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DraftKings Brings Daily Fantasy Football to Ireland

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Continuing its global market expansion in Europe,
DraftKings brings its games to millions of Irish sports fans 

 

DraftKings, the world’s largest Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) platform, today announced its launch in Ireland. Players from the Emerald Isle can now test their sports knowledge and DFS skills against players from across North America and Europe. DraftKings will offer proper football leagues including Premier League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, La Liga, La Liga MX, MLS & more, Golf (PGA & European Tour), Mixed Martial Arts, eSports, CFL, EuroLeague Basketball as well as an extensive range of American Sports, including: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR.

Ireland’s sports culture runs deep, with hundreds of thousands of passionate fans following both ‘proper football’ and ‘gridiron football’ across European and American sports leagues. Irish football fans will find many opportunities to test their wits on DraftKings while enjoying a new way to sweat the action during fixtures. We enhance that connection with our exciting contests, innovative content and real-time sports analysis and data. DraftKings is essentially the second screen for sports fans watching a match at the pub, at home or on the go.” – said Jeffrey Haas, DraftKings Chief International Officer.

The launch of the platform kicked off with DraftKings’ Liverpool Match Tickets promotion on October 9. The winner of the contest will be awarded tickets to the upcoming Liverpool FC vs. Manchester United FC match on October 14, 2017. Interested players can sign up and participate here.

DraftKings prioritized Ireland as an expansion market due to the country’s fervent sports fans. According to The Philip Lee Sport Report II, there are 2.7 million people in Ireland interested in sports – of that, 2.1 million attended professional and amateur sporting events in 2016. Additionally, Ireland spent €2.5 billion on the sports industry last year.

Daily Fantasy Sports enhances the overall sports media market, adding value to nearly all aspects of the sports experience. In a survey of DraftKings customers, almost half of players have started following another sport since playing DraftKings, and nearly 80% of players have increased their sports content consumption. Fantasy sports players engage with more content (TV, radio, online and print) than non-players. Also:

  • Two-thirds of contestants say that they play DFS because it makes watching sports more enjoyable.
  • 60% of DFS contestants report watching games involving teams they don’t usually follow because they are following their fantasy players.
  • 60% of fantasy sports contestants watch more live sports and read more articles about sports since they started playing manager game contests on DraftKings.
  • 41% of DraftKings contestants report watching more sports specific TV programs as a result of playing on DraftKings.

About Daily Fantasy Sports

  • Daily Fantasy Sports, also known as ‘Football Manager Games’, both in its traditional season-long and daily or weekly format, are a game of skill. They are an extension of the traditional season-long manager games that many sports fans are most familiar with.
  • DFS Contest outcomes do not rely on the winners or point differential of the real-life sporting events. Scoring is based on cumulative statistical performances of a group of real-life athletes.
  • Players can choose to enter from a full suite of contests made for different skill-levels:
    • Beginner only games: Only ‘beginner and casual players’ can participate.
    • Casual contests: Available to any user who doesn’t have a Highly Experienced Player (HEP) badge; this is typically acquired when a player plays in 500 contests.
    • Leagues: The first-of-its-kind private, customized contest for individuals to play with friends and family. Leagues was launched based on direct feedback from DraftKings players in the US, Canada and the UK, for a more personalized social experience, and will be a great offering for new players in Ireland.

DraftKings’ launch in Ireland comes 18 months after first opening in Europe and six months after its launch in Germany following the acquisition of a Controlled Skill Games License in Malta. In the UK, September 2017 saw 51% year-over-year growth in entry fees and 31% year-over-year growth in new customers. In Germany, September saw 46% month-over-month growth in registered customers, the largest monthly growth to-date. DraftKings intends to continue expanding its geographic footprint, both in Europe and elsewhere.

All seasonally-available DraftKings sports and contests are currently live, and Irish sports fans can access them at https://ie.draftkings.com

 

About DraftKings 

DraftKings is an innovative sports-tech entertainment platform changing the way consumers engage with their favorite sports, teams and athletes by bringing fans closer to the game. DraftKings, headquartered in Boston, MA, offers daily and weekly fantasy sports contests across ten professional sports. Founded in 2012 by Jason Robins, Matt Kalish and Paul Liberman, DraftKings is the daily fantasy sports partner of Major League Baseball, The National Hockey League, NASCAR, Canadian Football League, NFL International Series and the English Premier League club, Liverpool FC. DraftKings makes sports better and better sports fans by creating the ‘Game Inside the Game.’

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DFS expert DraftKings launches new Aussie Rules games with huge prize pool across 31-week season

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Ahead of the launch of the new season DFS expert DraftKings has launched the industry’s most comprehensive Australian Football Rules (AFL) Daily Fantasy Sports product to appeal to an untapped global audience of hundreds of millions of fans in one of the world’s most exciting and toughest sports.

Daily fantasy sports players will be able to get involved in a multitude of new and exciting games with huge cash prize pools across a 31-week long season that includes four weeks of finals. It will be the biggest first prize in DFS history in Australia with $85,000 available on the opening night and $200,000 across the opening round.

The introduction of Aussie Rules (AFL) DFS broadens DraftKings’ already leading portfolio of daily fantasy content to more than 15 global sports and enables an even wider international fan base to get involved.

As the world’s fourth most attended sport and with more than 111.4 million people tuning in to AFL broadcasts in 2020 alone there is a huge internal fanbase as well as major cross-sell opportunities for DraftKings with AFL to attract dedicated fans as well as traditional NFL, NBA and golf customers among others. I have attached an information sheet about the sport for more information.

