DraftKings confirms Australia launch

18 April 2018

DraftKings is to expand its reach beyond North America and Europe by rolling out its services in Australia.

The daily fantasy sports company expects to go live in the country before the end of the second quarter, having obtained a licence from the Northern Territory Racing Commission.

DraftKings will be permitted to offer daily fantasy sports to consumers across the country

Australia becomes the eighth country in which punters can access such services from DraftKings.

Jason Robins, chief executive of DraftKings, said: “Within the last few years, Australia’s burgeoning fantasy sports market has dramatically evolved, adding a variety of daily fantasy sports platforms, feeding the appetite of the many passionate sports fans who love getting closer to the teams, athletes and sports they love.

“Australia is an important market for DraftKings, as it combines devoted sports fans with sophisticated, tech-savvy consumers – exactly the kind of people who love competing on DraftKings.”

The move comes as DraftKings prepares to expand its services in the US market by adding sports betting options.

DraftKings is waiting on the Supreme Court to rule on New Jersey’s long-running bid to overturn the federal 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) before progressing with the plans.

Earlier this month, DraftKings revealed that it had opened talks with a number of casinos in New Jersey about potential sports betting partnerships.

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