Our Mission

InGamer’s Mission:
To make the live events people watch more fun

The point of this post is to articulate that underlying philosophy of InGamer; how we view the content landscape and how we are positioning ourselves today to capitalize on the future as we see it.

So…we want to make live events more fun (starting with Sports). That is a basic statement masked in complexity. We are focused on real-time events and those who are watching them. Our product is being designed with that core target user in mind.

InGamer is focused on making the experience of watching live events within this modern multi-screen ecosystem more FUN.
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Head-Up experiences

The main goal of InGamer is to create an experience to attract & engage the casual sports fan. Casual sports fans WATCH sports. Not every sport and not every game, but they watch some games.  And audiences do not inherently want to be focused on other screens DURING the action – it’s the breaks in play that we aim to engage around…while allowing more hardcore users the opportunity to dive more deeply into the InGamer world.

We want fans to play InGamer ‘some times’. That is an important point – we do not expect people to play every game. If you only watch Monday Night Football each week, or Packers games, or Habs/Leafs games, then our goal is to spark InGamer play during those events.

Just because we don’t expect users to play every game, doesn’t mean we don’t want to acquire millions of users. There are 10's of thousands  of live sporting events...stretched out across every day of the year...so there are ample opportunities to engage. ‘Fantasy’ – typically – is a weekly activity during singular seasons, with 30-odd opportunities to really engage per year, thus engaging users EVERY time is the key to value. InGamer has 10,000s of potential engagement points. 

We are making sports gaming more accessible, more flexible and more inherently social…thus raising the engagement ceiling of live events

InGamer is a social game influenced by fantasy sports.
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The Modern Audience  

The other MAJOR philosophical aspect of InGamer that needs to be discussed is how we plan on taking advantage of the new multiscreen ecosystem that is evolving: best described by this oft-quoted stat - 86% of live sports watchers engage in a companion device at some point during their watching experience.

Before discussing how our InGamer approach fits into this shifting engagement paradigm, It’s useful to explore what decisions others are making.

SO…almost everyone watching sports shifts their attention from the main-screen to a secondary one during events. Great! That means they will automatically be more inclined to participate in an activity broadcasters tell them to participate in during the telecasts. Broadcasters know audiences are already using their phones/tablets/computers, so when they produce content/activities for those screens, and they promote that people can do it simultaneously with broadcast, the audience will surely engage with it. Right? I don't think so....

Audiences are multi-taskers not because they have to be, or are told to be, but because they want to be

Social network usage has effectively conditioned audiences to aim for instant gratification. The a-d-d audience now has the tools to be engaged and entertained whenever they chose. Boredom & passive watching is a thing of the past. Audiences can engage with whatever they want whenever they want to.

The fact that audiences are engaged in multiple screens during live events doesn’t mean that they are more inclined to just ‘DO’ something because it exists. If you build it, you can’t ‘make‘ them come. Facebook and Twitter have 100s of millions of users. It has taken time building their audience (a freakishly short period of time in the relation to past “things’). But one of the core tenets of their successes is that they don’t force users to do anything, They are social. Come and go as you please.  

Single live event based gaming built with the psychological dynamics of fantasy sports has the potential of being the most valuable bridge between live sports and the multi-tasking CASUAL sports fan audience
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InGamer gives audiences something else to do while they are watching sports without forcing them to change how they watch.

InGamer is “smart man’s” Fantasy built for the newbie. We have built the easiest way for the uninitiated to get a taste of what has become a major phenomenon. And new fans can do that at any point of a season, or even any point of an individual game. InGamer is the ultimate Fantasy appetizer!


And for hardcore players, the deeper you think about InGamer, the more strategic it can become…but anyone can play InGamer by simply clicking 2 buttons.



Quoth The Commissioner Nevermore


H—a—l—l—e—l—u—l—a--h! Hallelulah! Hallelulah! The NFL’s regular officiating crews will be back in time for the game tonight. No more non-existent illegal motion calls. No more perfect coverage called pass interference. No more penalties being marched off in the wrong direction. No more replacement officials who were fired from the Lingerie Football League for unfortunately being too blind to enjoy the game (right). And…really…no more interceptions called “Simultaneous Possession”.
Simply put, NO MORE BULL – JUST FOOTBALL.

