Off-work hobbies like fantasy football used to be relegated to the basements of your neighbor’s house, Nowadays playing fantasy sports online for money is one of the fastest growing industries on the web.
But not everyone is so keen to allow DraftKings users to draft their favorite quarterbacks or track the stats of games in realtime. Some countries – and even individual US states – have banned access to deposits on DraftKings, and in these regions playing on the site is still considered an illegal act. So what can you do if you live in an area where the site is legal to use, but are traveling to a part of the world that doesn’t allow access to the site?
Read on in our guide to how to unblock DraftKings fantasy sports with a VPN to find out!
Anyone looking to access DraftKings with a VPN should ensure they only do so if they are a resident of a country or state where accessing DraftKings is legal. Using a VPN to access DraftKings’ services should not be considered a workaround for the purposes illegal online fantasy sports.
How does DraftKings Fantasy Sports get blocked in the first place?
To understand how to get around blocked DraftKings access, first you have to read up a bit more on why the service is even being blocked in the first place.
It all comes down to gambling laws. Although technically fantasy sports leagues aren’t gambling, every state in the US has different legislation regarding how games like this are controlled, taxed, and regulated. Currently, DraftKings is outright banned in 10 of the fifty states in America (Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, and Washington). Of the remaining 40, four of them only grant access depending on the ISP you use to connect to the web.
For now, the only players who are cleared to play on DraftKings abroad are those who live in either Canada or the UK. If you live somewhere else, you may get the dreaded “Location Not Found” message (seen above) the next time you try to make a deposit.
Whether DraftKings FantasySports is or isn’t technically classified as gambling is an issue that the courts still haven’t completely decided on, but for now the only way to get online to check your roster or taunt a friend in your league is through the use of a VPN.
How to use a VPN to unblock DraftKings Fantasy Sports
So enough with all the legal talk; how can you get online with DraftKings using a VPN? The approach is just as simple as it is elegant.
With a VPN subscription from a reputable provider like VyprVPN, you only need to download and install a single piece of software in order to get right back in the thick of trading players, talking stats, and adding more points to your pool.
To start, head on over to the VyprVPN website to get started, there is a 30 day money-back guarantee here so you can try it risk-free and get a full refund if you are not happy. To get your account setup, begin by clicking this link, and then choosing the “Get Started” button highlighted below:
Once your account has been successfully created and confirmed, download and install VyprVPN and log in to your account from the window seen below:
After the account login goes through, click the button on the main window that looks like a location pin, seen here:
Choose the option to Show all server locations from the drop-down menu:
This will open up the main server menu. Unlike some VPNs which may only allow you to connect to their servers by country alone, in the United States VyprVPN has eight different cities to choose from, including: Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington.
(Note: You may also choose from the UK or Canada servers if you think they’ll be a faster option for where you’re connecting from)
Double-click any of these servers except Seattle, Austin, or Washington (whichever is geographically closest to your home location is recommended):
Once the server is successfully connected, you’ll be ready to get your draft on!
Comparitech does not condone the illegal use of a VPN to login to gambling websites in countries or US states where the act is not permitted.