As of October 21st AlphaDraft, an fantasy eSports site, closed it’s doors.
An email to users was sent before it shut down:
“Two years ago, we set out to combine eSports with daily fantasy sports. In February 2015, our team launched AlphaDraft, bringing you daily and weekly fantasy eSports contests. What started with only a few eSports contests expanded along the way and we are very proud of the platform we built. However, as we continue to evaluate the eSports landscape, we are announcing today that we have made the difficult decision to stop offering fantasy eSports contests on AlphaDraft as of Friday, October 21, at the conclusion of the League of Legends World Championship. You can continue to play contests until this time.”
Now the reason of why AlphaDraft shut down is unclear. But it seems really odd why it happened. They were doing well, beating all their main competitors like DraftKings and Vulcann, so it came as a shock to all. I never played on the site, but many individuals were constantly giving them shout outs on Twitter and on YouTube such as Thorin.
Daily fantasy sports is currently banned in five states, allowed in 12, and several other states have pending legislation to try and regulate DFS within existing gambling statutes. This could be a part of the reason of AlphaDraft’s fragmentation.