Frequently Asked Questions

What is MarketDraft

MarketDraft is a stock market simulation platform, designed to provide users with stock market trading education, experience and strategy based on a real life stock market simulated scenario. Contest are designed to promote competition and encourage users to utilize accumulated research, experience and strategy in building their portfolios. In each contest, users have a fake money budget to spend on building their portfolios. At the end of the designated trading day, the users with the most gained or remaining fake cash balance wins the contest.


How do I play on MarketDraft?

Register for an account. Browse the lobby to choose Free, sponsored or simulation fee-based contests. Contests range from daily, multi-day or longer. Review the stock options available to you, do your research, and make your picks. Simply choose the stocks you think will have the highest gains each day or longer. Think the entire market will go down? Hold on to some your fake cash budget. You can choose to use your in-contest fake money budget as you decide. Monitor your live entries at any time to see how the results progress or finalize. At the end of the designated contest trading day the users with the most gained or remaining fake cash balance in the contest could win Real Cash and Prizes!


Are there any restrictions involving who can play on MarketDraft?

To play, you must be a resident of the United States and age 18 or older. See our terms and conditions.


How fast does MarketDraft pay users after a win?

When you win a contest, you earn the prize money almost instantly. As soon as our data provider verifies the stock market is closed and final prices are in, we can calculate the final portfolio-cash values for each user in the contest, and thus, determine winners. Contest winners are then paid automatically to their on-site real money account balance. From there, you can use the funds to join more sim fee based sponsored or free contests or elect to withdraw funds at any time. Most withdrawals are processed within 24 hours.


Is MarketDraft legal?

Yes. Our gameplay is legal. We are in compliance with SEC laws regulating the industry and run contests verified as by our legal team as entertaining games of skill where you pay for platform access, contest simulation fee’s, and educational resources. There is no restriction or non-official speculative securities. MarketDraft is a safe, responsible and educational.


What is Extended Hours Gameplay?

After the market closes each day, stocks can still be traded. This is typically referred to as “extended hours” trading. Our gameplay simply inverts and you need to make stock picks during normal trading hours based on what you think will happen during the after-market closing hours. Winners are decided based on the opening price rather than the closing.


How does the market simulator work?

You create your own private contest where you decide how much fake money to start with. You then pick the stocks you want to simulate, choose how many shares, and watch the results over the duration you set.


Can I create a private contest?

Yes. You can create or join a contest that was created privately. The same general gameplay applies, only the contest is private to just the people invited.


How does the Leaderboard work?

We have monthly and annual leaderboards specific to our Swing Trader games and the Streak contest. Prizes are posted each month for finishing atop the leaderboard with funds paid out to winners each month.


Why must I pick 7 stocks or cryptos?

Learning to diversify risk and having a broader understanding of the market is typically best. Since we're a gaming through education platform, our swing trader requires more than one asset be picked. With that said, you can still centralize your budget towards one asset almost entirely and can also run private simulations as you choose.


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