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How to Get Into Esports

By Hannah Press on February 25, 2020 in Articles

There’s no doubt that the esports landscape is vast and still growing. There are tens of thousands of game developers, various streaming services and platforms, brands and sponsors, and a wide demographic of players and viewers becoming increasingly involved. Thus, competitive gaming is making its way into mainstream entertainment. On top of that, the global esports economy has topped $1 billion in revenue. 

In such a lucrative industry that captures the attention of millions of people and that is almost universally accessible, you might imagine that there are tons of esports career opportunities. And if you’re interested or invested in the industry in any way, you’re probably asking yourself “how do I get into esports?” We’ll lay out some of the biggest sectors in the esports space and offer advice on how to get involved.

How to Become a Professional Player 

Becoming a professional at anything takes consistent hard work and dedication. If you are passionate about gaming and looking to become a top esports player, these strategies will help get you started:

  1. Pick a genre: Discover which type of games you enjoy most and choose a genre that best highlights your skills as a player. Some popular game types are real time strategies (RTS), multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBA), first-person shooters (FPS), card games, and fighting games. 
  2. Pick a platform: Find the most suitable gaming platform for your chosen game. Consider your skillset, as well as your budget. Many games can be played cross-platform. The main platforms are PC, console, and mobile. 
  3. Conscious practice: Similar to traditional sports athletes, becoming a professional gamer requires a lot of practice. Make sure to practice and study players of a higher skill-level, along with studying popular techniques  — this will develop your skills over time. 
  4. Find a team and take part in tournaments: For many popular esports, like League of Legends and Clash Royale, you need to find team members. Play regularly with a team, become accustomed to their play style, and establish rapport. Find gaming leagues/tournaments for your team to participate in. If you are a student at a school with an esports program, join the organization to kickstart your career and make lasting connections. 
  5. Increase your online presence: Build your online reputation via social media, YouTube videos, and blogs. Make sure to network with other players too! 

How to Get into Game Development

If you want to develop your own game and make it competitive, research the gaming industry, look at content produced by other game developers, and gather knowledge on the skills/capital required to create a game. Remember that esports include genres of all types across PC, console, and mobile. Identify your target audience and the platform that will work best for the game you want to develop. 

To be considered an esport, your game must be skill-based, as this provides players with the opportunity to improve over time and compete against other real competitors. Provide players the opportunity to compete against others of equal skill, give them the option to enter match types of their preference, and make games fair and free of cheating/fraud.

Ensure that your game is fun and engaging. Follow the top tips for successful game development, including game ideation, creation of concept, prototype building, coding, and alpha and beta testing. Finally, launch your game and have a method to attract players to your game. Monitor key performance metrics for ongoing success. Always work with passion and excitement to create the best content possible for the world’s 2.6 billion gamers.

How to Get into Esports as a Sponsor/Partner

With million-dollar prize pools, revenues nearing $1 billion, and an ever-growing fan base, the esports industry is grabbing the attention of global brands. Coca-Cola, Mercedes-Benz, ESPN, and many others have been seizing the opportunity esports provide. If you’re non-endemic brand is looking to enter the esports ecosystem, follow these tips:

  1. Know the industry: Research and learn the esports market as deeply as possible. Studying the overarching themes and nuances of the industry, will not only help you identify your own objectives, but also the audience, their habits, and their needs. Look at brands currently involved in the industry and study their strategies. 
  2. Determine your target market and set goals: Decide how you want to be involved and set clear goals. Do you want to sponsor a league, a player, or a specific game? Are you looking to gain greater product awareness or create a brand halo effect? Make sure you know the type of teams, viewers, and demographic you want to appeal to. Ads must be carefully targeted and engaging.
  3. Think about your impact: Integrate your brand in a way that enhances the gaming experience. Find the best ways to engage the esports community and recognize your opportunity to play an important role in the future of gaming. Remember that esports players, viewers, and other stakeholders are open and welcoming to sponsors, as long as the relationship is mutually beneficial and valuable.

In short, dedicate the time and effort into learning the esports industry, show your value to the community, and stay committed. If you approach sponsorships/partnerships with care and authenticity, you can enjoy the long-term benefits of positive brand equity.  

How to Get Hired by an Esports Publisher

If you’re interested in pursuing a professional career at an esports publishing company, treat it like any other job search/application process. Hone your skills in the areas that show your core strengths and speak to your past work experience. Keep your resume and LinkedIn profile updated, utilize your professional network for opportunities, and search sites like HitmarkerJobs.com for open positions.

Get involved in esports in your community. Attend local tournaments and events to show your interest in the industry and introduce yourself to key figures. Even if you have never worked for an esports company, your investment in learning about the marketplace will serve you well when it comes time to interview. 

During the interview process, express your excitement about esports and exemplify how you will provide value to the company. Make it clear that you have done your research on the employer and the larger gaming industry. Whether you’re looking for a marketing job, a technical career, a social media position, or something else, the esports space is teeming with opportunities. 

If you’d like to get into the exciting world of esports, Skillz is hiring across all departments. Check out our careers page and apply.

