DraftKings informed us yesterday that they are disabling the opt-in RotoGrinders rankings feed while they thoroughly examine all of their policies and protocols.
While this is an unfortunate blow, it’s completely justified and even expected.
We’re entering a new age of DFS. We need to treat these things like they would be treated in a regulated industry. Everything needs to be more transparent.
Short term we’ll be exploring alternative systems and discussing this with our other feed providers. Long term we’re confident we’ll find a solution that will allow us to maintain some type of rankings system, but it could change drastically from what we have now. It could be based completely off of GPPs displayed publicly in the lobbies, for example. For our current system we’re importing top 20% finishing winning results in heads up, 50/50, or tournaments.
While rankings aren’t for everyone, we think they serve a vital role in an industry like DFS. They help put faces to screen names, create celebrity players and community, and give goal-oriented players extra motivation. DraftKings, Fanduel, and other partners see the value in rankings and have supported us for years. We really appreciate that support and we’ll be working with them to figure out a system that works going forward.
UPDATE 10/9 – FanDuel recently has made the same decision to disable our results feed from them. Again, this is both justified and expected. Our plan is the same as it was yesterday—to explore alternative systems of recording results in the short term and re-evaluate long term solutions once we have more clarity on their decisions.