DraftKings’ long-awaited launch in the United Kingdom has finally become a reality, albeit in a partial form.
Originally slated for an October launch, the leading daily fantasy site went live Friday, but is only fully reachable via mobile app. The desktop version is apparently still in the works, and currently, the UK site only allows players to register for the site.
Having just registered from the UK, this is the page you view once registered. Doesn’t look live to me. pic.twitter.com/m8MxzOye21
— SuperLobby (@superlobby) February 5, 2016
@Glds21 very soon Stephen!
— DraftKings UK (@dkuk) February 5, 2016
Players in the UK have also reported that they are unable to fund accounts using credit or debit cards. The DFS play itself is not expected to differ significantly from the version that’s available to players in North America. The company has indicated previously that liquidity will be pooled between its user bases, allowing all customers to compete against each other in common contests.
Reports that DraftKings had applied for the necessary gaming license in the UK originally surfaced in June, and the initial plan included an October launch date. It’s been pushed back several times since then, as recently as early this week, according to a report from CNBC.
Stateside, DraftKings and industry co-leader FanDuel are at the forefront of the daily fantasy industry’s ongoing legal battles. Numerous state attorneys general have ruled DFS to be illegal gambling, prompting the companies to stop accepting players in some states, most recently Hawaii.
Pivotal trials are expected to take place later in 2016 in New York and Illinois, and numerous states are considering legislation that would make DFS legal and introduce various levels of regulation.