DraftKings confirms delay to UK launch

DraftKings confirms delay to UK launch

Friday, December 18, 2015 Totally Gaming
Australian media firms are looking to invest in DFS, according to reports

DraftKings has announced that it will delay its UK launch until 2016, as a number of major Australian companies were reported to be interested in investing in daily fantasy sports (DFS).

DraftKings was awarded a gambling licence in the UK in August and announced it would launch in the fourth quarter of 2015, although chief executive Jason Robins soon after said it could be as early as October.

The US company - which was handed a temporary ban in New York last week, but has since been granted an interim stay to continue operating until January 4 - has already opened a London office under Jeffrey Haas, chief international officer, and was a partner of the NFL International Series, held at Wembley Stadium, in October.

News portal Bloomberg reported that DraftKings spokeswoman Pippa Hancock said in an e-mail that the UK launch would come “early next year”.

Meanwhile, the Australian newspaper said that some of the country's biggest media companies are considering entering the DFS sector.

Gaming company TopBetta is reported to have held talks with Seven and other traditional media companies about potential joint ventures and partnerships, while NewsCorp and CrownBet are also understood to be considering an investment in the sector.

Existing fantasy sports operators in Australia include Moneyball, Top 8, Sportsfantasypro, StadiumFantasy and FanSports.

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