Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, today announced that it has awarded more than $50 million in eSports prizes since it was founded in 2012. Skillz is bringing eSports to the mass market by expanding the industry’s player base and enabling eSports for mobile games. Skillz has accounted for over 30 percent of all eSports prizes in 2016, compared to 21 percent in 2015 and just 8.4 percent in 2014.
The company’s success is fueled by the growing number of players competing in Skillz tournaments – currently more than 10 million – and the millions more watching its eSports broadcasts on platforms like Twitch. In 2016, Skillz is projected to host more than 70 million tournaments, three times the number hosted last year, and will broadcast more than 40 million minutes of competitive mobile gameplay, up from 8.5 million minutes in 2015.
“More than 2.1 billion people play mobile games daily, making mobile the most popular gaming platform in history,” said Andrew Paradise, founder and CEO of Skillz. “Despite such a large market opportunity, it wasn’t possible for game developers to easily implement fun, interactive and rewarding competition before Skillz. We’re dedicated to building the multiplayer social fabric that enables mobile eSports for everyone.”
From 2012 to 2015, Skillz awarded $20 million in prizes. So far in 2016, the company has awarded over $30 million. By comparison, League of Legends tournaments have generated roughly $30.9 million in prizes to date. As an industry, eSports are projected to exceed $4 billion in annual revenue by 2018, surpassing the National Hockey League (NHL), which generates $3.7 billion in annual revenue.
Society has a celebrated history of competition, sports and play. eSports are the next frontier for anyone who wants to enjoy the thrill of competition, and Skillz is at the forefront of this evolution.
For more information on Skillz-enabled games and implementing mobile eSports competition, visit www.skillz.com.
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.