Games company expands in UK and US

Fantasy sports firm Fanduel to double headcount

FanduelFanDuel, the Edinburgh-based fantasy sports firm, is doubling its headcount on both sides of the Atlantic as it nears its target of becoming a $1 billion company.

It  is hiring software engineers and has also taken on the majority of the team at Zynga Sports 365, an Orlando-based sports studio that closed earlier this month following big lay-offs.

Among the recruits is sports tech industry expert Mike Taramykin and 40 experienced sports game developers.

Mr Taramykin and his team have more than 20 years experience developing sports games from Hypnotix, EA SPORTS and Zynga.

These new employees will be based at new FanDuel offices in Orlando and will complement the existing FanDuel teams in Edinburgh, Glasgow, New York and Los Angeles.  The company said it was actively recruiting for software engineers in Scotland.

FanDuel, founded in Edinburgh in 2009, has rapidly emerged as one of Scotland’s new generation of tech success stories, with an online product developed and managed in Scotland but with a customer base wholly in the US.

There are 230 staff split between the UK and the US, including the 40 new Orlando hires and 83 staff in Edinburgh. A new office is due to open in Glasgow. There are more than one million users paying projected entry fees this year of more than $1.5 billion.

The company paid out $1m earlier this month to sponsor Floyd Mayweather in the so-called Fight of the Century.

FanDuel is on its way to becoming a $1 billion company after securing its position as a key player in the sports entertainment sector with exclusive partnership deals with CBS, NBC and is the official daily fantasy sports provider to the NBA.

Nigel Eccles, FanDuel chief executive and co-founder, said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to hire Mike and his team.  Mike brings unparalleled expertise having worked on iconic titles such as Madden NFL and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR over multiple platforms.

“We look forward to working with our new Orlando team to continue to innovate within the sports entertainment space.  At FanDuel we have always prided ourselves on hiring the very best people, opening an office in Orlando is a great strategic move as there is a wealth of sports tech talent based there.”

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