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  • Mountain_Cobra

    Is anyone else having trouble getting paid out by Fantasy Up? I submitted a withdrawal request for some of my funds over a month ago but I still haven’t been paid, despite the fact that I have exchanged many emails with them They keep promising that funds will be paid out shortly but then they go radio silent until I email them again.

    Does anyone have any recommendations about what I should do if they continue to fail to pay? I would prefer not to take legal action because of the cost and inconvenience (and because up until now they’ve provided a good service) but at this stage I don’t know what other options I have.

    Admin Note: This situation was eventually resolved when FantasyUp player accounts were purchased by the iTeam Network. Gabe Hunterton’s post is copied below. You can also read it on page 30 of this thread:

    iTeamGabe’s (Gabe Hunterton, CEO) post:

    I’m happy to be the bearer of good news. As Dustin from LSR reported yesterday, iTEAM Network has executed an agreement with FantasyUp. When we heard about the situation a couple weeks ago, we decided to do something about it.
    We announced today an agreement with the former owners of FantasyUp to acquire the www.fantasyup.com domain and customer data. Paying back FantasyUp players was the key component in this deal. No one affiliated with the original FantasyUp has any involvement whatsoever moving forward.
    After you activate your account, your funds will be immediately available for withdrawal, although we do hope you give us a chance to earn your trust and loyalty by playing in our contests. We think you will appreciate our first class customer support and our unwavering commitment to game integrity. To welcome you to the new FantasyUp.com, we’re putting on a series of overlay contests exclusively for FantasyUp players, beginning with the “FantasyUp – Fresh Start” contest; that features a $1,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool, with a Maximum of 1,100 entries and a buy in of just ONE CENT!
    While you’re playing, take a look at our unique software features like our patented “Sweat List” which shows you not only who you are rooting for, but just as importantly, who you are rooting against. Since launching five months ago, we’ve made significant investments and built our software development team to over 40 full time employees. You can expect major product development and innovation from us throughout 2016.
    Getting the site up-and-running and paying back players is a complex challenge involving technical, practical and regulatory hurdles affecting thousands of player accounts. We ask for your continued patience as we work together through this process, particularly if you reside in one of the banned jurisdictions.
    We have just begun the process of sending an email to all users who have an existing account balance.
    For further information about our agreement with FantasyUp and how it affects you, we are regularly updating the FAQ page at www.fantasyup.info. In addition, you can email us anytime at support@fantasyup.com.

  • jojo491048

    WTF. THIS IS SO PATHETIC. They kept taking deposits the entire time! Y’all need to take legal action against them to get the money back…

  • MacCutlerRoadtrip

    Someone in the industry should probably contact these morons who ran this site and find a way to Me good with their customers. My guess is whatever the amount needed to pay off the payouts, is tiny in comparison to how a story like this would impact legislative and legal battles going.

  • dsiman

    @MacCutlerRoadtrip said...

    Someone in the industry should probably contact these morons who ran this site and find a way to Me good with their customers. My guess is whatever the amount needed to pay off the payouts, is tiny in comparison to how a story like this would impact legislative and legal battles going.

    thats so true. i really hope myself and the others affected by this can all figure out something

  • jojo491048

    DraftPot is another site that does no rake contests. Probably should be more cautious of my bankroll there…

  • Joeyroc

    But they told me to wait and it would be worked out soon……
    This is crap. Waiting on a $500 withdrawal, which isn’t as much as some but it’s still $500. Is there any precedent for what happens next?

  • petesdynasty

    Fantasyup just protected their tweets on twitter within the past 2 hours.

    Feel so bad for the people who were awaiting for widthdrawls there. I’m guessing that they went all in on trying to become as big as fanduel/draftkings really quick hence the 300% deposit bonus, and once things went south they just dipped.

    Unreal.

  • tjabchs6

    @petesdynasty said...

    Fantasyup just protected their tweets on twitter within the past 2 hours.

    Feel so bad for the people who were awaiting for widthdrawls there. I’m guessing that they went all in on trying to become as big as fanduel/draftkings really quick hence the 300% deposit bonus, and once things went south they just dipped.

    Unreal.

    Literally within the last few minutes. Prior to the moment that I’m typing this, I checked their twitter account a half hour ago and they weren’t protected. Now they are.

    Those of you that lost money should go after them with everything you can do.

  • Vandoparaisobilt

    For what it’s worth, I’ve withdrawn from Draftpot a bunch and they’ve all cleared within 2 days. I was skeptical of them at first too, but they’ve been probably the most responsive and accommodating to date.

  • Draftpot_Joey

    Draftpot Rep

    @jojo491048 said...

    DraftPot is another site that does no rake contests. Probably should be more cautious of my bankroll there…

    Only our H2H contests feature no rake; all GPPs have a rake (albeit, lower than most of our competitors). Regardless, we take pride in quick withdrawals and great customer service.

