Yahoo Daily Fantasy is undergoing some changes that could affect you, especially if you play a lot on the site. Last week, Yahoo launched an initiative called “Fair Play,” which is believed will level the playing field for players and make the games more even. Among the changes, Yahoo Fair Play will limit the number of entries in tournament contests and restrict the use of scripts.
The restrictions will largely effect high-volume and professional players at the Yahoo Daily Fantasy site. The changes are instituted to make the experience more friendly to recreation players and aid the DFS ecosystem which requires new money to be deposited. Many players seem to be embracing the new changes. DraftKings also enacted similar policies in recent months.
In a statement, Yahoo Daily Fantasy said the following changes will make its contests more fun for users. Michael La Guardia, the Head of Product for Yahoo Sports and Finance said, “we are making these changes today as the result of months of user experience and customer requests. Yahoo values an environment that is transparent and trustworthy. We also want to provide the best Fantasy games for true sports fans. Fair Play does both.”
Yahoo Fair Play Daily Fantasy Changes
As part of Yahoo Fair Play, the following changes are being made to Yahoo Daily Fantasy. You can watch a video on the changes here:
Multi-entries Limited: Much like DraftKings did a few months ago, Yahoo will now be limiting the number of contests a player can enter. With the changes, multi-entry contests will be limited 1% of total entries in the contest with a maximum of 10 entries per contest. Yahoo maintains that they will continue to offer single entry tournament contests in addition to other types of contests such as 50/50s and head to head contests. Mutli-entry contests are popular with players who like to add many lineups to lower their variance.
Scripting Restrictions: Yahoo is also following DraftKings’ lead by restricting scripts and tools which make putting together lineups easier. With the Fair Play changes, Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy will restrict any type of scripting tool to upload or edit Yahoo Daily Fantasy lineups.
Opponent Labeling: Fair Play will also begin to label “veteran” players on the site with a badge that signals to all players that they are high-volume players. To be labeled as a veteran player, a player must meet one of three requirements: entered more than 1,000 contests in a year, entered more than 250 contests and won 65% or more OR won a prize more than $1,000 more than three times in a year.
Despite the new badge for frequent players, Yahoo Daily Fantasy is still welcoming “Veteran” players and will even be offering free invitation-only contests.