Fantasy sports player DraftKings expands in Dublin

US sports tech firm DraftKings has revealed it is expanding in Dublin and is reportedly hiring 30 software engineers for its Irish operation.

The sports technology and entertainment company is most known for its industry leading daily fantasy sports and sports betting platforms.

DraftKings’ new Dublin office will be led by Jack Murphy, Engineering Site Lead, who will oversee all engineering and technology capacities while building out the company’s new Irish team.

“Dublin is one of Europe’s top tech hubs and has deep roots in sports betting and gaming”

“Delivering a flawless and responsive consumer experience across our various platforms around the clock to our 11m global customers is our top priority,” said Travis Dunn, DraftKings’ chief technology officer.

“Dublin is one of Europe’s top tech hubs and has deep roots in sports betting and gaming. Establishing roots in Dublin will allow us to provide more comprehensive coverage, respond quicker to issues and work in closer coordination with our international vendors, while recruiting the country’s world class tech and gaming talent.”

Growing the Irish sports tech cluster

DraftKings launched its daily fantasy sports product in Ireland in 2017. The company saw a 213pc year-over-year growth in fantasy contest entries. The National Football League is the most popular sport with Irish customers, with golf and European football rounding out the top three.

“We are delighted to welcome DraftKings to Ireland. We know that they will soon feel at home in Dublin – a sport obsessed and innovation driven city,” said Martina Skelly, co-founder and director of SportsTech Ireland, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to promote Ireland as a world-leading destination for sports innovation and technology.

“A founding US operator of daily fantasy sports and now a leader in sports wagering and mobile gaming, DraftKings’ expansion is proof that Ireland continues to successfully incubate the sports and tech space,” said Skelly.

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Written by John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published:19 November , 2019