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DraftKings to Celebrate Recent Sportsbook Launch and Start of NFL Season with Kickoff Bash

Open to the Public, Event Will Include New York Legends Tiki Barber, Brandon Jacobs, Nick Mangold and Mike Francesa

BOSTON (August 30, 2018) — In the midst of a milestone year, DraftKings will ring in the 2018-19 NFL season and celebrate its first-to-market Sportsbook app at their Kickoff Bash on Sunday, September 9 from 12PM – 8PM. In partnership with Thuzio, this public, ticketed event will be held at Pilsener Haus & Biergarten in Hoboken, N.J., only a short distance from the company’s new Garden State office.

Kickoff Bash attendees will be able to watch the 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET games on the NFL’s Week 1 slate alongside a few New York football legends: former New York Giants running backs Tiki Barber and Brandon Jacobs; former New York Jets center and captain Nick Mangold; and long-time WFAN radio host Mike Francesa.

“Football remains the most popular sport in America, and the start of the NFL season is unsurprisingly the busiest, but most thrilling time for us,” said Ezra Kucharz, Chief Business Officer at DraftKings. “This year is particularly special because sports fans in New Jersey can enjoy DraftKings Sportsbook and our industry-leading daily fantasy contests. Throwing a celebration for our customers – and inviting a few huge names in New York sports to join us – is the only way to properly kick this season off.”

In addition to experiencing DraftKings Sportsbook and numerous daily fantasy contests, Kickoff Bash ticket holders will also have access to a beer-and-wine open bar and heavy appetizers all day, free entrance into a private, event only $10,000 daily fantasy football contest, as well as DraftKings Sportsbook promotions and giveaways.

To learn more about DraftKings’ Kickoff Bash and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.draftkings.com/kickoffbash

 

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About DraftKings

DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 11 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K and Australia. Operating pursuant to state regulations in New Jersey, DraftKings Sportsbook allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports.

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DraftKings Announces High-Tech Jobs Skills Training Program for Bay Area Veterans

“Tech for Heroes” Initiative to Help Former Service Men and Women Transition from Military to Civilian Life   

BOSTON (August 16, 2018) – DraftKings Inc. announced today that it is expanding its Tech for Heroes initiative to San Francisco. This eight-week course, offered free of charge, is designed to provide high-tech job skills training to current and returning veterans and their spouses, so they can expand their knowledge base and find gainful employment in the tech sector upon completion of their military service.

“While there are a lot of opportunities in today’s tech market, it is also extremely competitive, so we want to make sure that those who have made tremendous sacrifices in service to our country are well equipped to compete for those jobs,” said Paul Liberman, co-founder and COO of DraftKings. “We designed our Tech for Heroes class in San Francisco to be responsive to the job market and in a subject that can be applied to nearly any company, no matter their size or industry.”

Working in partnership with the national nonprofit VetsinTech, DraftKings launched the company’s first corporate social responsibility initiative in June, with its first training class in Boston on front-end web development. In addition to Boston and San Francisco, the company has plans to expand the program to additional cities in the coming months.

“DraftKings has such a deep understanding of cutting edge technology and what is required to work in the tech industry, so we are fortunate to have them as a partner in advancing the mutual goal of helping veterans interested in pursuing careers in high-tech,” said Katherine Webster, founder and CEO of VetsinTech.

DraftKings employees will be working with the veterans as mentors to deepen their understanding of employment opportunities at high-tech companies and to further support the veteran graduates pursuing careers in tech.

DraftKings recently announced the establishment of a new office located in the core of downtown San Francisco, which will be home to some of the company’s growth marketing executives and their team. This office will focus primarily on building out a best-in-class growth marketing organization, expanding the DraftKings digital brand and driving customer acquisition.

For additional information on the DraftKings Tech For Heroes program and to inquire about joining a class, please visit Tech for Heroes.

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About DraftKings

DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 11 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K and Australia. Now a licensed operator in New Jersey, DraftKings Sportsbook allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports.

About VetsinTech

VetsinTech supports current and returning veterans with re-integration services, and by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem. VIT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for our veterans interested in education, entrepreneurship, and employment.

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DraftKings Hires Top Executives and Continues Expansion of World Class Sports Betting Team

 

Company Grows Operations in Boston, Opens Satellite Office in San Francisco and Looks to Las Vegas Next 

BOSTON (August 14, 2018) —DraftKings Inc. announced today that the company recently opened an office in San Francisco and is planning to open an office in Las Vegas. Additionally, DraftKings has hired several gaming and sports betting executives to further the momentum created by the successful launch of its first-to-market mobile/online sports betting platform in New Jersey.

“The bar for hiring talent at DraftKings is set extremely high, and our success in being first to market in New Jersey with mobile sports betting is the direct result of our skilled team,” said DraftKings’ co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer Matt Kalish. “I am excited to welcome this new group of executives, while expanding the company to San Francisco and Las Vegas. Presence in these international hubs of technology and gaming, respectively, allows us access to a tremendous talent pool and strengthens our position as leaders in this dynamic industry.”

With a growing footprint, DraftKings also added to its talent with the following personnel moves:

– Jamie Shea joins DraftKings as head of digital sportsbook operations. After spending more than ten years as a sportsbook and racebook director in Las Vegas, she most recently lead North American growth opportunities for International Game Technology.

– Frank Kunovic joins DraftKings as director of retail sportsbook operations. Frank joins DraftKings from Ceasars, where he most recently oversaw over 20 Ceasars Sportsbooks and Racebooks.

– Sean Hurley is now head of commercial growth, working with the company’s business development team based in New York City. Sean brings a wealth of experience in this critical area, most recently as the head of commercial for Amelco, and was instrumental in forging deals that enabled the first-to-market DraftKings Sportsbook in New Jersey.