Jeffrey Haas, SVP International Strategy DraftKings said: “The Australian Football League boasts huge appeal both in Australia and internationally with the fourth-highest domestic audience attendance globally. This compelling sport caters to Australian players domestically along with their vast expatriate population around the world as fans in Canada, the US and the UK can all watch via the AFL’s international broadcast partners.

“With DraftKings’ rich daily fantasy heritage, we are thrilled to add these AFL contests to our industry-leading variety of DFS categories as an ‘Approved AFL Fantasy Sports and Betting Provider.’ Fans all over can discover and incorporate AFL action into their second-screen gaming experience as the 31-week-long season plus four weeks of finals gets underway where some of the toughest athletes on the planet square up for intense end-to-end action.”

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Scout Gaming signs agreement with ATG

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Scout Gaming has entered into an agreement with AB Trav & Galopp, ATG (the Swedish Horse Racing Totalisator Board), Sweden’s largest gaming operator measured by turnover.

The companies have agreed to jointly launch Scout Gaming’s award-winning DFS product on ATG.se with a soft launch aimed at the second quarter 2021, followed by a wider marketing push in the third quarter, in time for the start of English Premier League and other major European sport leagues.

ATG is owned by the Swedish trotting and thoroughbred associations and was the exclusive provider of horse betting on the Swedish market from 1974 until the end of December 2018. When the Swedish market re-regulated in 2019 the company was able for the first time to expand into other product verticals such as sports betting and casino.  ATG has since quickly proven to be successful in what is a highly competitive online gaming market – having held the largest market share of the total gaming market in 2019 and engaged over 1.3 million customers in the Swedish gaming market. This is the first time a major leading operator launches Scout Gaming’s DFS product on the Swedish market.

“I’m very excited to have the privilege of launching our fantasy sports product on ATG.se, thus reaching a wider potential player base than ever before. ATG has in a short time proven to be very agile in its expansion into new products, therefore not a surprise when they now are first to seize the opportunity of being early mover in a fast-expanding trend within fantasy sports “, comments Scout Gaming’s CCO, Joakim Renman.

“We try to constantly offer our customers exciting new experiences and are keen to add fantasy sports as, what we hope will be, a key vertical offering for ATG moving forward. We have watched this game format grow in popularity around the world and believe that Swedish customers will also appreciate this exciting product. With our almost 50-year legacy of offering pool games and recent expansion into sports betting we believe that we have primed for a successful rollout of daily fantasy sports to the Swedish sports audience”, comments ATG’s Head of Sports Betting, Christian Erlandsson.

The agreement is expected to have a moderate to high impact on Scout Gaming’s revenues from the second half of 2021 onwards.

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DraftKings kicks off first-of-its-kind DFS World Cup

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10 global teams will battle it out over two weeks to find the ultimate Daily Fantasy Sports nation

What: The DraftKings World Cup sets national teams of the best DraftKings DFS players from around the world against each other to determine the elite DFS playing nation, and to crown the first DraftKings World Cup Champion.

Ten teams from each country where DraftKings operates DFS are represented in this special two-week series that aims to both fuel the competitive spirits and sporting rivalry between nations.

Who: 10 teams of 10 players will be participating.

The teams include USA East, USA West, Canada, England, Scotland, The Republic of Ireland, Wales, Germany, Australia and the Rest of Europe, with each country having 10 players representing the nations. The individuals selected are some of the best DraftKings DFS players from across each of the countries as well as several ‘wildcards’ filled through qualifier contests.

When: The DraftKings World Cup will be run over two weeks, from 22nd October to 1st November.

The top four teams with the highest combined points in week one will progress to the final, with the remaining six teams eliminated.

Scoring: The teams will collect points by betting on six different events in the first week including the English Premier League (EPL), PGA golf, Major League Baseball (MLB), Australian Football League (AFL), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and the NFL. Only the top four teams will qualify for the final week where the events will be PGA, UFC, EPL, NFL and Nascar.

Week one has a total of six events. All 100 players enter each contest. If you get first place, you get 100 points for your country and if you get last, you only get 1 point. Second place gets 99 points, third place 98 points, and so on.

 

Yellow events highlighted above are the five Premiere Events, where points count as double (first place gets 200, last place gets 2).

Payout Structure: As this is a team competition, all overall prizes are split between team members. However, there will be individual prizes for the winner of each contest ($500 or $1000 for premiere events). The top prize is $10,000.

1st – $10,000 2nd – $7,500 3rd – $5,000 4th – $2,500

Engagement: To further build interest and engagement, DraftKings has created a shadow contest that will run alongside the main event where any DFS players can win a share of a prize pool if they beat the top score of those participating in the DK World Cup. All shadow events will offer $1,000 with the final contest NFL (11/1) being $3,000

A landing page will be live later this week which will be the one-stop-shop for those wanting to follow and it will include teams, live leaderboard, contests and shadow links etc.

Clinton Gray, VIP Manager at DraftKings, said: “Fan engagement is paramount at DraftKings and, ahead of a packed lives sports schedule next year, we are fueling the competitive spirits of our player base by launching a World Cup featuring teams from every country we are active in across an array of daily fantasy sports categories. It will be a thrilling two weeks of fierce competition and we look forward to crowning the first DFS World Cup team winners.”

A landing page will hopefully be live later this week which will be the one stop shop for those wanting to follow and it will include teams, live leaderboard, contest and shadow links etc.

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