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DraftKings Extends Esports Betting Reach with CS:GO Fantasy Game
DraftKings has improved its esports betting options after announcing a new fantasy game centred around Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as US punters flock to gambling alternatives.
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in almost every mainstream sport being suspended for the foreseeable future, and daily fantasy sports (DFS) operators have responded by increasing their esports selections.
Rocket League was confirmed as another new addition to the DFS game catalogue, and DraftKings recently tweeted confirming customers could now bet on CS:GO matches.
League of Legends (LoL) fantasy games have been another recent addition to the DFS brochure, with sportsbooks relying more and more on the online gaming industry to steady the ship during the pandemic.
DFS punters who would usually build teams using players from the NFL, NBA and MLB can now look to stock their rosters with gamers participating in competitions like the ESL Pro League.
Jason Robins, chief executive officer of DraftKings, recently appeared on the FOX Business Network (h/t Yahoo Finance) and said the site (and app) intended to follow through with its plans of going public, which he expects to happen in the second quarter of 2020:
“On our end, I think the plans are the same. We don’t have a big physical presence. Being a digital company, obviously not having sports reduces the amount of content we have. But the types our team is working on, the products we’re working on, nothing much has changed there.
“Same story for us on the going-public side, where we’re proceeding with that as planned and really we’re trying to just continue with the same strategy and the same path we’ve been going down.”
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