Unfortunately for fans tonight, this creates a difficult game to watch.
The Ravens are just better on both sides of the ball. The Browns cannot hope for some kind of divine referee intervention or series of blown calls that can keep them in this one.  Weeden is not good. Browns’receivers are not good. The defense is not good with All Pro Joe Haden serving a suspension. For the Browns, tonight is NOT GOOD. So tonight we need help to make the game more exciting…WE NEED INGAMER!
So, what is INGAMER? Simple, it is an easy to play fantasy game for a single football game with the ability to change players each quarter. So you want to play, but you don’t know where to go or who to pick, right? We got your back. Let’s go through how to play and then breakdown some analysis of Browns at Ravens game tonight on NFL Network.

HOW INGAMER WORKS
So how does it work? You simply register for the game at www.ingamer.com. We make that easy too as you can use Facebook or  Google+ automatic sign in. Then, select tonight’s Browns Ravens matchup.  Then you will be asked to select five (5) players for tonight’s game. We suggest you select the Fill Squad button and then Submit as this automatically gives you a competitive roster.  Then, you can look into the matchup and make changes. You can also select a Captain. This player gets double points, that’s positive or negative points so be careful as this is the only player you can't change.  Then you plan where you will watch the game, invite your friends, find  rivals in InGamer and have a ton of fun. It’s that easy.

FINDING THE BEST PLAYERS
The great thing about InGamer is that the scoring (left) is designed to make sure players who have a good game for their teams, will have a good game for you. So you should select players that will help  their team the most and that will give you the highest score.  So, the Fill Squad button does some math to make sure you have a competitive team, but you want to  do more to determine who to pick. Well, the information is built into InGamer. You can find it all there  to help you make decisions. Here are some of our favorite plays tonight.

RAVENS TO PICK TONIGHT
Everyone knows Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and Ray Lewis as the offensive and defensive leaders of this Ravens team. They are ALL good plays tonight since the Browns defense gives up tons of points to QBs and RBs and Lewis is again among the leaders in solo tackles policing the middle of the field. These are obvious players to cycle through, but we wanted to give you some more insights into some players you might not have on your radar.


Jacoby Jones, WR

Last week we saw Jones beginning to find his place between the young speedster (Torrey Smith) and the aging star (Anquan Boldin). Jones runs tight routes and was open a lot more than Boldin. Smith played an emotional game so you cannot expect that to happen every week. His size (6’2” 212) and steady progression as an increased target is what is interesting here plus the fact that the Browns give up the third most points to WRs in the league. Expect Jones to take another step up and go over a hundred yards tonight.

Dennis Pitta, TE

Pitta is emerging as the Aaron Hernandez of the Ravens. An undrafted TE in most traditional fantasy leagues, he is eating up opposing defenses with his 6’ 4” 245 lbs frame. More than 2/3rds of his snaps come when he is lined up as a WR. He has been targeted 31 times and has more catches than the next highest receiver has targets. He is the MAN. Pitta has 18 rec for 188 yds to go with 2 TDs and has been as consistent as any receiver in the NFL.


Dannell Ellerbe, ILB

Ellerbe plays beside the great one each game and watches and learns. At only 6’1” 240, it is
his speed and pursuit that makes him a force to be reckoned with. Coming off a monster
game where his pressure on Brady changed the game with his 1.5 sacks and 8 solo tackles. He
should be counted on to do damage to the Cleveland OL and be in on tons of Trent Richardson tackles.

Ed Reed, FS

With interceptions in each of the first two games and 7 tackles last game, Reed continues to be statistically one of the games’ elite players. The 34 year old veteran has patrolled centerfield for the Ravens for years giving vicious hits to anyone who crosses the middle. Nursing a hamstring injury means you want to keep him out in quarter 1, but if he is fine, it is late in the game when Reed reads the QB and delivers his picks.



BROWNS TO PICK TONIGHT 
Here is the shocker. Even though we are predicting a Ravens blow out, there is one offensive player that could be important all game. There are also a couple of non-household names in this one on the defensive side of the ball who will pile up tackles on Rice when they fall behind.

