Given the criticism surrounding DFS in the last year or so (“scam”, “fraud”, etc.) why haven’t these sites attempted what nearly every single competitive video game in existence has done and implement a true skill-based rating system and forced players of similar skill-levels to player equally-skilled players? I can think of a few reasons, none of which could not be solved if they truly wanted to:
1. LOST REVENUE – The theory here is that sharks would leave because their advantage essentially goes away. My argument is the “Wal Mart” philosophy. Pander to the average man! If more people won more often I strongly believe you would see MUCH higher retention rates, which directly impacts their bottom line. If you think the big prize pools is what attracts most fish, then advertise those contests as “ALL RANK” contests. Allow me to enter other, smaller, contests with players of my skill rating.
2. MULTI-ACCOUNTING – How do you stop the big guys from creating multiple accounts, having friends enter, etc.? This is probably the biggest factor and most difficult to prevent. I would look to the financial sector for help on fraud prevention methods – they seem to have it down pretty good. This is not my expertise, so I’d love anyone’s input here.
3. ADDED COMPLEXITY – This is a stretch, as nearly any competitive game ever created has a rating system, but this would further fragment their Lobby and potentially confuse new players. This is an easy fix with minimal amount of thought with regard to how to present it to the player.
4. ??? – It’s late and I’m spent. I’m sure I’m missing something. I would love to hear your thoughts.
In short, for the long-term health of this industry I think they really need to look into this (I’m sure they are, or already have – if so, I would LOVE to hear an explanation). In order to regain customer trust worldwide, I think they should . But then again, nothing these companies have exhibited long-term vision in the past, so why start now?