Ballotcraft Proud to Announce Public Launch of its Fantasy Politics Game

We’re excited to announce the public launch of Ballotcraft today.

Ballotcraft is a new way for people to engage with politics in a fun but meaningful way. There’s never been anything quite like it, so we’re excited to launch for the 2016 US elections.

Our goal at Ballotcraft is to boost voter engagement, particularly among millennial voters. Through our fantasy politics game, Ballotcraft helps spark voter interest in the political process. It’s similar to the way that fantasy football has boosted interest in the NFL, particularly among people who previously only had a marginal interest in football. By creating a new way of engaging with politics that is both fun and social, we believe Ballotcraft will have a similarly profound impact on political engagement.

This new version of Ballotcraft builds upon our beta with several new features:

Forum
Ballotcraft players are knowledgeable and opinionated about politics, and the Forum is a place for them to connect with one another. Have thoughts on the 2016 election? Post them to our Forum and start a conversation!

We will also be hosting Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions with various political figures on our Forum soon. Stay tuned!

Status Tiers
Players now earn a Status Tier of either Gold, Silver, or Bronze based on their performance in Ballotcraft, and they can join “skill” games that consist of only players in the same Status Tier. This makes the games more fun and competitive.

Election Odds Explorer
You can now easily browse the historical odds of events on Ballotcraft.

Redesign
We’ve completely overhauled the design of Ballotcraft to be cleaner and more intuitive to navigate.

We hope you enjoy Ballotcraft. If you have any feedback, we’d love to hear from you. Shoot us an email at contact@ballotcraft.com.

Insights from Our Focus Group

Our focus group declared Bernie Sanders the winner of the January 17 Democratic Debate. We asked members of our focus group for insights into their decision making process. Here’s a selection of their responses:

Bernie effectively attacked Clinton for her ties to Wall Street, making her seem compromised from all the money she’s taken from them. He took the high road several times, particularly when asked about the behavior of Bill Clinton. I think he won himself more fans tonight.

It seemed like Bernie was the frontrunner, brushing off attacks from Hillary. He was at his strongest when he was discussing health care, and it’s clear that he has a lot of momentum that Hillary is looking to quash, based on his surging poll numbers and how he’s faring with the youth vote.

Hillary’s attacks on Bernie’s healthcare proposals came across as calculated and disingenuous. Bernie had a strong defense, that he helped write Obamacare and fully supports it.

The whole debate seemed to revolve around Bernie: what he said, what he proposed, what he thinks about so and so. For voters only tuning in now, that plays to his advantage.

Sanders has really improved his fluency on foreign affairs, which was a weak point for him in the past. Although Clinton sounds more knowledgeable overall, it’s less of an advantage for her now, especially since Sanders can always bring back up the Iraq thing.

Even though much of the debate revolved around issues that Sanders has emphasized prominently throughout his campaign, I think Clinton was effectively able to rebut his arguments, and made her own stance sound more pragmatic and effective in contrast.

I think O’Malley’s chances improved the most because he was able to make pertinent points, and drew on his record as governor in a few key instances that bolstered his credibility. More importantly, though, he had nowhere to go but up. He probably gained a few percentage points in likelihood, but still sits far behind Clinton or Sanders.

Thanks again to our focus group for their help!

Bernie Sanders Wins Jan. 17 Democratic Debate

Bernie Sanders is the winner of the January 17 Democratic Debate, as he was deemed by our focus group as the candidate to have “best improved his or her chance of winning the Democratic nomination”.

This is the breakdown of our focus group’s voting:

Jan 17 Dem Debate Result 2

We will be regularly updating this blog with commentary from our focus group and analysis of trading behavior during the game, so check back again soon.

Special thanks to our focus group!

Insights from Our Focus Group

Our focus group declared Ted Cruz the winner of the January 14 Republican Debate. We asked members of our focus group for insights into their decision making process. Here’s a selection of their responses:

Ted wiped the floor with Trump every chance he got. He did it graciously and humorously. He also clearly explained his positions.

Cruz did not shy away from addressing questions directed at him by opponents and was clearly looking to build on his momentum in the polls.

Trump was better and friendlier than in previous debates and his New York answer was probably the most memorable soundbite in this debate. Plus, no one really laid a glove on him.

Trump did well. He better articulated his positions. And scored a few points against Jeb and Rubio.

Rubio did well pretty much every time he opened his mouth.

Marco Rubio appeared much more poised and confident than any of the other candidates in his responses tonight.

Rubio came across as hyper and intense. It was a little too much.

I think Bush’s direct attacks on Trump will help give him support among the anyone but Trump coalition.

Christie appeared to be above the fray and spoke directly on issues.

Thanks again to our focus group for their help!

Ted Cruz Wins Jan. 14 Republican Debate

Ted Cruz is the winner of the January 14 Republican Debate, as he was deemed by our focus group as the candidate to have “best improved his chance of winning the Republican nomination”.

This is the breakdown of our focus group’s voting:

Ted Cruz wins Jan 14 Debate

We will be regularly updating this blog with commentary from our focus group and analysis of trading behavior during the game, so check back again soon.

Special thanks to our focus group!

Insights From Our Focus Group

Our focus group declared Bernie Sanders the winner of the December 19 Democratic Debate. We asked members of our focus group for insights into their decision making process. Here’s a selection of their responses:

Bernie’s answers were straightforward and clear. Even on foreign policy, one of his weak points, he had a much better message that painted a clear contrast with Hillary’s more hawkish stance.

Hillary performed well despite some tough questions. Nothing tonight changes the underlying dynamic of this race.

Sanders had a great night. It worked to his benefit that the debate covered more than just terrorism and foreign policy. Sanders’ points on healthcare, the economy, and education were well-communicated. Hillary’s points on those issues were more convoluted, which muddled her message.

Sanders came across as thoughtful across a range of issues. He also handled the controversy surrounding campaign data well.

Clinton got hit pretty hard on foreign policy, having to explain why things haven’t worked out in Libya and Syria.

Martin O’Malley gives good answers, but unfortunately it’s not enough. He’s probably doing well enough to get the VP pick though. I can’t imagine Sanders would be interested.

Thanks again to our focus group for their help!