DraftKings is trying to further clamp down on users who are somehow skirting the system and managing to land NFT after NFT (after NFT) despite odds longer than a two-legged racehorse at the Kentucky Derby.
Tired metaphors aside, last Friday at least six different people were able to snag a trio of Wayne Gretzky autographed NFTs. Each time, more than 20,000 people were in line to get one, and each time, there were no more than 100 of each issue to be gotten. This came on the heels of one user managing to secure all five Tom Brady autographed NFTs two weeks ago, which netted the user a profit of more than $72,000.
— Arrested Development (@bluthquotes) June 1, 2021
This time around, however, the statement issued late Wednesday is not unsigned, and the punishment for breaking the rules — one spot in line per person, please — is severe.
“Thank you to everyone in our community who has participated in our NFT drops on DraftKings Marketplace in its opening weeks,” Beth Beiriger, the senior vice president of marketplace operations at DraftKings, said in an emailed statement. “Consumers who attempt to circumvent our policies and procedures regarding the queue process will be subject to appropriate action, including restriction, suspension or banning of their accounts.”
A non-autographed NFT drop of tennis sensation Naomi Osaka occurred Wednesday without incident. The autographed versions of her NFTs are to drop Friday, when many eyes will be watching to see how well DraftKings is policing the issue.
While it is easy enough to see who is buying and selling the NFTs, it was Twitter user nohitter_48 — aka “Dan” — who brought the issue to the attention of USBets.
At first, it was easy to get into as many lines as you wanted; all you had to do was join the queue from any number of different browsers on the first day.
This issue was not fixed by the Brady autograph drop, and clearly, some users managed to create a way to wait in an untold number of lines — probably by using some type of bot — and it gave them easy access to riches.
This was all reported here, and by the following week — in time for the Gretzky release — users had to click a terms and conditions waiver and prove they weren’t a robot by counting fire hydrants. And the “open different browsers” trick didn’t work any longer.
But clearly, some users were still able to take advantage of some back-end workaround.
Did they figure something out? All 12 Rubies were to solo winners in today's drops. The multiple winners are listed here. pic.twitter.com/mppudJT9YZ
— Dan (@nohitter_48) August 20, 2021
Now, with DraftKings threatening possible expulsion for users who skirt the rules, it will be interesting to see what happens with the Osaka autographs on Friday.
However, it’s also possible we might not get any answers, as the market for the non-autographed Osaka NFTs were significantly cooler than the market for the Brady and Gretzky NFTs.
For instance, the most expensive and rare non-autographed NFT — the “ruby premier” — is numbered to 375 and cost $100 at minting. The least expensive Brady one currently for sale is listed at $1,540; the least expensive Gretzky is listed at $435. Osaka’s is listed at $220.
Additionally, Friday will bring the first-ever WNBA NBA Top Shot drop, scheduled for 2 p.m. EST.