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Controversial DraftKings fantasy sports site launches in UK

If you’re a fantasy football player fed up with under-performing signings ruining your season, you probably wish you could pick a new squad and start from scratch every week.

Well long-suffering Brits can now do just that with the UK launch of the one-day US fantasy sports site DraftKings.

The paid-for game gives you a salary cap rather than a transfer fee budget, so you pick players based on their perceived value in wages.

Players who accrue the most points from any one game weekend have a chance of winning cash prizes.

The game offers the chance to compete in the Premier League and the Champions League, as well as in US sports like NBA, NFL, NHL, UFC and even eSports.

See also: Football Manager 2016 review

The launch comes with both DraftKings as well as its rival platform FanDuel are facing a fight for legality in the United States.

With strict gambling laws still in place in the country, the firm is attempting to argue its players are indulging in games of skill like online poker, which is legal in 45 of the 50 states.

Opposition in States like New York believes it should be classed in the same category as betting on sporting events like horse racing.

With sports betting perfectly legal in the United Kingdom, the site is likely to face far less opposition.

If this takes your fancy, you can start playing this weekend on mobile and web.

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