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Wednesday 18 January 2017

Madigan switches to GAA for online game launch

Sean Duffy

Published 28/07/2016 | 02:30

Rugby star Ian Madigan
Rugby star Ian Madigan

Ireland rugby star Ian Madigan has launched a new fantasy sports platform aimed at GAA and rugby fans.

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The Ireland and Bordeaux out-half is the face of Gameday, a fan-focused gaming platform based on statistical analysis which allows users to compete against their friends for cash.

GAA Fantasy will be launched for this weekend's All-Ireland matches and will run until the culmination of the senior football championship in September.

Madigan believes the launch of Gameday will address a gap in the market for under-represented sports fans.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Madigan said: "When we first started this project it was from a frustration at the lack of stats openly available in rugby, and the lack of a representative fantasy game.

"We have had a great reaction to what we are trying to do now we see a very similar situation in GAA. GAA is a fantastic sport and with such a huge following it's amazing that there is such a lack of any meaningful stats."

The company has been developing the product for the past year, and says it has established a community of 20,000 users.

In addition, Gameday says that sports clubs will be able to use the platform to run fundraisers by creating competitive leagues among club members.

Players can sign up for this weekend's action at gaafantasy.co

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