The newly established downtown San Francisco office will be home to some of the company’s growth marketing executives and their team. This office will focus primarily on building out a  best-in-class growth marketing organization, expanding the DraftKings digital brand and driving customer acquisition.

Last week, DraftKings announced the addition of Chief Marketing Officer Tom Goedde and Chief Product Officer Andy Yang, both to be based in Boston. With its Massachusetts-based workforce expected to grow by 75% over the next year, DraftKings is also in the process of creating a new state-of-the-art headquarters in Boston slated to open in early 2019. The 105,000 square foot space, which was the largest single-floor space available in Boston, is more than double the size of DraftKings’ current office and will be custom designed to accommodate the company’s burgeoning gaming and media divisions.

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About DraftKings

DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 11 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K and Australia. Now a licensed operator in New Jersey, DraftKings Sportsbook allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports.

Media Contacts:

media@draftkings.com

DraftKings Eyes English Premier League Season After Epic World Cup

Fans Across the Globe Submitted Nearly 11 Million Entries During Quadrennial Tournament

BOSTON, MA (August 10, 2018) – DraftKings Inc. welcomes the English Premier League (EPL) back to its platform after an epic World Cup performance that saw international customers account for nearly a quarter of the company’s entries during the tournament.

“The World Cup gave us the opportunity to reach soccer fans, globally, in a new and exciting way,” said Jeffrey Haas, DraftKings’ Chief International Officer. “As we now turn our attention to the start of the EPL season, we plan to carry over this momentum and broaden our international audience engagement even further.”

In the span of the World Cup, DraftKings received nearly 11 million entries from hundreds of thousands of customers globally, who collectively accounted for nearly $10 million in winnings. Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany represented the top countries outside the United States for total entry submissions, with the UK earning the highest value of payouts internationally at over $2 million.

Soccer’s grandest global spectacle shone a light on DraftKings’ offerings surrounding the sport, which continues to be a key business driver abroad. This year’s World Cup also featured more EPL players (106) than any other domestic league in the world1, so fans who watched the games and played DraftKings contests were provided a preview of Premier League players who could be daily fantasy stars when the season begins today.

In addition to the Classic mode salary cap format, which consists of building eight-player lineups from at least three different teams and representing a minimum of two separate matches, this season’s EPL contests on DraftKings will also feature Showdown for single-game matchups. Showdown, DraftKings’ newest fantasy game, works by having fans construct lineups of six flex players, and must feature at least one player from both teams, regardless of position. For soccer fans who want to organize their own private EPL contests of Classic or Showdown, DraftKings Leagues is also available throughout the entire season.

To learn more about EPL contests on DraftKings, visit www.draftkings.com

To enter DraftKings’ EPL $50K Season Kickoff contest, visit: https://bit.ly/2OjcnEM

For more details on DraftKings Classic Soccer, visit https://bit.ly/2M8MSth

For more details on DraftKings Soccer Showdown, visit https://bit.ly/2Mfqyxm

To create custom DraftKings Leagues, visit https://bit.ly/2M5YLQM

About DraftKings
DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 11 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K and Australia. Now a licensed operator in New Jersey, DraftKings Sportsbook allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports.

1 The Guardian, “World Cup: which domestic league is best represented?,” https://bit.ly/2O4FpsP (July, 2018)

DraftKings Begins New Era With Official Launch of Sportsbook In New Jersey

First to Market in Mobile and Online Sports Betting  

BOSTON (August 6, 2018) – DraftKings Inc. announced today the launch of DraftKings Sportsbook, becoming the first company to offer legal online and mobile sports betting in New Jersey. As the world’s largest daily fantasy sports platform, DraftKings leveraged its best-in-class technology, advantageous positioning and extensive knowledge across sports to bring their Sportsbook product to market just a couple months after officially filing for a sports betting license with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

“I am excited to begin this new chapter in our story by officially launching what I believe to be the most innovative, mobile sports betting product in the U.S.,” said Jason Robins, CEO and co-founder of DraftKings. “We have put immense thought and significant resources behind the development of DraftKings Sportsbook and I’m confident that sports fans in New Jersey will enjoy using it to make the experience of watching the games even more interesting and thrilling.”

The launch of DraftKings Sportsbook is the culmination of almost a year of intense preparation, with countless engineering, design, research and development resources all geared towards creating the best and most enjoyable mobile sports betting product for U.S. consumers. Through its unrivaled insight into the habits and preferences of American sports fans, DraftKings has tailored its Sportsbook app and online platform to offer sports fans in New Jersey the ability to place multiple types of bets, including live in-game bets, on major and niche U.S. and international sports. Moreover, DraftKings Sportsbook app and website allows consumers to seamlessly toggle between DraftKings’ Fantasy Sports and Sportsbook platforms, allowing consumers to place their bet and then draft their lineup with one click. Through its partnership with Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., announced earlier this year, DraftKings can now offer sports fans in the Garden State the opportunity to place bets.

DraftKings’ introduction of legal online and mobile sports betting begins in New Jersey, but the company is prepared to act in response to future legislative decisions in other states across the country. Earlier this year, DraftKings announced it entered into an agreement to provide a physical sportsbook at the del Lago Resort & Casino located in Waterloo, N.Y which enables both partners to create a mobile and online sports wagering option in the Empire State should legislation authorize online sports wagering.

Sports fans in New Jersey can now place their bets on the DraftKings Sportsbook app via iOS and Android or online at: sportsbook.draftkings.com

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About DraftKings
DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 11 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K and Australia. Now a licensed operator in New Jersey, DraftKings Sportsbook allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports.