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SportzRush has launched SportzPicks 1.0

UK-based social sports game SportzRush has launched its new sports challenge game, SportzPicks 1.0, for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

Powered by data provider Sportradar, the app features multiple sports and thousands of events from around the world.

The firm said that SportzPicks allows friends to connect through social networking website Facebook and will also allow them to test their sporting knowledge and predict the outcome of real events.

Players compete in challenges based on six pre-game predictions, with points being awarded for each correct prediction. The aim is to win more challenges and beat friends in the weekly tournament.

“We love watching and playing sports with our friends, especially when we are winning,” co-founder Mike Webb said. “SportzPicks was born out of this idea: Competing with friends to predict what's going to happen in the sports events that matter to them.”

Meanwhile, fantasy sports website FanDuel has secured a legal victory in the US after an Illinois federal district court dismissed a lawsuit seeking to disgorge the website’s operating profits and strip away the winnings of one contestant.

Forbes reported that the case was based on the Illinois Recovery Act, which allows third parties to recover unclaimed gambling losses.

Plaintiff Christopher Langone argued the money made from FanDuel’s fantasy sports contests fell within the Act, as the contests were illegal games of chance.

However, the court ruled that Langone had failed to make a “bare assertion” he could recover more than $75,000 – the minimum needed for subject matter jurisdiction in federal court.

The court also concluded FanDuel was not a gambling “winner” based on the Illinois Act, but rather an operator of an online gaming site.