Trent Richardson, RB

Richardson is the leading receiver and the leading rusher. He has more catches than any other player on the Browns. With 175 yds rushing and 3 total TDs, it is easy to rely on the only weapon this offense has especially early in the game when they will be trying to establish the run.

D’Qwell Jackson, LB
D’Qwell has one of the best names in football and is a road warrior. With 3 sacks on the road at Cincy in week 2 and 14 total tackles plus assists, he can help you statistically like he helps his team. He also had a pick in Week 1. No one on the Browns is a juggernaut so if you need to find a play, the University of Maryland product is your man.

TJ Ward, SS

TJ Ward’s ability to hit hard and intimidate is fueled by a feisty intense attitude. With 24 tackles plus assists, he is among the league leaders and displays the courage to hit hard in the middle of the field. Injuries plagued him last season and he swears he is 100% and it shows. Only one sack off the edge so far, but look for him to come a lot while Flacco and the Ravens run their new no huddle.

That is all for tonight. In blowouts, we can make the games more fun to watch with InGamer. So, HAVE FUN. Don’t overthink. Play the players you want to root for and those that you think will do the best.

So pick the place to watch the game. Grab your friends. Get the beer. AND….get in a blowout, Quoth the Ravens Nevermore with…INGAMER.

Rick Wolf is a consultant, player, radio host and writer in Fantasy Sports who with Glenn Colton has won 6 major expert titles in the last 10 years. Wolf started the Fantasy Sports Division at CBS Sports in 1996 and transformed Rotoworld.com in 2002 to be bought by NBCU in 2006.  Wolf is a founding board member of the FSTA, acted as its chairman from 2002-2006 and was elected to the FSTA Hall of Fame in 2011.  Wolf also co-hosts a popular radio show on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio – Colton and The Wolfman.  He can be found on Twitter @RickWolf1.

A Feast for the Beast


Don’t touch the clicker.  Don’t go to the bathroom.  Don’t go grab a beer!
Really?  Well, grab a beer from the fridge or bar…quickly, but keep your head on a swivel because the Beast is going to FEAST tonight. 
The Packers average allowing 117+ yards on the ground to RBs and that includes a Bears team in Week 2 without Matt Forte who hurt his knee after only 7 carries.  In Week 1, an aging Frank Gore looked like Jamal Charles against the Packers’ secondary who cannot even tackle the Green Bay rusher pictured on the right.  Back spasms or off-season spasms have caused Lynch to carry a lot of question marks. They were all removed in Week 2, when versus a tough Cowboy DT he racked up 122 yards and a TD on 22 carries. 
The Feast won’t be just for the Beast, although we won’t be having Rice, there will be a Chancellor, a Hawk, and Clay…and of course, no Feast is complete without corn on the Cobb.
So what do we need to feast?  We NEED to make games more FUN to watch.  We NEED a vested interest in the players on both sides of the ball.  We NEED an easy to play, but fun fantasy game.  

WE NEED INGAMER
So, what is INGAMER?  Simple, it is an easy to play fantasy game for a single football game with the ability to change players each quarter.
So you want to play, but you don’t know where to go or who to pick, right? We got your back. Let’s go through how to play and then breakdown some analysis of Packers at Seahawks game tonight on ESPN.

HOW INGAMER WORKS
So how does it work?  You simply register for the game at www.ingamer.com.  We make that easy too as you can use Facebook or Google+ automatic sign in.  Then, select tonight’s matchup – Packers at Seahawks. 
You will be asked to select five (5) players for tonight’s game.  We suggest you select the Fill Squad button and then Submit.  This automatically gives you a competitive roster for tonight game.  Then, you can look into the matchup and make changes.  You can also select a Captain.  This player gets double points, either positive or negative so be careful as this is the one player that you cannot change. All that's left is planning where you will watch the game, inviting your friends, finding InGamer rivals and having a ton of fun.  It’s that easy.
FINDING THE BEST PLAYERS
The great thing about InGamer is that the scoring (left) is designed to make sure players who have a good game for their teams, will have a good game for you.  So you should select players that will help their team the most and that will give you the highest score.
So, the Fill Squad button does some math to make sure you have a competitive team, but you want to do more to determine who to pick.  Well, the information is built into InGamer.  You can find it all there to help you make decisions.  Here are some of our favorite plays tonight.

