Fantasy sports firm to expand into Glasgow

Eccles: headcount to double. Picture: Contributed
Eccles: headcount to double. Picture: Contributed
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FANDUEL is to open a second Scottish office, in Glasgow, following a record year for the fantasy American sports league operator.

Founded in Edinburgh but now headquartered in New York, FanDuel employs 55 software engineers in the Scottish capital. It recently relocated to larger offices in Quartermile.

Nigel Eccles, chief executive and co-founder, said its overall headcount would double by the end of next year, with that growth evenly split between the US and Scotland.

In addition to the expansion in Edinburgh, FanDuel hopes to open an office in Glasgow city centre by February.

“Already some of our members are based in Glasgow, so there will be about five people working there initially, but I would hope we will get that up to something like 25 pretty quickly,” Eccles said.

Set up five years ago by a group of graduates and entrepreneurs, FanDuel charges players to compete in fantasy leagues across the NFL, NBA, NHL and other US sports. Winners get cash prizes, while the company generates revenues by keeping a cut of the entry fees.

The firm’s growth rapidly accelerated in the second half of this year, when it also closed a $70 million (£43m) funding round with venture capitalists in the US. It had 700,000 active paying users in November, versus roughly 150,000 users six months earlier.

Part of that growth has been driven by the August launch of a new iPhone app which has already had 1 million downloads. FanDuel has also started hosting live events, such as last month’s Playboy Championship in Los Angeles.

The company will announce its financial results in January.

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