[toc]The CEO of the company that helped create the daily fantasy sports industry is moving on to pursue opportunities in esports.
Eccles out at FanDuel
FanDuel announced that its CEO Nigel Eccles was leaving the company on Monday. Esports Betting Report has learned that Eccles next endeavor is in esports. That venture’s focus in the esports space was not immediately known.
Eccles confirmed it via Twitter:
Excited but a little bit sad to be leaving @fanduel today. It has been an amazing 8 years. Really excited to see how Matt King and the team drive the company in 2018 and beyond. For me I'm building something awesome in eSports. Watch this space.
— Nigel Eccles (@nigeleccles) November 20, 2017
FanDuel’s history with esports
FanDuel eventually closed the site a year later.
That obviously means that Eccles has experience with the fantasy/gambling side of esports. But it’s not a certainty that’s what his new endeavor will involve. The esports industry still has plenty of verticals to exploit, and Eccles experience in building FanDuel goes beyond just “fantasy.”
Fantasy esports reemergent?
Even if this isn’t Eccles’ planned entry point, fantasy esports seems to be making a resurgence, with numerous companies eyeing the wide-open space.