How to Play Dream11 & Win in 2020

Dream11 is in the news again after successfully bidding for the rights of IPL 2020 for Rs 222 crore, beating Byju’s and Unacademy. We thought that this is a great time to explain to newcomers how to play Dream11 game and how you can earn money by playing Dream11 fantasy cricket. 

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What is Dream11? 


Dream11 is a fantasy sports app founded by Harsh Jain and Bhavit Sheth and is headquartered in Mumbai. Dream11 was founded way back in 2008 when the concept of fantasy sports was still in its nascent stages in India.

Member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) and the founding member of the Indian Federation of Sports Gaming (IFSG), Dream11 introduced the concept of freemium fantasy sports in India in 2012. 

During its initial stages, Dream11 was setup like fantasy football leagues with players having to setup season-long teams to out win the competition.


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Dream11 Website Screenshot 2010


Since that model failed to generate buzz and find takers, Dream11 shifted to daily match competition in 2012. Since then, Dream11 has seen a consistent jump in daily active users around the country. 

Dream11 had 50 million users in 2019 and is aiming to cross 100 million users by the end of 2020. In April 2019, Dream11 became the first Indian gaming startup to attain the “unicorn” status (i.e., a startup valued at over $1Billion).

Dream11 homepage
Dream11 new homepage 2020

According to a KMPG & IFSG report, Dream11 has a staggering 90% share in the fantasy gaming market. The fantasy sports market in India has more than 60 players and is valued currently at approx $150 Billion. 

Even though Dream11 started off their journey with only cricket, nowadays you can play Kabbadi, Baseball, Football, as well as Basketball fantasy competitions on the app. 


How to Download the Dream11 App Apk? 

If you have ever searched for Dream11 on Google Playstore, you are likely presented with a ton of copy cat apps, none of which is the official Dream11 app. Dream11 app is not available on the Playstore as Google doesn’t allow apps offering cash contests on its platform. 

Therefore, in order to download the Dream11 app apk, one has to go to their official website: 

Steps to download Dream11 apk: 

1. Go to

2. Click on the green button that says “download app”

How to Play Dream11


3. Click “Ok” on the warning pop-up. 

How to download Dream11 apk


4. Once the apk download is complete, click open

5. Click settings once prompted. 

6. Click on the “enable unknown sources” option. 

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7. Click install and you’re good to go! 


Now that you have installed the app on your mobile, it’s time to open the app and learn how to play Dream11. Keep reading…

PS: You can also sign up on the Dream11 website to play without using the mobile app. 


How to Play Dream11


Dream11 is a pretty straightforward app that allows you to pick players you think will perform best in an actual match and build your playing 11. Once the match starts, you accumulate points based on the player’s actual performance during the match. 

The player with the most points at the end of the match wins the competition. If you play a paid game (with real money), it goes into a common pool, and each player gets paid based on their ranks. Dream11 charges a service fee from every paid contest. 

The core of Dream11 can be summarized in 3 simple steps: 

  1. Select a Match
  2. Create your Dream11 Team
  3. Join Free & Cash Contests


1. Select a Match

How to Select a match

Once you have installed the Dream11 app and have made an account, you will be presented with a list of upcoming matches. You can choose any current or upcoming match of your choice and start creating your Fantasy XI team. 


2. Create your Dream11 Team

Now that you have selected your match, it’s time to pick a playing 11 from the two teams. In order to virtually “buy” players for your team, you will be presented with a budget of 100 credits. 

How to create your team

Once you have selected 11 players, on the next screen, you will be asked to select a Captain and a Vice-Captain of your Dream11 team. Make sure you pick your captain and vice-captain wisely as a Captain will receive double points (2X) and a Vice-Captain will receive 1.5 X points scored in every match. You can create up to 6 teams per match and join a contest with any of the teams you have created.

Note: You can also change your team or the Captain or Vice-Captain before the deadline of the match. The deadline is usually until the first ball is bowled in the real (live) match. 


3. Join a Contest

How to join a contest

Once you are done creating your team, you can join multiple cash or free contests depending upon your budget. Every cash contest requires an entry-fee to join in. The prize breakdown is given for every contest and you can join depending upon your skill and confidence level.


4. Follow the Match

It’s now time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the live game. As the players score in the live match, your score will keep updating in Dream11. The scorecard is updated every 2 minutes. Once the match is concluded, your fantasy team’s final ranking and winning amount will be visible on the leaderboard. You can withdraw winnings over Rs.200 from your Dream11 account once your account is verified with PAN. 


How to Create a Team in Dream11 


First, select a game and click the ‘Create Team’ button at the bottom left corner. You can pick 1 to 4 wicket-keepers, between 3 to 6 batsmen, 1 to 4 all-rounders, and 3 to 6 bowlers, all within a budget of 100 credits. Based on your knowledge and skill, you can pick any combination of players and create your fantasy playing 11. 


How to Play Dream11 Game for Free


Although many people think that most people play to win cash on Dream11, the stats say otherwise. In fact, only 15% of the players on Dream11 have till now paid for a game. The rest join and play free contests and enjoy the thrill of winning. 

Here’s how you can play Dream11 for free:

  1. Open the app and select a match you want to play 
  2. Create your Dream11 team
  3. Scroll down and you will find something called “practice contests“. These are free to join contests and do not require any money. They will also not provide you any cash prize in case you win. 
  4. Alternatively, you can click on the “Entry Fee” button and then click on the “Entry” button. 
  5. The contests will now be shown in an ascending order meaning that the first few contests will be “practice contests” with no entry fee. 


What is the Difference Between Public and Private Contests in Dream11?


There are two types of contests in Dream11: Public and Private.

Public Contest: These are those contests that are open for the general public and anyone can join these contests. 

Private Contest: Private contest, as the name suggests, are private to you and your friends. You can create your own private contest and invite and challenge your friends, family members, or colleagues and play the same contest. Only those who have the code for the private contest can join that contest.


How to Play Dream11 With Friends


Playing with strangers is fun. But if you want to play with your friends on Dream11, you can do so by creating private contests visible to only you and your friends. Now, this leads to the question…

How to create a Private Contest in Dream11? 

Creating a private contest and playing with friends in Dream11 is very easy. Follow these simple steps: 

1. Open the Dream11 app and select the match you want to play. 

2. Click on the ‘Create Contest’ button.

How to create a private contest in Dream11
Dream11 private contest

3. Give your contest a name, total winning amount (could be Rs 0), and enter the contest size (the number of friends you want to compete with). 

How to create a private contest in Dream11

4. Choose winning breakup.

Ceate a private contest in Dream11

5. Once the contest is created, share the contest code with your friends via Whatsapp, Email, or any other option. 

6. Your friends can now join this contest by clicking on the link. 


There you have it, your own Private Contest on Dream11!


Final Words

Dream11 is a great fantasy sports app with every feature a fantasy sports lover can ask for. With an easy to use and clean interface, the app is very welcoming to new users. Even if you don’t want to put your own money on the line, you can still enjoy the awesomeness of Dream11 by joining practice contests and compete against strangers. If you want to play with your friends, you can quickly create a private contest and share the invite code with your friends to join. So, what are you waiting for? Go to, download the app, and start winning! 


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