In short: DraftKings recognizes something went wrong, and is vowing to prevent it from happening again.
“We are extremely grateful to everyone who joined us on DraftKings Marketplace for our first ever NFT drop this week,” the statement from the company read. “It was a tremendous success and this new technology was a first step in making digital collectables accessible to millions of consumers. We have identified that some people were able to join into the queue more than once, which gave them extra chances to get access to buy an NFT before they sold out. We are committed to ensuring that our marketplace offers a best-in-class experience for everyone who wishes to buy an NFT on DraftKings Marketplace and will take steps to limit the ability to join the queue more than once before our next drop.”
The issue of one user managing to snag all of the Brady autographs — back of the envelope math has that as a .0000000000046875% chance — first came to light Saturday morning in a series of tweets from a Twitter user, Dan, who goes by the handle @nohitter_48. He did the gumshoe work of finding out who bought each minted Tom Brady NFT, which is publicly available information on the DraftKings Marketplace.
And it was shown one user — SweetBabyNicco — was able to purchase all five Brady-autographed NFTs. Another user was able to buy four of the five, eight managed three, and another 21 users got two.
The statistical improbabilities for the Signature NFTs. Sure several of the 1/100 for 2 may be outliers but please explain the 3+ NFTs with this in terms of statistical significance. Working as intended… @DraftKings @SamENole @mattkalish pic.twitter.com/dnFlwPE9NA
— Dan (@nohitter_48) August 14, 2021
After snagging all five Brady NFTs — worth $3,250 at the time of purchase — SweetBabyNicco was able to turn around and sell them for over $76,000.
No immediate response
Emails to DraftKings were not immediately returned Saturday, and the issue simmered over the rest of the weekend.
This marred an otherwise stellar debut by DraftKings in the NFT space. Last Wednesday, the first day of the launch, went swimmingly, with virtually all social media comments striking a positive tone. The “drops” of each Brady NFT went off without a hitch, and money was easily transferred in and out of users’ DraftKings accounts.
Insanely impressed w/how smooth the first @DraftKings NFT drop queue was.
Easy to Join
Line was fast (5,000 transactions in <15 mins)
Quick Checkout from DK Balance
Should be an awesome onramp for more of the DFS community to explore the vast NFT space.
— Sky Hook (@SkyHookDFS) August 11, 2021
Of course, public sentiment took a turn as a result of the Friday Brady autograph scandal/confusion. One lingering question is how, exactly, one user managed to secure all five NFTs. One potential explanation is that DraftKings failed to limit the amount of waiting rooms someone could hang out in in an effort to secure a position on line. Theoretically, someone could wait in a million waiting rooms, making it likely they would secure a spot in line low enough to capture an NFT. The issue for the user would be being able to check a million different waiting rooms to see if they got a place in line. A bot (or something of the like) could potentially be used to overcome that obstacle.
— Captain Jack Andrews (@capjack2000) August 14, 2021
The next DraftKings Marketplace NFT drop is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, when a series of Wayne Gretzky NFTs are minted.