How to Create a Successful Bubble Shooter Game

By Hannah Press on February 21, 2020 in Articles, Game Developers

In the world of mobile gaming, Bubble Shooter is an incredibly popular genre. In a crowded, competitive mobile gaming market, what do you need to know about creating and launching a Bubble Shooter? We’ll discuss some of the most pertinent information on this highly-engaging sub-genre. 

Bubble Shooter History 

Before we get into the creation of a Bubble Shooter game, we’d like to share a brief history of the genre. Bubble Shooters are based on the “Puzzle Bobble” arcade game released by Taito in 1994. The first Bubble Shooter game, created in 2002, was ported to iOS in 2010 and Android in 2012. With the rise of the mobile phone and highly accessible casual gaming, Bubble Shooter games have grown in popularity and success. The object of the game is simple and engaging: clear the playing field by forming groups of three or more same-colored bubbles. 

Why is the Genre Successful?

Considering the history of Bubble Shooters, we can conclude that the genre has staying power. It was popular in 1994 as an arcade game, and it has only grown more successful since. Bubble Shooters are uncomplicated, yet exciting puzzle games. Players must strategize and think, but it is relatively easy to learn the game and improve technique. 

Another key reason that Bubble Shooter games are so popular is that the gameplay is very accessible to a large player audience. As casual games require minimum previous gaming experience and are relatively easy-to-learn, the number of players across a diverse player demographics are eager to discover this type of content. With Bubble-Shooter’s falling squarely in the casual genre, there is solid player demand for new and exciting content.

Creating a Bubble Shooter

There are tons of games in the Bubble Shooter sub-genre in the iOS App Store. In this crowded market, you’ll need to create a crisp-looking game to make it successful. First, ensure that your target audience is correct. While gaming has historically appealed to largely male and young generations, hyper-casual mobile games tend to attract middle-aged women. Confirm that creative and messaging are correct for your audience in order to have a solid Install to Deposit ratio. 

Remember that a great game is easy to learn, but difficult to master. Make the gameplay engaging and simple, yet challenging enough so that the player must learn and improve over time. In designing your Bubble Shooter game, ensure visual clarity for the player. Use high-contrast color combinations and consider giving each color of an item a distinct texture or shape. 

Spend time polishing the core game loop, using visuals and sound effects to celebrate winning moments. This will help maximize the likelihood of repeat play. Offer power-ups, increase the value of large matches, or give players a creative objective to create more game depth. 

All of these things considered, your Bubble Shooter game needs to be unique. Ask yourself: What will set my game apart in this content-flooded genre? What will motivate players to keep coming back?

Bubble Shooters on the Skillz Platform

One way to set your Bubble Shooter game apart from the rest is to make the game competitive. With the Skillz platform, you can position your game on a competitive tournament system where users play against others of equal skill. 

Bubble Shooters work well on the Skillz platform. If you’re interested in seeing how Skillz can help you launch and monetize your mobile game, then check out our Developer Console to download the newest SDK.

Join Skillz Charity Esports Tournaments to Support the American Cancer Society

By Hannah Press on February 14, 2020 in Articles, Gaming for Good, Players

We are committed to leveraging the power of the mobile gaming community to tackle persistent challenges and support important causes. With our platform for competitive mobile esports, Skillz has activated nearly thousands of new nonprofit donors in charity tournaments. 

In June 2019, we announced a year-long partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS), featuring esports tournaments to support the fight against cancer. So far, about 35,000 players have competed in 130,000 tournaments, resulting in $84,850 in donations

Players competing in these matches have the unique opportunity to participate in their favorite activity (gaming) while advancing an incredibly powerful cause. Help us break $100,000 in donations by participating in this weekend’s tournament from 10am PT on 2/15 to 10pm PT on 2/16! 

To enter the next charity esports tournament: 

  1. In select games, watch a short video to get your FREE ENTRY.*
  2. Enter the “ACS – Gaming for Good” event.
  3. You can enter in as many of the listed games as you wish.

“Partnering with Skillz is a new and exciting way for the American Cancer Society to engage a wider and younger mobile-first audience,” said Sharon Byers, Chief Development, Marketing and Communications Officer of the American Cancer Society. “When the mobile gaming community rallies together, it can be an incredible force for good, flexing the power of modern technology to tackle persistent health challenges like cancer. We’re eager to kick off this new cutting-edge fundraising partnership with Skillz.” 

Recognized as one of the 2019 CNBC Disruptor 50, we’re revolutionizing the way modern philanthropies engage with donors by making charity events available to anyone, anywhere with an iOS or Android device. 

“Competitive gaming is rapidly emerging as one of the most effective modern fundraising tools,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO and founder of Skillz. “Today’s charity eSports tournaments are equivalent to last decade’s charity marathons or golf tournaments. Through the power of democratized casual gaming, Skillz and the American Cancer Society are collaborating to further the important mission of eradicating cancer.”

Be a part of the cause for Gaming for Good – join the fight against cancer with Skillz and ACS! Stay up to date on future events by following our blog, checking our press releases, or texting ACS SKILLZ to 69922 to receive tournament alerts.

