Since July 2014 when I referred my first player to the Fanduel website the rakeback that was generated was a good source of income for me. My business has continued to grow with additions of a few very high volume players. In the last year I havent played much DFS just continued to refer players and since I had more then 5 players and more then 5k in revenue I was able to collect 35% of the rake that my players payed.
On December 10th after not receiving my referral payments that month I inquired if payments had been paid out yet. I was informed that yes they had been and I would not be receiving any more payments via the referral system because my account was under investigation for “suspicious activity”. It took me 37 emails back and forth with Fanduel customer support, before they told me what I had done wrong. Here was their response.
Thanks for following up. I’ll be happy to reiterate.
FanDuel accounts are intended for gameplay, however your account’s sole purpose for almost one year has been to pull in large amounts of referral earnings and immediately withdraw those funds. Since our Accounts Team found you to be using the service in a way in which it is not intended, this was deemed suspicious activity. As a result, the account was suspended so that it can be further reviewed by our team.
There is no timeframe on the suspension, so as of now you can consider it indefinite. FanDuel needs to further look into not only your particular case, but also the referral system as a whole to make sure that it is being used only in a manner that is in the true spirit of the game.
I hope this helps provide some more clarity. If you have any further questions about this or how to proceed, please let me know.
So I brought Fanduel a lot of business via the referral program which is the exact purpose of them having a referral program and not only did they cut ties with me there, they also suspended my account. Ill copy below the Fanduel terms of service for referral and nowhere did I violate any of their rules. Reaching out to the RG community because I feel like I did nothing wrong and got very screwed.
Terms and conditions
The FanDuel Referral Program – The FanDuel referral program allows all FanDuel players to financially participate and benefit in the growth of the site by receiving commissions from players they refer to FanDuel.
Eligibility – All registered FanDuel players are eligible for the Referral Program, except in cases where an account has been explicitly suspended from FanDuel or from participation in the referral program.
Referrals – In order to be tracked, the referred player needs to have signed up after clicking on a referral link. A referral link can be provided by cut-and-pasting it from the Referral Center, via an email generated from the Referral Center, shared via Facebook or Twitter from the Referral Center, or via a system generated challenge link for a specific contest. If a player signs up without using your referral link, we will not be able to manually credit you for the referral.
Additional Referral Rules – You will not receive credit for referring yourself, any member of your immediate family, or any member of your household. In addition, you will not receive credit for referring someone who already has an existing FanDuel account. Referrals determined not to follow these rules may have payments suspended at any time. Commissions earned from referred players which have not followed program rules may be retroactively removed from your account, and you may face suspension from the FanDuel referral program. If one of your referrals is deemed (through the use of a promocode or other tracking) to have been introduced to FanDuel via another source, we will not pay referral fees to you for that user.
Commissions – Commissions will be earned based on the real money activity of players who have been credited to you as referrals. As long as The FanDuel Referral Program exists you will receive commissions for all credited referrals, subject to the Referral Rules stated above. Commissions will be based on Net Revenue Generated.
Net Revenue Generated – Net revenue generated will be based on the portion of gross contest fees remaining after all costs that can be attributed to a specific player have been removed. In other words, the referred players’ share of contest entry fees minus contest prizes, with certain subtractions based on bonuses, cost of promotions, FDP spending and other transactional costs associated with the referred players’ accounts.
Commission Thresholds – Commission will be paid at the following rates for each Net Revenue level each month. As each new higher rate is achieved, it will be applied only to dollars earned above that level. In other words, your commission on the first $1,000 of net revenue will be earned at a 20% commission rate, your commission on each dollar of net revenue from $1001-$1999 will be earned at a 25% rate, etc. You will only be able to achieve earning rates above 20% if you have referred a minimum of five players who are active in the month in which commissions are earned. If you have less than 5 active players in a given month, your commission is capped at 20% for that month. An active player is defined as one who entered at least one real money contest during the month.
< 1000 —————- 20%
$1000 – $1,999 ——- 25%
$2000 – $4,999 ——————- 30%
$5,000+ ——- 35%
Payment – Payment will be made directly into your FanDuel account once per month, generally within ten days of the end of each month.
Referral Center – The new Referral Center (accessible when logged into FanDuel.com) will provide extensive ability to invite your friends to play on FanDuel, to track your referrals and commissions, and to learn more about how to recruit new players. One point worth noting is that the breakdown by individual referral will show an estimate of the contribution to your total commission earned that each referral made each month. This estimate is based on player prizes won, and it’s done this way to preserve the confidential information on entry fees paid and profitability of each player.
Retroactive Credits – Referrals will not be credited retroactively for those who made referrals prior to the introduction of the new program on March 14, 2012. Referrals made prior to that time were made under our older program, which awarded $10 in Pending Bonus into the accounts of the referring player and the referred player. However, if you made a referral under the old program between February 14, 2012 and March 13, 2012, you may notify us via a support ticket that you would like to transfer that referral to the new program. If you do so, we will make this change by subtracting the $10 in your pending bonus account. Your referred player will keep the $10 of Pending Bonus in his/her account, and their generated commissions will be tracked and awarded under the new program rules going forward.
Referral Program Changes – FanDuel reserves the right to make changes to the referral program (including terminating the program entirely) in the future.
Taxes – You are responsible for paying any sales, use or other taxes related to any commissions awarded to you in connection with the Referral Program. FanDuel reserves the right to withhold taxes from commissions, as appropriate.
Marketing – All marketing activities conducted as part of your recruiting efforts for the FanDuel referral program must meet the following requirements:
You are required to follow all applicable laws.
You may not use any incentivized marketing that provides any your recruits financial incentives to sign up with you, beyond those that are standard parts of the FanDuel Referral Program.
You are prohibited from engaging in spamming activities via email, facsimile, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, or any other means. Engaging in such activities may result (at FanDuel’s discretion) in non-payment of commissions.
You may not recruit or use recruiting materials that in any way promote inappropriate content (such as that promoting violence, discrimination, or lewd or pornographic material) or that use deceptive, unethical or illegal means of soliciting referrals.
You are not permitted to use any third-party trademarks in your recruiting activities.
Do not use paid advertising to promote your referral link. If you want to become involved in paid promotion for the site please apply to join our affiliate program.
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