Hi everyone! Nik here. Football is right around the corner, and we wanted to share with you some of the awesome things that we’re rolling out. Some people go to the beach, hit the links, or chill by the lake when the weather gets hot but not us – we’re on the grind making sure that you’ve got awesome new tools and features to enjoy.
One thing we hear a lot from casual and intermediate players is that it can be challenging to find the right contest – a lot of contests have similar names, and a spreadsheet-style lobby can be too dense and intimidating. Inspired by Netflix, we built Discover – an AI-based dashboard that incorporates your play history, your sport preferences, your skill level, and a host of other variables to create a flexible dashboard where the “right” contests are always visible and recommended to you.
No need to re-invent the wheel here – you probably know what a Survivor pool is. But have you played one where the winner gets $250,000? Survive and advance, win life changing money. Doesn’t get better than that.
If you’ve been following what we’ve been doing on the free-to-play side, you’ve seen us roll out Bingo for the Super Bowl/NBA All-Star Game, the March Madness Challenge, and then World Cup Pick’Em. Nearly 200,000 people played the World Cup game, so we decided to run it back for NFL. Pick all the winners correctly from a reduced slate, claim stake to the $10,000. And if no one wins a given week thanks to the Browns suddenly becoming competent, then it rolls over to the next week.
One thing I love about the RG audience is that so many of you are super sharp players who want to get into the big contests, pull down a huge score. We also know however that we’ve got a huge contingent of players out there who just want to play with their friends, whether it’s a side bet to a season-long matchup or a simple day to sweat alongside a night of baseball. It used to take eight or nine clicks to do this – so instead we built out a quick wizard to get the contest created as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Last but not least – Guru. It’s finally here. But first, let me tell you a quick story. I originally came to FanDuel when they bought my company, numberFire. For a long time, we didn’t know what we wanted to do with the core IP that we built at numberFire – it was cool, people used it, but we didn’t know how to bring it to a wider audience. Until now.
Powered by numberFire – and in the future, any projection or rankings system you want – Guru helps you create better lineups, quicker. Not sure who to stack? Use Guru. Not sure how to complete your lineup? Use Guru. Guru contextually uses remaining salary, injury updates, confidence intervals, and a whole host of other variables to create a fully interactive, fully responsive lineup creation wizard.
Oh, and we’re not done – we’ve got multiple huge new things coming soon. Multiple. Isn’t the Summer awesome?