  • tjabchs6

    @Draftpot_Joey said...

    Only our H2H contests feature no rake; all GPPs have a rake (albeit, lower than most of our competitors). Regardless, we take pride in quick withdrawals and great customer service.

    They definitely do have quick withdrawals. They’re the only smaller site that I can put a lot of trust towards.

  • jojo491048

    Totally agreed @draftpot_joey -> y’all do have stellar customer service and I appreciate the responsiveness to all my past ?s and concerns.

    Too bad we can’t say the same about your (apparently past) competitors, FantasyUp

  • Galante118

    • Blogger of the Month

    Does draft pot segregate player funds? That’s the question you guys need to ask.

  • WhiskeyTavon4

    • 640

      RG Overall Ranking

    • x2

      2014 DraftKings FBWC Finalist

    • 2017 DraftKings FBWC Finalist

    Please PM me if you had funds in fantasy up. I have a plan to hold Mr. Ziernicki responsible for his crimes but it has to be done off the boards at RG. Lets put together an email list of all the people he stole money from and communicate via that method.

  • sethayates

    @Galante118 said...

    Does draft pot segregate player funds? That’s the question you guys need to ask.

    Keeping funds segregated is important but there isn’t an independent source to verify that for any of the sites. Just because funds are segregated doesn’t mean they couldn’t be accessed. It’s not like we would ever know. To me, the more important question to ask if you play on a smaller site is can they afford the losses they are taking? For example, where did the money come from that FantasyUp was giving out? I know they started mostly with funds belonging to the owner. Did they ever raise any outside funding? I don’t recall ever hearing about it.

    Now, on to DraftPot. A quick google search tells me they raised $2.2M back in May. I’d say there is no issue with funds security on that site. They have plenty of money right now.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/darrenheitner/2015/09/07/columbia-students-raise-2-2-million-for-fantasy-sports-startup/#2715e4857a0b67f2de916651

  • heissmungo

    This is infuriating. It almost seems like they brought back the no rake promotion to get more deposits this fall just to feed their operational fund, know full well they wouldn’t make it past NFL. Thankfully I’m a low dollar player, but I still had a third of my bankroll on their site! Really sorry for those who lost significant amounts of money because of this.

  • MrFantasy

    For what it’s worth they were not FSTA members and were not supported by RotoGrinders. I believe FSTA members are required to show proof of segregated funds so there have been caution flags being waved from the start.

  • tvsfrink

    Is there a way to see who is an FSTA member? A quick search of the site didn’t turn up much.

    Edit: Never mind, found it.

  • seth1374

    FWIW I play on Fantasy Feud and have always gotten my withdrawls within 2 days

  • joephoto

    I had $250 in a pending withdrawal and another $250 in play. So- $500 lost to DAN ZIERNICKI and his dishonesty.

  • stlcardinals84

    Leading RG Analyst

    • 2018 DraftKings FBWC Finalist

    • 2018 DraftKings FBBWC Finalist

    The fact that smart people still had money on the site after what happened back in June and July is very odd. There were more than a few red flags here… just read through the 16 pages of this thread and you can see them.

    These situations suck for anyone that had money left over there. Hope you all get some sort of resolution in the end.

  • Joeyroc

    I actually didn’t know there were problems until November, when they wouldn’t process my withdrawal. I actually had one for 1K processed in October, so I must have just been lucky to get it. Didn’t see this thread until after it started hitting the fan, otherwise I would have taken everything out.
    Whiskey, I PM’d you. Let me know what to send you for whatever your plan is.

  • carp

    @stlcardinals84 said...

    The fact that smart people still had money on the site after what happened back in June and July is very odd. There were more than a few red flags here… just read through the 16 pages of this thread and you can see them.

    These situations suck for anyone that had money left over there. Hope you all get some sort of resolution in the end.

    It happened to be the last site I was able to play on living in a restricted State. I withdrew over 20k late 2014 and early 2015. We all seen the red flags. My situation was playing the game I love. My Brother and both my Sons live 25 minutes away in Idaho and play on fd and dk. FUp was all I had left. Wardraft, ballr and now fup. All 3 bailed and owe me my bankroll. Ballr did pay half of what was owed to there credit.
    Before everyone goes nuts and says what are you doing about being in a restricted State. I am working diligently with my legislators to pass the laws to be regulated in Washington State.

  • baseballs

    @carp said...

    It happened to be the last site I was able to play on living in a restricted State.

    red flag?

  • carp

  • Homerhead

    I have over 2k sitting in that site all taken out of paypal. Some people in this counrty think we can operate business with out regulations? B.S!!! Who ever has a plan on what to do here let me know!!!

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