Sports betting and iGaming giant Flutter Entertainment announced Tuesday that its US business FanDuel is entering the group's UK Collaboration Hub in Edinburgh. Located in Scotland’s tech capital, the hub is set to foster cross-discipline working and drive project innovation, while bringing FanDuel colleagues closer to those working for Flutter in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as International divisions.
The launch of this Collaboration Hub will see the creation of 250 new engineering jobs to support the development of FanDuel’s mobile sportsbook, casino and racing platforms. Colleagues will also work on specialist projects relating to tech, product and UX, a press release explains.
The Hub is based on Freer Street, within the regenerated Fountainbridge area of Edinburgh, and offers “a bright and refreshing space designed to boost creativity and engagement from state-of-the-art equipment,” the company described.
Taking up three floors, the bespoke fitout is designed “with ease and flexibility in mind to welcome its growing staff base and foster easy and inclusive working.” Additionally, a gaming area, pool table, consoles, rooftop garden, acoustic and wellbeing pods offer multiple breakout areas and the opportunity for staff to recharge.
The launch of a UK Collaboration Hub is a new era for @FanDuel. It will bring colleagues together from across the world to drive product innovation and technology projects. For the local community, it will bring jobs and investment. More here: https://t.co/xVGGxN0j7i #WorkBetter pic.twitter.com/4yXfEUvtD5— Flutter plc (@FlutterPLC) September 27, 2022
Matthew Taylor, FanDuel Vice President of Software Engineering, said: “We believe a collaborative approach is the best way to drive results and truly innovate when it comes to product delivery. The official launch of our new UK Collaboration Hub today signals an exciting new chapter in the FanDuel story that will proactively bring together the best talent from across the country to innovate and excel in this dedicated creative space.”
Having been originally founded in Scotland in 2009, the opening of the UK Collaboration Hub is the latest investment the company has made in the country. It will accommodate up to 550 people and will be open to staff across the UK and those visiting from the US.
Taylor added: “The continued boom of the UK and Scottish tech sector is undisputed, and we wanted to create a new world-class environment to match our world-class engineering teams. Investing in our people is key and the Collaboration Hub helps us continue to recruit, develop and support our colleagues as we further grow our UK employee base.”
FanDuel continues to grow in the US, having generated $750 million in revenue during Q2, 2022, thus helping the brand to generate a profit. The company now enjoys a 51% market share in online sportsbook, with the UK Collaboration Hub "set to support its ongoing growth with a sizeable investment in local talent."
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