SEAHAWKS TO PICK TONIGHT
Marshawn Lynch, RB
This is more a coronation of Lynch than it is an indictment of the Packers DT.  Lynch is that good.  Strong power north and south rusher who will have his way with running away from AJ Hawk.  With 22 for 122 and TD last week, he was able to avoid Sean Lee of the Cowboys and you should expect solid rushing and at least one TD tonight.

KJ Wright, LB 
The fourth round draft pick out of Mississippi State in 2011 took over as a starter after week 2 in 2011 and never looked back.  Coach Carroll credits Wright with keeping the defense together and his 8 tackles and 6 assists is second on the team.   Look for Wright to find an over the middle pass and get a pick.  At 6’4” and 250, he controls the middle for this tough Seahawk defense.

Kam Chancellor, SS
At 6’3” and 230+ lbs, the media constantly wants the Seahawks to consider converting Kam to an LB.  The former VaTech Free Safety now plays the strong side and supports the run plus covers the crossing routes as the key to the Seahawks defense this season.  He has 12 solo tackles and will have a lot of them tonight as the Packers get held to short passing game.




Packers TO PICK TONIGHT
Maybe we should start with who not to start.  Do not start any RBs for the Packers.  The Seahawks DT has only allowed 72 total yards this year to RBs.   Do not start kickers.  Seahawks do their job there too.  Only 4.5 pts per game averaged from the kicker position in their first two games.  So who to play:
Aaron Rodgers, QB
Rodgers will have to throw to beat this Seahawks defense.  He will throw early and often to the TE and to players out of the backfield.  Rodgers averaged over 300 yards passing per game last season while throwing 45 TDs.  This year, he threw for 300+ yards in week 1 and then in a game that turned into the Cedric Benson show because the Bears kept only seven in the box, the Pack opted not to throw.  The Seahawks believe they can stop both the pass and the run especially in one of the loudest buildings in the NFL.  Expect Aaron Rodgers to be the show with flip passes to Finley, Cobb and J Nelson who are all great after the catch.

Randall Cobb, WR
Cobb has lined up 20 times in the backfield in week 1.  In Week 2, they went with two TE sets and Cobb played sparingly in the backfield.  He will begin to get some rushes and swing passes from the backfield.  Watch the reports as we approach game time since Cobb had some hamstring issues as late as Friday.  Gut feel here. This week is a great spot for trickery against an aggressive Seahawks’ defense.  Cobb also returns all punts and kicks giving him extra value.

Jermichael Finley, TE
After two drops and inconsistent route running, Finley dedicated to getting back to week 1 form.  He has 11 catches and a TD in two games and the run heavy game 2 makes us think that caused the loss of focus since he was blocking 90% of the time.  Finley remains a dominant force at TE and a great short option for Rodgers.  Bank on Finley to help jump start Green Bay early and often.

A.J. Hawk, LB
As dominating a LB as there is in stopping the run.  He has 12 solo tackles and 7 assists this year.  He is not getting the sacks that he usually does, but that could change if he is tasked with shadowing Russell Wilson.  Wilson, a mobile QB, has yet to be cut loose and this could be the week if Green Bay decides to focus on stopping the Beast.  Media was critical of him in stopping the run and he has used that as motivation to prove that he is the best.  Seems to be working.

Clay Matthews Jr, LB
With 6 sacks in the first two games and his crushing performance in Week 2 that included 3.5 sacks of Jay Cutler.  Russell Wilson is much more elusive than the slower Cutler, but Matthews has the speed to track down the touted QB.  Matthews also has 10 tackles plus assists and drops into coverage often enough to get an occasional pick or defend passes.
Finally, HAVE FUN.  Don’t overthink.  Play the players you want to root for and those that you think will do the best.  Simple as that.
So pick the place to watch the game. Grab your friends. Get the beer.  AND….get ready for the FEAST…INGAMER.

