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Mon Petit Prono: who is behind the World Cup phenomenon prediction game? – France




You may be playing it with colleagues or within your family. And you are not the only ones: 1.5 million French people (including 46,000 in Rennes and 34,000 in Nantes) are currently challenging each other on the Mon Petit Prono app, on the occasion of the 2022 World Cup, which takes place in Qatar. This is more than during Euro 2020 last year (1.1 million) or the last World Cup 2018 (850,000 users).

At the origin of this tricolor success, No. 1 of the most downloaded apps for nine days, a group of three friends: Martin Jaglin, Benjamin Fouquet and Grégory Rota. And a very simple game concept: predict, without committing money, the outcome of matches before the meetings, with the possibility of challenging friends, family and even strangers.

Everyone has a chance

“To unite as many people as possible on the game, we started with this system for predicting match results, because everyone has a chance. There is no need to know the names of the players and the strengths and weaknesses of the team,” says Martin Jaglin. “We added the notion of sports rating, which leads users to build their own strategy. »
Should we bet on safe values, but win fewer points, or make risky bets, to hope to win several hundred points at once, and finish at the top of the podium? Here is the daily dilemma, for a month, of the 1.5 million players.

Martin Jaglin, co-founder of Mon Petit Prono. (My Little Prono)

Behind Mon Petit Prono, the flagship company: Mon Petit Gazon. Another football app, this time centered on the management of a virtual football team, but which is based on the results of very real matches. “As ‘MPG’ is modeled on the championship calendar, from August to May, Mon Petit Prono takes over the rest of the time, every two years, when there are Euros and Worlds”, continues Martin Jaglin.

Acquired by the LFP

Enough to run the small start-up, made up of 18 people, mainly developers, all year round. “It’s crazy to think that at the beginning, between 2011 and 2016, these apps were personal projects. It started from a delirium between friends, where we worked evenings and weekends on it, in parallel with our job, to become a real company”, recalls Martin who, like the two other founders, comes of the tech world. Who notes: “When we say that the two apps have become known just by word of mouth, because we have no budget to advertise, we are not believed. »

A success that has not, in any case, escaped the major players in the football sector: a month ago, the Professional Football League bought the company. “We are entering a larger structure, which will allow us to more easily retrieve photos of players, videos of goals… And the LFP to connect football fans more easily with Ligue 1, via Mon Petit Gazon. »



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