Barstool Sports

Penn Interactive wanted an immediate boost of development and QA expertise to get the Barstool Sportsbook app to market quickly.

Online sports betting is a deeply competitive environment, and the race to get mobile wagering to consumers is measured in days, not months.

Small Planet works as an all-around partner to Penn, accelerating development and QA, creating marketing and corporate materials, and designing easy-to-use internal tools for the CMS.

  • Mobile Development
  • Project Management
  • QA
  • Kotlin
  • Swift
  • Kotlin Multiplatform
  • Vue

New products in over a dozen markets

The Barstool Sportsbook is a web and mobile tool (native iOS, Android, and Vue) used by sports bettors to see odds, access video and editorial content, and place bets. 

States have safeguards intended to protect consumers, so mobile apps must be tailored to comply with different regulations. That means flexible tech teams working on multiple products, rolling out at different times in new markets.

Through Velocity, Small Planet’s flexible resourcing service, we gave Penn on-demand access to our senior talent and expertise. Our developers, designers, and QA engineers joined Barstool’s existing team within days.

No HR burden

The Velocity model provides our partners with complete flexibility, as Penn maintains the right to scale and realign staff at any time.

There’s no HR burden, no lengthy vetting process. All Penn has to do is turn the dial up or down depending on the help they require at any given time.

We were able to respond to their resourcing needs dynamically throughout the first year of the engagement. Our project lead worked closely with Penn to manage resourcing priorities, and regularly presented qualified candidates within 2 weeks of the request.

Leading Kotlin + Swift implementation

We’ve been trusted to provide strong, senior, reliable resources to Barstool, and our senior team members are responsible for major phases of product development and QA. Many of our Android developers were deployed specifically to Barstool’s emerging Kotlin Multiplatform team.

Designing behind the scenes

So much good design thinking goes into what happens behind the scenes, and we built clean, beautiful web experiences strictly for the use of Penn’s product and marketing teams. We designed new features for the app’s content management system, making it much less clunky and much more efficient.

We completely redesigned the backend’s tables, search, sort and filter, pagination, form fields, error states … things a customer never sees, but a stakeholder works with every day. Also, it’s now much easier to upload content, images, and icons into the CMS.

Our design work also extended beyond the Barstool app. We helped redesign Penn’s external-facing site from the ground up, working with their copywriters and creative team to redefine how visitors (and job-seekers) think about the brand and the quality of work that Penn does internally. 

Our designers worked with a UX copywriter to generate all-new content, then created wireframes after an audit that included brainstorming, stakeholder interviews, workshops, and initial buy-in with the stakeholder team.

Beam me up, Scotty.