Based in New York and founded in 2009 FanDuel is one of the leading companies in the Fantasy Game market and is currently headed by Nigel Eccles (CEO & Co-founder), Robin Spira (CTO), Mark Irace (CMO) and Tom Griffiths (CPO & Co-founder). With a team of over 100 employees who are spread across 3 offices, FanDuel is one of the key innovators in this business. They currently hold a lifetime payout ledger of more than $310 million and have formed partnerships with NBC sports as well as the Playboy Magazine proving that Fanduel is set to reach greater heights.
What they offer
Daily fantasy game players are allowed the option of competing in their favorite categories of major league sports at FanDuel. Players can select from Pro Football (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), Pro Basketball (NBA), Professional Hockey (NHL) and College Football and Basketball (CFB and CBB). For each of these sports, players can compete in a wide variety of game formats including Head-to-head, Leagues, 50/50s and Tournaments. At any given moment of the day there are more than 12,000 games on offer at FanDuel so that fantasy game fans out there have plenty of options to choose from to maximize the amount won.
Joining FanDuel is a simple process which does not take up any time at all. On the FanDuel homepage there is a large green Join Now button. Clicking this button takes you to a page with a form where you need to fill in your full name, username and password and provide a valid email address. And voila! You are now a registered player at FanDuel.
Before you proceed to click the “Play Now” button if you are in possession of a promo code or referral username click the relevant link to obtain up to a 100% discount bonus (up to $200). The downside to this bonus is that you cannot spend it immediately, you will be able to earn it over time by playing games on FanDuel.
Like all other fantasy gaming sites, you must be over 18 years of age to sign up at FanDuel and be a resident of USA or Canada. In addition, if you reside in the states Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, or Washington, you are not eligible to play for real money on FanDuel.
Payments and Bonuses
The minimum amount that you can deposit at FanDuel is $10 and payments can be made via credit cards or a PayPal account. An added advantage is that FanDuel offers a money back guarantee for up to $100 for the first contest that you take part in.
There are various forms of bonuses offered by FanDuel including:
- Deposit/Pending Bonus – Offered for the first deposit you make at FanDuel (at a rate of 4%)
- FanDuel Points (FDPs) – As part of a reward program offered by FanDuel, you can gain these points for participation in games despite winning or losing.
- Monthly FDP Freerolls – This depends on the number of FDPs earned in a month.
- Weekly Depositors Freeroll – This is for users who deposit between Friday and Thursday for games to be played the following Sunday. It consists of a $250 prize pool of 10 entries to a large prize pool tournament.
Mastering site navigation
FanDuel’s website consists of a minimalistic interface which makes it simple and easy to navigate even for an amateur user. The best part is that in spite the minimalistic design the website is packed with great features to ensure a wholesome fantasy gaming experience.
FanDuel offers a state-of-the-art scoring interface as well as an extremely smooth and responsive interface that makes selection of the player lineup a breeze. Games can be tracked via the My Account interface and you can import lineups that have been drafted previously into multiple leagues of your choice.
FanDuel charges some of the biggest rakes in the industry, yet have the largest player base due to their extensive marketing campaigns. Some of the rakes charged by FanDuel for General League games are as follows:
- $1 to $50 – 10%
- $109 – 8.3%
- $270 – 7.4%
- $535- 6.5%
Mobile Device Compatibility
FanDuel’s website is compatible with all mobile devices in and they have also launched an app which runs on IOS and android platforms.
The IOS app can be downloaded via the iTunes store and the Android app can be downloaded from the FanDuel website itself (it is not available on the Google play store due to their policies with regard to cash-paying apps).
The mobile site as well the apps have elegant and easy to navigate interfaces, and both have similar features. The app opens to the lobby where you can browse all available contests and then lets you select and filter contests of your choice before preparation of lineups. In addition on both you can:
- View live scores of all contests
- Browse upcoming and recent contests
- Make cash withdrawals and deposit cash
A singular disadvantage of the mobile site is the “Download App” banner at the top of the device which takes up a considerable amount of screen space.
Contacting FanDuel for any problems that you come across while engaging in fantasy sports is quite simple. On the left of your username there is a drop down menu which consists of a support button.
The support page of FanDuel contains answers for FAQs, answers for questions on how to make deposits and withdrawals as well as details on bonuses and rules and scoring, as well as on gameplay and opponents.
For any issues that cannot be solved via the support page, FanDuel can be contacted for further support via email.
However, unlike DraftKings, FanDuel does not seem to have an idea of implementing telephone support in the near future.
Being one of the two main players in the fantasy gaming arena, FanDuel has more than 1 million paying users as of 2014 and has quadrupled their earnings over the year. This shows that FanDuel is set to achieve greater innovation and greater heights in fantasy gaming and is a wise choice to pick as your daily fantasy game provider.