FanDuel and xDesign team up to boost tech jobs

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Scottish digital development company xDesign has signed a multi-year partnership with former Scottish sports games platform FanDuel to support new entrants into the tech industry.

The deal will see the two companies invest £250,000 a year to set up programs encouraging people to enter the market, as well as creating a total of 400 new jobs by the end of 2022.

This will include increasing FanDuel’s engineering staff by 250 people with the ability to work from its offices in Scotland and the United States – located in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Atlanta.

XDesign will increase the team working on the FanDuel account by an additional 40 people, bringing corporate support to 120 people based in Leeds and Edinburgh. The company also works with clients such as Heineken, NHS 24 and MoneySuperMarket.

Following this agreement, xDesign will accelerate its growth plans and increase its workforce by an additional 150 people to over 350 by the end of 2022, with expectations that this will increase to over 500 people in 2024.

The move follows an 18-month business relationship between the two companies, where xDesign provides product and technical support to FanDuel, part of Flutter Entertainment Group, which operates brands such as Paddy Power and BetFair.

Euan Andrews, Managing Director of xDesign, said, “Investing in people and creating a platform for future tech talent is essential to closing the ever-growing tech skills gap.

“Expanding our relationship with such a successful organization as FanDuel will go a long way in identifying and cultivating the next generation of talent in the UK that both companies are big on.”

Andy Giancamilli, Chief Operating Officer at FanDuel, said: “The boom in the UK and Scottish tech sector is undeniable, and we believe this partnership with xDesign provides fantastic support and complements the work of our class-leading engineering teams. World FanDuel.”

FanDuel Group is headquartered in New York, but was founded in Edinburgh. It has become one of the fastest growing sports and technology entertainment companies in the world.

In 2020, Flutter Entertainment Group took a majority stake in the company for $4.2 billion.

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