FanDuel CEO Is Moving Into Esports Realm

Posted By Dustin Gouker on November 20, 2017 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[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:

FanDuel’s history with esports

FanDuel, which was one the largest DFS companies in the nascent industry, had purchased the fantasy esports site called AlphaDraft in 2015.

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.

Skrilla, for instance, is one of several companies involved in the esports ICO craze. Rising esport Overwatch also has designs on the fantasy market.

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Dustin Gouker has been a sports journalist for more than 15 years, working as a reporter, editor and designer -- including stops at The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner. You can also find his work at Legal Sports Report.

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