo which might remind you of another great local campaign videoâ¦
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