2015 For Daily Fantasy Sports Industry: A Year No One Saw Coming

Posted on December 30, 2015 - Last Updated on December 29, 2015

[toc]The year in the industry of daily fantasy sports started out full of hope, and with plans for big things to come, for DraftKings, FanDuel, and others. The year ends with uncertainty lurking at every corner.

Here’s a quick look back at some key events from every month:

January

The good

The bad

  • The Fantasy Sports Trade Association held its winter conference, with Eilers Research’s Adam Krejcik making a series of predictions about the industry. Some of them came true, including one everyone wished didn’t: a scandal would rock the industry.
  • Former NBA commish David Stern calls DFS gambling (he would later backtrack on this), a refrain that would become a major sticking point throughout the year.

February

The good

  • The UFC inked a deal with DraftKings.
  • DraftKings and the World Series of Poker got chummier, a relationship that broke up later in the year when Nevada said DFS sites required a gaming license to operate.
  • The world of daily fantasy eSports started taking off quickly, as Vulcun guaranteed $1 million in prizes in 2015, a figure it would later make even larger.

The bad

March

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April

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May

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June

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July

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August

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September

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October

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November

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December

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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.

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