Rick Wolf is a consultant, player, radio host and writer in Fantasy Sports who with Glenn Colton has won 6 major expert titles in the last 10 years. Wolf started the Fantasy Sports Division at CBS Sports in 1996 and transformed Rotoworld.com in 2002 to be bought by NBCU in 2006.  Wolf is a founding board member of the FSTA, acted as its chairman from 2002-2006 and was elected to the FSTA Hall of Fame in 2011.  Wolf also co-hosts a popular radio show on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio – Colton and The Wolfman.  He can be found on Twitter @RickWolf1

DON’T FORGET THE SALSA – Giants at Panthers
It’s Thursday and now the NFL has made sure that we have football to watch every Thursday night all season.  What does this mean?  It means more days to watch America’s greatest sport. 
As fantasy players we are trained that once the games start, we have to watch them all so we can see how OUR players are doing. We own them.  We are obligated to see how they do.  Single game nights like this can get so FREAKIN’ boring since sometimes we don’t OWN anyone. 
That is when it is time to add the SALSA.  Like Victor Cruz (left) when he scores or a guacamole & chips platter, you always need SALSA.
We NEED to make games more FUN to watch.  We NEED a vested interest in the players on both sides of the ball.  We NEED an easy to play, but fun fantasy game.    
WE NEED INGAMER
What the heck is INGAMER you ask?  Simple, it is an easy to play fantasy game for a single football game with the ability to change players each quarter.
So you want to play, but you don’t know where to go or who to pick, right? We got your back. Let’s go through how to play and then breakdown some analysis of Giants at Panthers game tonight on NFL Network.
HOW INGAMER WORKS
So how does it work?  You simply register for the game at www.ingamer.com.  We make that easy too as you can use Facebook or Google+ automatic sign in.  Then, select tonight’s matchup – Giants at Panthers.  You will then be asked to select five (5) players for tonight’s game.  We suggest you click on the fast pick button and then fill squad.  This will give you a competitive team for tonight's game.  Then, you can look into the matchup and make changes.  You can also select a Captain.  This player gets double points, that’s positive or negative points so be careful as this player can't be changed.
Then you plan where you will watch the game, invite your friends, find rivals in InGamer and have a ton of fun.  It’s that easy.

FINDING THE BEST PLAYERS
The great thing about InGamer is that the scoring is designed to make sure players who have a good game for their teams, will have a good game for you.  So you should select players that will help their team the most and that will give you the highest score.
So, the Fill Squad button does some math to make sure you have a competitive team, but you want to do more to determine who to pick.  Well, the information is built into InGamer.  You can find it all there to help you make decisions.  On top of that, we will give you some of our favorites below. 

GIANTS TO PICK TONIGHT
Andre Brown, RB
Brown emerged when Ahmad Bradshaw went down in the 2nd quarter with a neck injury rushing for 71 yards on only 13 carries.  He showed poise too when he laid down instead of scoring a TD with 1:20 left in the game, a skill that Bradshaw lacked in the Super Bowl in February.  With Bradshaw ruled out for tonight, bank on Brown to get the carries with David Wilson as the change of pace.  Carolina gives up 140 yards per game on the ground and 125 yards per game through the air to RBs.  Take advantage. This is tonight’s weakest link.

Rueben Randle, RB
This is the night.  With Hakeem Nicks ruled out, the young talent will get plenty of snaps to show his talents.  Many like Bardem better, but we are big Randle fans.  He is 6’ 4” tall and 210 lbs strong.  He dominated at LSU last year including peaking in the final game of the season vs Arkansas with a college career best 134 yards receiving.  Keep your eyes open for Reuben tonight.

Jason Pierre Paul, DE
As a player, he has a ceiling that is unmatched on the DL.  He could be a Reggie White type player within the next five years.  He is still only 23 years old and has only played for three years in the NFL.  People with the Giants say that he is only about 60% of the player he will be.  WOW.  With 16.5 sacks and 86 tackles last year, he is a guy who can bring the stats.  He has 7 tackles, 5 assists and a sack so far in this short season.  Great bet to get 3-4 tackles and a sack tonight.


