A Tough Decision Regarding FanThrowdown
Howdy folks, I want to address a few things openly to the community. This may be a bit lengthy, but I appreciate you giving it a read.
When the fiasco with FanThrowdown happened a little less than two weeks ago, I was just as shellshocked as the rest of the community. Unlike most of the community though, I obviously had a vested interest in FanThrowdown. This left me in a strange position. I decided to take a step back from my blogging and social media duties for a few days, and to wait until the situation I found myself in became clearer. My largest concern was the community of daily fantasy players that have given me the ability to do what I love for a living. Without you I wouldnâ€™t be where I am, and it gave me serious cause for concern that my name might be associated with something that was despised by the community.
Iâ€™m writing this today because after multiple, lengthy conversations with varying members of MGT and FanThrowdown I am once again excited about the future!
My concerns in the wake of recent happenings were not new by any means. Just like you, I shared many of the same worries in the preceding months. After careful deliberation, I settled upon three main issues that I needed addressed before I, in good faith, could move forward with FanThrowdown. These three items will be expounded upon below.
1. A unification of leadership and direction.
Like many of you, I had concerns over the direction FanThrowdown was heading. At times the leadership on the site appeared to be disjointed, and on some occasions downright strange. Without hashing up discussion that has already been settled, I can say to you with supreme confidence that not only is the newly appointed leadership a breath of fresh air, but it is also the first time I have felt confident in the direction FanThrowdown is moving in quite some time. After hearing the plans from top to bottom on how the site will be operated moving forward I am anxious to see what the future holds!
This one is simple. A better effort was needed by everyone involved to make sure players were consistently kept up to date with the issues that mattered to them. This is something that I can help with in the future.
Moving forward I am a resource available to you, the community, as a means of voicing your thoughts to FanThrowdown in regards to non-customer service matters. Send me a message if you have any concerns or questions aboutâ€™s whatâ€™s taken place over the past month, and Iâ€™d be glad to discuss them with you. The leadership at FanThrowdown cares about what you have to say.
3. Technical Issues.
Thereâ€™s no beating around the bush here. The site speed, especially leading up to kick-off, tip-off, first pitch, etc, has been unacceptable. After having a chance these past few weeks to speak with many people within the company, I believe the pieces are finally in place to put this chapter behind us. These technical changes accompany an influx in new technical talent that monitor, repair, and constantly improve the site’s operation.
After the $500,000 football championship debacle, it was discovered that a solve prediction algorithm was running on the entire contest roughly 25 times per page load. This resulted in extremely slow load times, and as soon as the problem was fixed during the next optimization cycle the site began running exponentially faster. As mentioned above, FanThrowdown now has the proper development support in place to quickly address any future problems that should arise.
In closing, I hope itâ€™s clear that my decision to remain a part of FanThrowdown was not one made in haste. As a voice in the daily fantasy community this was a difficult decision to make, with many angles to consider. My sincere hope is that you are willing to give FanThrowdown a chance to make things right. I am.