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Scaling up FanDuel

Hi folks,

We’re thrilled that activity on FanDuel is increasing. We had a record breaking week last week for new signups and entries, and with the FFFC Final nearly upon us (only 9 days to go!) and basketball season in full swing things are very much on the up. We are also excited about longer term growth opportunities through new partnerships and product developments.

To cope with this growth we’ve been heavily investing time and resources in fundamental changes to the site to help it scale better. I wanted to keep you in the loop with what’s going on.

  • About a month ago, we had issues at NFL game start where scoring wouldn’t show up for a while after game start. This was due to a database bottleneck. We’ve re-architected and achieved a great speed up – those of you online at NFL game start last Sunday will have seen it go almost instantly.
  • Web server capacity has been an issue and resulted in slow load times. We are now in a position to utilize web servers in the cloud, and this weekend will have 3x the server capacity we had available last weekend. This should mean faster load times and more frequent live scoring updates for everyone.
  • Longer term, we are scaling up our development and operations team to provide even more robust and scalable delivery of the site.

Re-architecting a live site like this has been likened to redesigning the plane whilst in flight, and given the real-time, real-money, peak-time nature of the site, it’s a hard problem. That’s no excuse though, and we’re determined to tackle the serious issue of scaling while minimizing disruption to the existing service. We have engineers working six or seven days a week on it. However, if you do experience issues despite our best efforts please report them via our contact form (Contact link in the site footer) or email support@fanduel.zendesk.com and our customer service staff will deal with your problem as fast as we can.

We are committed to building the best daily draft site there is, and care enormously about maintaining high standards of quality for our players. Rest assured we are continuing to invest heavily in scalability, so we’re in great shape to cope with the influx of new players we expect over the coming months.

I’ll keep you up to date with further developments via this blog. For now, good luck with your weekend line-ups!

Tom
(Co-founder and product guy)

November 26, 2010 at 10:54 pm Leave a comment

FFFC Second Chance Contest – This Sunday!

Cal Spears

You’ve still got one more chance to profit from the FFFC, you don’t even have to go to Vegas if you win, and it’s free to enter!

Cal Spears, our Week 6 qualifier for the FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship (FFFC), is very kindly giving 10% of his action in the FFFC live final to the winner of a special free-to-enter contest running this week called “Second Chance FFFC”.  In order to play in the contest, all you have to do is sign up for an account at his website, RotoGrinders.com, and let him know your FanDuel username.

So, let Cal do all the hard work for you – he’ll fly all the way to Las Vegas, stay four long nights at the Venetian, attend all the parties, and spend a full day on Sunday December 5th watching football at Emeril’s Stadium – while you sit at home and win!

There is a very nice payday up for grabs here – if Cal wins the grand prize of $25,000 in the FFFC final, the “Second Chance FFFC” winner will win $2500.  If Cal finishes second, the “Second Chance FFFC” winner receives $1000, and if Cal is third, they will get $500.  Of course if he finishes 4th-10th no prize will be awarded, but let’s not speak of that.

The free-to-enter contest is for the Sunday games only.  It should have an exciting finish with Indy vs San Diego scheduled for the night game.

You’ll be able to watch the live scoring of the grand final and keep up with the smack talk here: http://www.fanduel.com/p/FFFCwinners

Details on how to qualify:

It’s very simple – Click here to visit RotoGrinders.com, a community site for One Day Fantasy Sports games, and then click on the “Sign Up” text in the top right.  Once you have created an account, visit your RotoGrinders Member Profile page by clicking on your Username in the top right.  Then look for the option to enter your FanDuel Username in your profile.  Cal will send out messages with the link to the “Second Chance Freeroll” on Wednesday and Friday afternoon, so be sure to sign up to RotoGrinders and enter your FanDuel screen name before then!  Read this forum post for more information or to ask any questions:

November 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm Leave a comment

And the 10th FFFC Seat goes to “generalv” – aka Joe V

FanDuel Fantasy Football Champion Finalist

What a cutie (and the baby's sweet too)

If you’re a regular at FanDuel, you will have noticed a player called “generalv” around the site.  His real name is Joe V. and he’s super excited to have just won the 10th seat in the Vegas final of the FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship 2010.

