Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, today unveiled chat and friends systems cross-platform and cross-app as part of the Skillz Tournament Management System. The new social technology, available immediately, is the first integrated chat experience to connect millions of gamers across thousands of games on both iOS and Android.
While chat programs have been a staple of the console gaming experience on platforms such as Sony’s Playstation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live, the functionality for mobile gamers has been much more limited until now. Mobile gamers previously had to choose between non-integrated chat experiences such as those offered by companies like Discord and game-specific chat programs such as those found in games including Mobile Strike by Machine Zone. In contrast, the Skillz chat functionality is the first cross-studio, cross-platform, integrated chat experience on mobile.
The new social functionality is now available in several of the over 2,500 Skillz-integrated games and includes friends, direct messaging, group chat, and cross-studio, cross-platform public chat. In the games where Skillz chat has been integrated, developers have reported increased engagement, with players entering over 10% more competitions with 25% higher revenue per player.
“eSports competitions connect players and fans around the world in an intrinsically social experience,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO and founder of Skillz. “By adding in a sophisticated chat system, Skillz has become the multiplayer social fabric to connect the world’s 2.6 billion mobile gamers.”
The release of new Skillz social functionality comes two months after the company unveiled the world’s first eSports ticker technology, a product that delivers automated play-by-play commentary for broadcast eSports competitions. For more information on Skillz-enabled games and implementing mobile eSports competitions, visit www.skillz.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skillz, the leading mobile eSports platform, connects the world’s 2.6 billion mobile gamers through competition. In 2017, Skillz was named the #1 fastest-growing private company in America by Inc. Magazine, the first eSports company on CNBC’s Disruptor 50, and the only eSports company on the San Francisco Business Times Fast 100. Over 15 million gamers use Skillz to compete in mobile games across 8,000+ game studios. Founded in 2012, Skillz is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by leading venture capitalists as well as the owners of the New England Patriots, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Mets and Sacramento Kings. To learn more, visit www.skillz.com.