Popular daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel has temporarily stopped allowing New Yorkers to play its games.

By SI Wire
November 17, 2015

Popular daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel has temporarily stopped allowing New Yorkers to play its games, the company announced Tuesday.

The ban could be lifted depending on a judge’s ruling regarding the legality of daily fantasy sports on Nov. 25.

FanDuel released a response to the legal situation in New York on Tuesday, noting that the company filed for a temporary restraining order that would allow New York users to continue playing on its site while the legal case was pending. However, the court did not issue the restraining order.

“As a result of that decision, we are temporarily suspending entry in paid contests for people located in New York as of 2:30 p.m. EST today, Tuesday, November 17th. This is in addition to the restrictions on deposits previously implemented. We believe that this restriction is temporary and we hope to be able to offer our paid contests to New Yorkers again very soon,” FanDuel wrote.

Last week, New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman ordered FanDuel and similar daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings to immediately stop accepting bets in New York. Schneiderman argues that participation in daily fantasy sports games violates New York state’s gambling laws.

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After Schneiderman’s cease and desist letter, FanDuel stopped accepting deposits in New York.

On Friday, both FanDuel and DraftKings filed lawsuits against Schneiderman to prevent their websites from being shutdown in New York. The companies argue that participants need a certain level of skill in order to play their games, therefore, making the games exempt from being classified as gambling.

- Xandria James

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