Daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel has moved to enhance its mobile capabilities with the acquisition of Kotikan, a Scottish app development studio.
Kotikan has worked on the development of FanDuel’s mobile products since 2013, with the product topping the App Store charts and winning two Webby Awards, an award for excellence on the internet presented annually by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
The studio’s founder Gav Dutch said the companies were closely linked, with FanDuel co-founder and chief product officer Tom Griffiths even mentoring him earlier in his career.
“Eventually we realised the best way to do this was to devote the entire Kotikan team to crafting FanDuel products,” he explained in a blog post.
While the decision was not made lightly, he said, the energy, values and culture shared by each company were so well aligned that the move felt natural.
“We all care about the same things and are excited to make products that are loved by millions,” he said.
“Having been a major part of my life for the past 8 years, Kotikan is very important to me and I’m incredibly proud of the team, expertise and culture we’ve grown,” Dutch said in a blog post. “I have to pinch myself when I and a turnover of £2.4 million in 2015.”
“We have been fortunate enough to work alongside some of the UK’s most exciting companies and I’ve relished the opportunity for Kotikan to make its mark on the burgeoning Scottish start-up community.”
As well as developing products for FanDuel, Kotikan has also developed apps for National Museums Scotland; educational body the Scottish Qualifications Authority; the BFI London Film Festival and fight search website Skyscanner.