With a brand new baby daughter on the scene, Joe doesn’t have as much time to spend on fantasy sports as he’d like to, but he’s finding the daily aspect of FanDuel pretty darn sweet. Here’s what he had to say when we spoke to him about his win.

Name: Joe V

Age: 32

Location: Pennsylvania

Family: Wife and 12 week old baby girl

Occupation:  Operations Manager

So, you won! You must be so pleased! How did it feel?

Oh, it was so exciting. I followed the live scoring real closely on Monday with my wife and our baby girl. I was sitting at around 123rd on Monday morning but I had a good feeling about it. After the first touchdown pass, I moved to 23rd. The next drive I was on the phone with my dad and Vicks ran one in – and I jumped up to 10th.

What did your family say when you told them about your win?

My wife was super excited. I’ve been telling her for weeks that I want to be part of it, that I wanted to go to Vegas, and now I am.

What was your winning formula?

Having Michael Vicks and Desean Jackson definitely helped. It was their pass during the first play of the game that moved me up the leaderboard. Once I was in the top 10, I could see who was ahead of me and I knew there was only one person in the top ten who could have won apart from me.

I don’t have a system, I’m not a spreadsheet kind of a guy. I hate that stuff. I just try to project how it will play out.

Have you won anything like this in the past?

No, never. I only started playing daily games this year, other than that I just play in low level leagues.

Other than winning, what was the best thing about FanDuel?

I just love the daily aspect. Playing a game in one day and getting paid in one day is just awesome.

How did you find out about FanDuel?

A friend of mine told me about it back in June, and I knew I just had to try it out. I’ve tried playing on other daily fantasy sites, but I’ve really found my home here.

Have you been to Las Vegas before?

Yes, a few times but only on business. I’m bringing a buddy with me to Vegas, but despite that I’m still viewing it very much as a business trip. I’m there to win the money. I would have loved to have brought my wife, but she’ll have to stay home with our baby.

If you won the $25,000 in the Grand Final, what would you spend it on?

Do you know, I’m not even thinking about it. I’m just focusing on creating the best possible team. I’m not going to start spending money I don’t have yet.

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The qualifying rounds for the 2010 FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship are now over. Disaapointed you didn’t make it to Vegas? Check back here on Sunday December 5th to join in the fun – follow the live scoring, live video streaming and twitter updates on the day of the live final.

November 20, 2010 at 11:39 am 3 comments

FanDuel’s Fantasy Football Writers League Week 10: Not Quite the End of the Road

We’ve the end of the line for the FanDuel Fantasy Writers League. Well, for most of you. Nathan Zegura, Founder of The Fantasy Consultant, is headed to Vegas in a few weeks to compete in the final for $40,000 after winning a week of the contest flat-out.

Meanwhile, Matt Ufford, author of Warming Glow, founder of With Leather and Kissing Suzy Kolber, will be facing off against Ben Ice, Founder of RotoExperts and Senior writer at Fantasy Sharks, this weekend for an extra $500 and an all expenses paid trip to Vegas. That’s thanks to the fact that both finished 2nd overall in different weeks, making them the highest finishing experts who didn’t win the contest flat out. Since they tied, time to go to the head-to-head tie-breaker.

Thanks to everyone for playing for the duration of the contest.

Here’s how the final week went:

21. Will Brinson – CBS Sports football blogger and writer (rwbrinso) – 153.22
35. Matt Mullin of Philly.com (philly_sports) – 147.62
97. Randy Youngman – Columnist at Orange County Register (R_Youngman) – 134.22
147. Jimmy Traina – Sports Illustrated (jimmy_traina) – 124.96
149. Joe Kinsey – Founder of Busted Coverage (bustedcoverage) – 124.76
159. Andrew Isaac – Sports editor at Guyism (isaacand) – 123.52
180. Paul Greco – Founder of FantasyPros911 and associate editor of Baseball Digest (paulgreco) – 121.12
181. Marc Caviglia – Bruno Boys Fantasy Football (brunoboys) – 121.02
211. Chet Gresham – Editor at Razzball (cgdoc) – 117.28
234. Paul Hickey – Founder of NoOffseason.com (nooffseason_com) – 115.52
297. Nathan Zegura – Founder of The Fantasy Consultant (tfc_zegura) – 109.88
301. Matt Ufford – Editor at Uproxx Media, author of Warming Glow, founder of With Leather and Kissing Suzy Kolber (matt_ufford) – 109.62
408. Will Leitch – former editor of Deadspin, contributing editor to New York Magazine, Sporting News columnist (will_leitch) – 101.84
420. Ben Ice – Founder of RotoExperts, Senior writer at Fantasy Sharks (ben_ice) – 100.92
470. Tom Herrera – AOL Fanhouse (snydayre) – 96.36
471. Brian Berkowitz – Senior Director of Digital Media at Maxim.com and Blender.com (bberkowitz) – 96.32
513. Stephen Douglas – Writer for The Big Lead (crm_stephen) – 93.82
738. Eric Fisher – Sports Business Journal (e_fisher) – 60.3

