BOSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Fantasy sports site DraftKings launched in the United Kingdom Friday, while its legality is still being challenged in the United States.READ MORE: Drug Dog Sniffs Out Illegal Narcotics, Unloaded Handgun In Jacksboro High School Student's Car
The site hosts games in which players pay to compete against each other for cash prizes by assembling teams of real life athletes and scoring “fantasy” points based on how they do in real games.
Jeff Haas, the company’s London-based chief international officer, said DraftKings is focused on showing U.K. customers how different daily fantasy sports is from traditional sports betting. He hopes the company can draw up to 100,000 players in the first year.
In the U.S. however, several states, including Texas, have criticized the site saying that since the site is gambling it needs to be licensed. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton explained that a Texas court would likely find these daily fantasy sports illegal. However last year DraftKings partnered with the Dallas Cowboys in an agreement that will feature a DraftKings-branded fantasy sports lounge, located at the field-level in AT&T Stadium as the gateway to the field for opposing teams’ players as they leave the locker room.READ MORE: Police: Weekend Shootings In Dallas' Deep Ellum Left 2 Dead, Teenaged Suspect In Custody
DraftKings meanwhile has argued that their games are based on skill, not chance, and insisted that their operations are not illegal because they do not accept wagers, and because their success does not rely on any particular result.
Similar fantasy sport site FanDuel, which is also under legal scrutiny in the U.S., applied for a U.K. permit in November that is still pending.
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