Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, today announced the launch of the first ever cross-platform multiplayer system for mobile games. The latest release from Skillz allows Android and iOS gamers to compete directly against each other in the company’s 150,000 daily eSports competitions.
eSports have grown rapidly over the past year. The most popular eSports competition in 2015 drew over 36 million spectators, more than twice as many as the final game of the 2015 MLB World Series. With over 7 million registered players and over 1,100 developer partners, Skillz has established mobile gaming as a major driver for the industry’s growth. In 2015, Skillz paid out over 20% of the $80,000,000 awarded across all eSports, according to data from eSportsEarnings.com.
While mobile has rapidly become the most popular platform in gaming history, the lack of crossplatform competition has fragmented the mobile player base. By unifying the competitive audience across mobile platforms and ensuring fair and fun competition, Skillz is empowering developers to create the next generation of electronic sports.
“As eSports achieve mainstream adoption, multiplayer competitions should be accessible to all 2.1 billion mobile gamers worldwide,” said Andrew Paradise, founder and CEO of Skillz. “Just like the AFL – NFL merger in 1966, or the ABA - NBA merger in 1976, we are unifying the competitive ecosystems of the two most popular mobile eSports platforms. This is a seminal moment in the future of sports.”
eSports have recently attracted significant investments from MLB, NBA and NFL team owners. In June, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban invested in daily fantasy sports site Unikrn, and in September, Skillz announced $15,000,000 in new funding, including investments from the owners of the New England Patriots, Milwaukee Bucks and New York Mets.
Players interested in competing can visit www.skillz.com on their mobile device.
Developers interested in implementing the Skillz Tournament Management System can visit: www.skillz.com/developers.
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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 18 million gamers use Skillz to compete in mobile games across 13,000+ 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.