The use of scripts has been a hot topic in the DFS community, with some arguing that it gives more sophisticated players too big of an edge on casual users. In an attempt to level the playing field, DraftKings announced on Friday that it would ban the use of such scripts, and take measures to identify high-volume players.
While scripting tools are easily found on sites like RotoGrinders, or even through a simple Google search, DraftKings believes that inexperienced players should have the chance to leverage the same tools that their competitors might be using. DraftKings users will now be prohibited from using third-party utilities, but will be offered on-site tools which will be available to all players.
Tools available for all
Some believe that presenting such tools to casual players will have an intimidating effect and will cause new players to shy away from the game. “If they log on and see something 外汇交易平台 technical that tells them they can build 100+ lineups, here’s how you do it, no lineup building required, etc., then IMO it will scare casual users off,” said ‘jakz101’ in a . “I agree … this will backfire in a big way.”
Poster ‘gje627’ thinks otherwise, and believes that the tools won’t have much of an effect on amateur players, who on average only enter a small number of lineups. “I also disagree that this change will discourage the casual user from playing because it’s too technically challenging,” he said. “I really don’t think most users will find it all that difficult to fill out and upload a .csv file. If they do find it too difficult, they probably shouldn’t be trusted to spend their money on DK in the first place.”
Identifying tough competitors
While DraftKings also plans to identify experienced players for other uses of the site, it has yet to decide the criteria it will use for the task. The site could, for example, make use of badges, which have long been used by sites like PokerStars to identify the VIP level of each player.
DraftKings has already made some changes to limit the number of entries players can make in low limit games, something for which DFS pros .
and are currently under pressure in several states, after New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman proclaimed his belief that the games were unfair. While the DraftKings changes might have been in the works even before the recent industry scrutiny, they could be seen as a response to those who say pro players have too big of an edge.
“When you look at the package holistically, I think it really defines just how much effort we’re putting into building a contest that has all the bells and whistles out there possible to make the contest as transparent as possible and give you the most control so that you can pick and choose what you want to do and when you want to do it,” DraftKings chief marketing officer Janet Holian told ESPN. “We have to make sure that we’re making it clear on the site.”