First up, we bring you news of an exciting new partnership deal signed between Edinburgh-headquartered fantasy sports giant FanDuel and Opta, the sports stats provider.
FanDuel will take the live performance data from Opta to use as part of its new fantasy game launching for the new English Premier League football season next month.
It is the first time FanDuel has used its technology in the UK after taking the US market by storm with its fantasy game for American football, which now has 6m registered users.
Karol Corcoran, Director of International Marketing at FanDuel, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Opta – they’re a world-leader in their field.”
Embedded with Techstars
Glasgow company MindMate – a technology platform designed to help people with dementia – is one a privileged few to be working in New York with the globally-renowned Techstars business accelerator programme.
The firm’s founders, who got together to design the app as a sideline at university (which soon became the main project of their focus), are just one of 15 firms selected from 1,500 who are embarking on an intensive mentoring programme over the summer; the programme is designed to take ‘big ideas’ rapidly to market with the help of top entrepreneurs and investors.
“If you know anything about the startup world, being accepted into Techstars is a giant step forward for a company,” says Gabriela Matic, Co-Founder of MindMate, Head of Marketing and User Acquisition. Gabriela will be keeping us up-to-date of the firm’s progress from her New York base.
Amazon delivers…in one hour
Amazon is launching its Prime Now delivery service in Scotland. It means consumers will now get their orders within 60 minutes if they live in Glasgow, and within two hours for people in Motherwell, Kilmarnock and Cumbernauld, according to Digital Spy. The service applies to around 15,000 popular products, though users will need the Prime Now app and an active Amazon Prime subscription. For the £6.99 fee, you can choose delivery within one hour of ordering, or a choice of two-hour, same-day delivery slots between 10am and 10pm.
Jason Weston, Amazon Prime Now UK Director, said: “Prime Now is our fastest delivery option ever and we are delighted to bring it to Scotland. Whether it’s essentials like fresh milk, nappies or even a last minute gift, customer love the convenience of delivery straight to their door in less than 60 minutes.”
Gaming festival comes to Glasgow
As many as 10,000 people are expected to converge on Glasgow’s SECC this weekend for the first-ever eSports and gaming festival, Resonate.
The event is open to all ages, reports the National, with zones for kids featuring a Splatoon-inspired firing range and Lego-building area, as well as more mature gamers who enjoy shoot-em-ups like Counter-Strike.
Fantasy and strategy games like Scotland’s own Minecraft will also feature, as will Scottish YouTube stars discussing their digital lives.
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