First of all, I would like to apologise deeply for the problems we have experienced with the Fantasy Rugby League game on the site in recent months.
In nearly 10 years of running the competition, we have never experienced any outages or problems of this sort, and it has been incredibly frustrating for myself and the team behind it, as I’m sure it has been for you, the valued players.
I would also like to apologise for the lack of updates about the situation. I have spoken to a number of players via email, though in hindsight should have done a more public notice before now – the problem being that I too was never quite sure of the status of the situation to an extent that I felt comfortable giving a definitive comment on it.
A necessary security and software upgrade back in June uncovered a number of problems which have taken months of development resource to resolve and meant that the game has been unable for users to access – save for a week or two in the middle of the period, where transfers were limited anyway due to us needing the time to process updates.
It has affected every player, so there has been no advantage or disadvantage gained by any individual players – the only frustration being you’ve not been able to transfer in or out, new or under-performing players.
We have the longest running and most consistent free to play Fantasy Rugby League out there, and it has always been a priority of mine to run it year in, year out for both Super League and the Championship. Over the years, this has come at great cost to myself, but the enjoyment that fans, work colleagues, friends and others have got from it has been worth it.
We do plan to run Fantasy Rugby League again in 2019 now that the issues have been resolved, and we will hopefully be able to add some new features and chuck up some better prizes.
With regards to the 2018 competition, now that we believe the problems are behind us, Lucy will be working hard to catch up everybody’s team from the missing weeks so that we can finalise the overall rankings and allocate prizes.
Friends leagues will also be calculated, so you can see who can claim bragging rights amongst your friends or work groups.
This site is now 13 years old, it’s been a significant part of my life, and that won’t change.
I hope that we can be forgiven for the issues this year, and that you’ll be back for Fantasy Rugby League in 2019, which we hope can be bigger and better than ever before.