Michael Boley, LB
Boley is a beast in coverage.  He drops back and shadows the running QBs in the Giants defense.  This gives him a chance to read the eyes.  He already has two picks in two games and is solid as far as tackles/assists.  If you think that the G-men will bottle up the Panthers, then Boley is a must have.

Antrelle Rolle, CB
InGamer rewards big for the players on both sides of the ball that give their team the most.  Rolle has been that guy so far.  With 12 solo tackles so far and the fact that he will be in coverage on a young Brandon LaFell and aging Steve Smith, is an opportunity for Rolle to have a pick.  We will Rolle with the veteran out of Miami tonight.

PANTHERS TO PICK TONIGHT
Cam Newton, QB
Almost impossible to ignore Newton for any fantasy game this week let alone one that has only players from these two teams.  The NY Giants got sliced and diced by Tony Romo in week 1 and catch this…Josh Freeman in week 2.  They have given up 550 yards passing and 5 TDs in the two games.  Newton has been no slouch throwing for 556 yards and more importantly rushing for 75 yards and a TD.   Bank on the 2nd year pro to come up big tonight.


Steve Smith, WR
Watching Vincent Jackson push off defenders to create space to make catches last week gives us confidence that Steve Smith will be able to do the same with replacement officials not brave enough to call those offensive interference calls.  The lowly Bucs are the only team to give up more yards to WRs this year than the Giants and that is because Eli threw for 510 yards against them last week.  Smith has quietly had two straight 100 yard games.  Expect 100 yards and a TD from the perennial pro bowler.

Justin Medlock, K
Weird to pick a kicker, but we really think that the Giants will hold the Panthers out of the end zone and this guy is good.  He is 28 years old and a former kicker for UCLA and although he has only made two kicks this season, we predict he will get 3 tonight.

Charles Godfrey, DB
With Eli proving that he throws picks especially in the first half, this is the perfect selection.  Godfrey has an interception and 12 solo tackles leading the team in both categories.  He is tough and can cover Cruz.  Most importantly, with Nicks out, he will see two very young receivers and be able to teach them a thing or two.

Dwan Edwards, DB
After dominating the Tampa Bay line in week 1, Dwan is now the starter and showing up.  His bull rush is leading to pocket breakdown in the middle and will lead to a couple of sacks of Eli as like his brother he is not exactly fleet of foot.  Since Andre Brown and David Wilson are more inside runners, the 31-year old veteran should be able to clog up the middle and rack up the tackles and assists.

STRATEGY TIPS
So, what else do you need to know?
Be aware of who has the ball.  Before halftime, you’ll know who gets the ball in the 3rd quarter.  Queue up either offensive players for the team that will have the ball or defensive players for the team that won’t.  This will make sure that based on how to see the game going in the 3rd quarter you can lock in some points.
Don’t overthink.  Play the players you want to root for and those that you think will do the best.  Don’t start breaking down Safety Vs TE to determine whether to have Greg Olsen in.  Way too much.  If you have to get that far, pick another player.  Plenty of scoring to be handed out.
Have fun.  It is simply the best thing to have.  So play hard, dance like Madonna if you want, but play for fun.  When you win, it will be that much better.  When you don’t win, it will still be fun.
Oh yeah…lastly, you cannot ignore Eli in the 4th quarter.  Period.
So pick the place to watch the game. Grab your friends. Get the beer. Get the chips. Make the guacamole.  And definitely…don’t forget the SALSA…INGAMER.

Rick Wolf is a consultant, player, radio host and writer in Fantasy Sports who with Glenn Colton has won 6 major expert titles in the last 10 years. Wolf started the Fantasy Sports Division at CBS Sports in 1996 and transformed Rotoworld.com in 2002 to be bought by NBCU in 2006.  Wolf is a founding board member of the FSTA, acted as its chairman from 2002-2006 and was elected to the FSTA Hall of Fame in 2011.  Wolf also co-hosts a popular radio show on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio – Colton and The Wolfman.  He can be found on Twitter @RickWolf1.
 
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