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DraftKings Brings Daily Fantasy Sports To Germany

Gives German Sports Fans New Ways to Engage with Top Sports and Athletes

Boston, Massachusetts (March 23, 2017) – DraftKings, the world’s largest daily fantasy sports company, today announced that the beta version of their platform in Germany is being opened up to all German consumers. DraftKings will deliver all 10 of the sports currently available through their U.S. product, including seven leagues of soccer, NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, golf, NASCAR, eSports and MMA.

“Germany is known for its passionate sports fans and we are pleased to welcome them to daily fantasy sports,” said DraftKings Chief International Officer Jeffrey Haas. “DraftKings gives everyone the chance to prove they are the best team manager in the world, when they are at the beer garden or on their couch at home. It’s the same fun fantasy sports experience players know and love, but without the season-long commitment.”

Germany is home to millions of season-long fantasy sports game players who play on popular platforms such as Comunio, Kicker.de and the Bundesliga Fantasy Manager. Germans’ strong sports culture and passion, especially when it comes to soccer, is a key reason why DraftKings decided to bring its games to Germany.

“Germans show a proclivity for American sports, particularly the NFL and NBA,” said Haas “Initial testing in Germany shows that our most popular sport has been the NBA, which is why we are opening our beta test to all German sports fans.”

About DraftKings

DraftKings is an innovative sports-tech entertainment company forever changing the way consumers engage with their favorite sports, teams, leagues and athletes worldwide. DraftKings, headquartered in Boston, MA, offers daily and weekly fantasy sports contests across ten professional sports in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Malta. Founded in 2012 by Jason Robins, Matt Kalish and Paul Liberman, DraftKings is the daily fantasy sports partner of Major League Baseball, The National Hockey League, NASCAR, the Canadian Football League and the NFL International Series.

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Fairness, Transparency And Integrity In Daily Fantasy Sports

In 1980, a group of friends, all diehard baseball fans, gathered at a New York City restaurant and forever disrupted how fans experience the sports they love. Their Rotisserie League, named for the restaurant they met at, soon spawned a national phenomenon. Today, 57 million Americans, including more than 1 million in Massachusetts, play fantasy sports. All forms of news, entertainment and games have radically transformed in recent years, so it’s no surprise that technology has changed the way people play fantasy sports.

We are the company at the very forefront of the technological innovations in fantasy sports. DraftKings, launched in 2012 in a spare bedroom in a Watertown apartment, is changing the way fans engage with their favorite sports, teams and athletes. Headquartered in Boston, DraftKings employs more than 300 Massachusetts residents from 79 different cities and towns. At the core of our business is the integrity and fairness of our games, which is backed up by an unyielding commitment to data security and fraud protection.

A recent Worcester Telegram & Gazette editorial that called into question the integrity of our games was misleading, and untethered from the basic facts of fantasy sports. The editorial fails to acknowledge a fundamental issue – Massachusetts already has the strongest measures in the country to protect customer data and the integrity of our games.

Authored by Attorney General Maura Healey, the Massachusetts daily fantasy sports regulations require daily fantasy sports companies, like DraftKings, to have thorough data security measures. Additionally, Massachusetts already has the nation’s most stringent data breach laws that all companies operating in the state must follow, including the requirement that companies must immediately and publicly disclose if information has been compromised.

DraftKings complies fully with Massachusetts’ high standards for protecting personal information. We maintain a comprehensive information security program; encrypt all personal customer data and information; regularly test firewall protections; and provide ongoing employee training and procedures for monitoring employee compliance.

DraftKings also engages two independent, third party security audits per year, as well as 3rd party penetration and vulnerability testing against our hardware and software quarterly. These independent auditors have determined DraftKings is compliant for information security management, and for digital cardholder data, which is enforced by most major credit card issuers.

DraftKings’ commitment to ensuring a fair playing field for all of our customers goes far beyond regulations. It’s in our DNA. We have a driving imperative to ensure the highest level of integrity for our contests and that is evident in everything we do. From our world-class security technology, to our internal Game Integrity & Ethics Team, to our best-in-industry contest transparency, DraftKings embodies the spirit of fair play.
There is no “rolled dice” in fantasy sports. The Massachusetts Legislature passed a law that clearly concludes that fantasy sports are not gambling, that the winners of fantasy sports contests are not determined by chance, not determined by factors outside of the control of the contestant, but rather by the exercise of skill by the contestant.

The statistics used in the scoring of DraftKings contests are publicly available and easily verifiable. DraftKings public lineups are available to all users and we also allow users to download a spreadsheet of every single entry from any public contest – a standard of transparency which separates our company from all other major DFS operators. And from a financial perspective, we have absolutely no incentive with how any DraftKings user performs.

With this powerful combination of state regulations and our own fervor for fairness, fantasy sports users in Massachusetts and nationwide should have the utmost confidence in the impartiality and integrity of our games.

FORTUNE: DRAFTKINGS RAISES GIANT NEW FUNDING ROUND – 9/1/2016

By Dan Primack

Fantasy sports site gets capital boost, just before the new NFL season kicks off.

DraftKings, the controversial daily fantasy sports site, has raised $153 million in new venture capital funding, Fortunehas learned.

New investors include Revolution Growth, an investment firm co-founded by Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis. DraftKings previously had raised money from investment firms associated with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, while Major League Baseball also holds a small equity stake.”

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BOSTON GLOBE: DRAFTKINGS FINDS FOOTING IN HEAVILY REGULATED FANTASY SPORTS MARKET – 8/17/16

By Curt Woodward, Globe Staff

“Last fall, flush with $500 million in venture capital, DraftKings Inc. burst onto the national scene with an inescapable ad campaign tied to the National Football League’s kickoff.

What a difference a year makes. Chastened by battles with officials in multiple states that threatened to tank the daily fantasy sports industry, DraftKings has spent months developing new procedures and controls that will help the company comply with a long list of new government regulations.”

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