November 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship – Your 9th Finalist

Here is your Week 9 FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship finalist – John, a schoolteacher from Michigan. He’s won the 9th of 10 seats at the final table in Las Vegas next month – where he’ll be battling with 9 other finalists for the grand prize of $25,000.

Photo of FFFC Week 9 Winner

"Please Sir, you won how much?"

Name: John Lowery – aka “gladiators

Age: 33

Location: Remus, Michigan

Family: Wife, 3 yr old son and baby daughter

Occupation:  High School Teacher – Computing and Business Studies

So, you won! You must be so pleased! How did it feel?

I was watching the games on TV at home. My brother came over to watch the games with me in my “Guy Zone” (complete with plasma screen and beers!) When the 4pm games started, I told my brother that my FanDuel teams were looking good. I had entered 3 teams in the FFFC.

On Sunday night I couldn’t get to sleep for excitement. There was one guy who had Terrell Owens who jumped to 5th place, but other than him, I was pretty solid on Monday.

What did your family say when you told them about your win?

My wife tried to follow the games because she knew I was doing well. She was really pleased when I’d won and would love to come with me to the final, but because we have a newborn, it’s not looking likely she’ll make it.

What was your winning formula?

I spend about 20 hours per week managing my fantasy teams. I like to pick a set of “studs” – star players that I definitely want to shell out for, then plug the gaps with cheaper players that I think will do well. This week, I decided to go for Peterson, Turner and Rogers with the Green Bay Packers in Defense. The key, though, was picking Ajirotutu – he was cheaper and I knew their main receiving weapon was out. He scored over 100 yards and two touchdowns. The Green Bay Packers scored 28 points – but that was only because Dallas was so terrible.

I watched the FanDuel live scoring so closely from the end of Sunday and all during the Monday game. I needed to be sure that nobody snuck up on me from behind. It was so intense.

Have you won anything like this in the past?

I’ve won a couple of different things in the past. I’ve probably won around $95k through fantasy contests in the past 3 years.

Other than winning, what is the best thing about FanDuel?

I have been very impressed with FanDuel’s customer service. This is something a guy like me looks for in a fantasy sports site. Some sites take 6-8 weeks to process a withdrawal – today I got mine within 15 minutes. I can’t stress enough how impressed I have been with FanDuel.

I’ve thought about the daily concept a lot recently. At one point I told my dad that I’d make more money playing fantasy sports than I would as a teacher. Last year I made twice as much. For anyone who wants to play fantasy to earn a living or as a substantial part of your income, the daily fantasy sports concept is terrific. But it’s also for the casual player who has injuries to his season long team and just wants some fun. FanDuel caters for the casual and the serious player at the same time.

What do you do when you’re not winning fantasy football contests?

I go hunting and fishing when I can. I also enjoy throwing horseshoes and spending time with my kids.

Have you been playing FanDuel long?

I’m new to the daily concept, but I’m definitely interested in playing more. I joined FanDuel a few months ago, but it was only in the summer when I got an email telling me about the FFFC that it really got me interested. I called my brother – who also plays fantasy – right away and told him about it. We put in our time each week, entering several teams in the FFFC every week and finally this week it came through.

Have you been to Las Vegas before?

I’ve been to Vegas about 6 or 7 times before. Twice for fantasy events. I love it there!

If you won the $25,000 in the Grand Final, what would you spend it on?

If I won the grand prize, I’d spend it on remodelling the house – we really need new flooring. And a new car too – I don’t know how much longer mine will last!

DO YOU WANT TO BE THE FIRST EVER

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ONLY 1 SEAT LEFT IN THE GRAND FINAL.

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With a total prize pool of $40,000 plus an expenses paid trip to Vegas and $500 spending money, you’d be crazy not to!

November 10, 2010 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

FanDuel’s Fantasy Football Writers League Week 9 Report: Chet Gresham Does It Again

For the second time during the FFFC contest, Chet Gresham of Razzball has found himself in the top 10. Gresham finished 6th in Week 9 (winning $90) after previously finishing 8th back in Week 2.

Overall, it was a pretty good week for the experts, as four experts finished in the top 30 spots. With only week left, it’ll be interesting to see what everyone can do.

Week 9’s full results for the experts are below.

6. Chet Gresham – Editor at Razzball (cgdoc) – 164.3
28. Marc Caviglia – Bruno Boys Fantasy Football (brunoboys) – 146.22
29. Stephen Douglas – Writer for The Big Lead (crm_stephen) – 145.76
30. Paul Greco – Founder of FantasyPros911 and associate editor of Baseball Digest (paulgreco) – 145.66
80. Joe Kinsey – Founder of Busted Coverage (bustedcoverage) – 135
164. Matt Mullin of Philly.com (philly_sports) – 125.42
194. Nathan Zegura – Founder of The Fantasy Consultant (tfc_zegura) – 122.36
213. Will Leitch – former editor of Deadspin, contributing editor to New York Magazine, Sporting News columnist (will_leitch) – 120.4
216. Brian Berkowitz – Senior Director of Digital Media at Maxim.com and Blender.com (bberkowitz) – 120.2
219. Will Brinson – CBS Sports football blogger and writer (rwbrinso) – 120.02
257. Ben Ice – Founder of RotoExperts, Senior writer at Fantasy Sharks (ben_ice) – 116.12
329. Jimmy Traina – Sports Illustrated (jimmy_traina) – 109.8
457. Tom Herrera – AOL Fanhouse and RotoExperts fantasy writer (snydayre) – 100.02
507. Joe Fortenbaugh – National Football Post (national_football_post) – 93.72
519. Bill Kline – Sports editor of The Morning Call (bill_kline) – 92.2
526. Randy Youngman – Columnist at Orange County Register (R_Youngman) – 91.62
543. Matt Ufford – Editor at Uproxx Media, author of Warming Glow, founder of With Leather and Kissing Suzy Kolber (matt_ufford) – 88.16
591. Andrew Isaac – Sports editor at Guyism (isaacand) – 79.7
592. Eric Fisher – Sports Business Journal e_fisher – 79.32

November 10, 2010 at 7:53 am Leave a comment

NHL Writers League Week 5: Hockey Joe is a Repeat Offender

Week 5 of the contest is over, and once again, we have a repeat offender. I mean winner. Yes, Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk on NBCSports.com has won for a second time, beating Cam Davie, Editor of Canucks Army, by a little more than a point. Man that’s close.

This means Joe has won another $50, bringing his contest total up to $100. Not too shabby.

Kevin Schultz, Editor of Barry Melrose Rocks and writer for AOL’s NHL Fanhouse, still holds the highest single score in the contest of 50.2 points, which has him on pace to snatch an extra $250 if that score holds up. And there are only two weeks left to go in the contest.

Here’s how everyone who participated this week did.

1. Joe Yerdon (JYerdon) – Editor of Pro Hockey Talk on NBCSports.com – 44.4
2. Cam Davie (camdavie) – Editor of Canucks Army – 43.2
3. Michael Remis (illegalcurve) – Producer, Webmaster, Twitterer & Tech Wizard for Illegal Curve – 43
4. Mike Chen (bswb97) – Editor of From The Rink – 35
5. Kevin Schultz (Schultz80) – Editor of Barry Melrose Rocks and writer for AOL’s NHL Fanhouse – 32.8
6. PPP (PensionPlanPuppets) – Editor of Pension Plan Puppets – 31
7. Gary Wilson (landsharkhockey) – Editor of Landshark Hockey – 29
8. Andrew Bucholtz (andrew_bucholtz) – Editor of Yahoo’s CFL blog 55-yard Line, Editor of Sporting Madness and Canuck Puck – 27.6
9. Sean Leahy (sleahy21) – Associate editor of Yahoo’s NHL blog Puck Daddy – 14.8

If you want to start playing NHL fantasy, then head right here and get started.

November 8, 2010 at 10:39 pm Leave a comment

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