FanDuel is quietly testing a new lobby for its daily fantasy sports site. Players are being randomly selected by FanDuel to view and play with the new lobby. The new lobby, which has no official launch date is cleaner, more visually appealing and easier to navigate, with a bias towards finding games in a hierarchy – sport, contest type and contest.
If you have not noticed the new lobby, don’t worry — it is apparently being rolled out to players slowly. If you don’t have access to the new FanDuel lobby, it can still be accessed by navigating to https://www.fanduel.com/games. Players should be aware that this is not an officially released beta test so there still may be bugs. If the changes are not currently to you liking, you can easily go back to the old lobby going clicking the FanDuel logo or going to FanDuel.com.
What Does the New FanDuel Lobby Look Like?
Here is a screenshot of new lobby that FanDuel is beta testing.
The first thing that players will notice is the lobby is organized more cleanly. At the top (or the left hand side depending on how wide your screen is) you can separate the contests by sport. Currently only NFL and MLB games are prominently displayed as the NBA, NHL, college football and college basketball are not currently in season.
From there, each of the sports are subdivided into FanDuel’s main contest types – Tournaments, Leagues, Head to Heads and 50/50s and Multipliers. Once you have chosen a contest type, FanDuel has conveniently placed entry fees at the top of the lobby, above the contests. On the Tournaments page, FanDuel also has given players the ability to show all tournaments or just satellites and qualifiers at the top.
Like the old design, you can sort the individual contests by contest name, number of entries, size of contest, entry fee, prizes and starting time, which is consistent among the four types of contests. Note that when doing your searching, that the featured events are stickied to the top, so you may have to go down a few contests to find what you are looking for.
Guaranteed prize (denoted in blue) and multi-entry (orange) markers are still available in the new lobby but have been greatly minimized to take up less space.
Once you are the tab of the contest you are looking for, you can also use the search to “find in list” for those contest types. This works really well if you have a regular tournament you like to participate in want to enter a contest with a certain salary cap.
When new contests are added, a red “New Contests Available” button pops up at the bottom of the page. This currently is a constant at the top of the FanDuel lobby.
Final Thoughts on the Lobby
The new lobby works great regardless of how you resize your windows, which means it should work well on a variety of different screens. I also like how you can easily select a “slate” of games for a specific time frame. A recent day’s action for MLB might have slates of 7:07, 8:05 and 9:40 PM ET. Laying these games out in this manner avoids the need to sort from the column and scroll to the games you are looking for.
One negative I found was that there doesn’t appear to be any way to search for all contest within a sport. You can only search within a contest type. Not a huge deal but may affect some players who are used to using the current search.
Stay tuned to Daily Sports Codes for additional information on the FanDuel lobby and an announcement when they roll out the new layout to all players.