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*FREE ENTRY is available in select games only. FREE ENTRY unlock only works once per game, and paid entry is available thereafter

100% of the net proceeds of this event will be donated. Net proceeds are calculated as Initial Deposit and Entry Fees, less prizes and tournament administration fees. Prizes may vary in select games. Delivery of physical prizes will take up to 2 weeks if you live in the continental U.S. and up to 3 weeks if you live outside the continental U.S. Special-order logo items such as the participation prize or ACS-branded items may take up to 6-8 weeks to receive.

How to Create a Successful Puzzle Game

By Hannah Press on February 12, 2020 in Articles, Game Developers

Puzzle Genre History 

Puzzle games originated with offline brain teasers and puzzles throughout history. Games like “Blockbuster”, “Snark Hunt”, and “Door Door” incorporated puzzle elements as early as the 1980s. The first video game to use the word “puzzle” in its title was “Puzzle Panic” in 1984. But puzzle games were largely popularized and revolutionized by Alexey Pajitnov’s “Tetris,” which went on to sell 30 million copies on Nintendo’s Game Boy. 

In the 1990s, Mahjong games and “Minesweeper” thrived on the PC platform. And in 2001, PopCap Games released a match three game that was the foundation for popular mobile titles like “Candy Crush Saga” and “Puzzles and Dragons”. In 2014, puzzle games were the largest genre on the iOS App Store.  

Why is the Genre Successful?

With so many new genres and games coming to fruition, it may be surprising that puzzle video games have remained so successful over the years. One reason for this is that puzzle games appeal to a basic pleasure center that humans have. Puzzle solving allows people to create order out of chaos, and in such a way that the player experience is never exactly the same. Therefore, players are constantly strategizing and making decisions, rather than simply using habitual memorization. Puzzle games are easy to learn conceptually but extremely difficult to master in practice. This is what keeps people coming back. 

The continued success of the puzzle genre is due, in part, to the rise of smartphones. 81% of Americans own a smartphone, which means the total addressable market is vast. Mobile games are accessible to a large player audience with a wide range of demographics. As casual games and genres require minimum experience and are relatively easy to learn, players are eager to discover this type of content. Giving gamers the opportunity to compete with each other in head-to-head matches, as well as offering in-game social features empowers gaming communities to further drive the success of the genre.    

Creating a Puzzle Game 

With the large volume of puzzle games available, especially in the fast-growing mobile gaming sector, it is important to create a stimulating, engaging game to ensure its success. First, identify your target audience and confirm that creative and messaging align with their motivations in order to achieve a solid Install to Deposit rate. 

When designing your game, remember that a good puzzle game is easy to learn but difficult to master. The player should feel that there is an end goal they are working toward, whether it’s solving the puzzle entirely or earning points for each strategic placement of a puzzle piece. Keep your style relatively minimal and avoid clutter. Use high-contrast color combinations and consider giving each color of an item a distinct texture or shape. Make the core loop engaging and simple, yet challenging enough so that the player must learn and improve over time.

Use visuals and sound effects to celebrate winning moments. Offer power-ups, increase the value of harder levels or matches, or give players a creative objective to create more depth. These additions will improve your retention by keeping players engaged and motivated. 

After considering these important aspects of creating a successful puzzle game, ask yourself: What sets my game apart from others?

Puzzle Games on the Skillz Platform 

One way to differentiate your puzzle game in the mobile games market is to make it competitive. With the Skillz platform, you can position your game on a tournament system where players compete against others of equal skill. Why are puzzle games so successful on Skillz?

  1. Puzzle games are built for competition. The level-based progression maps of puzzle games already serve as asynchronous leaderboards. With Skillz, players can compete against real opponents whenever and wherever they want. 
  2. The familiar gameplay and mobile format give users the ideal conditions to raise the stakes. The rules and mechanics are universally understood, and appeal to a variety of competitive player types (e.g., pattern recognizers, math-oriented players, problem-solvers).
  3. Puzzle games are fundamentally skill-based, but some randomness in gameplay enhances player retention. The “random” element of puzzle pieces fosters an exciting, evergreen experience, while the Skillz fairness algorithm ensures each competitor receives the same random conditions.  
  4. The quick, timed format is ideal for tournaments. Short game time leads to instant results and enables players to enter more tournaments in their available time. Players measure their progress against the clock, empowering a more rewarding experience while increasing their likelihood to compete again and again.

If you’re interested in seeing how Skillz can help you launch and monetize your mobile game, check out our Developer Console and download the newest SDK.

How Skillz Helps Brands Level Up

By Hannah Press on February 6, 2020 in Articles, News, Partners

With 2.6 billion global smartphone users, the market for mobile is massive and still growing. Consumers seem to have a limitless appetite for mobile entertainment and information, from news updates to video games. 

Younger mobile-first Millennials and Gen Zers are more comfortable than previous generations with self-education and an ad hoc style of media consumption. As existing brands look beyond the confines of traditional advertising to broaden their digital footprint, companies are turning to Skillz, the leading mobile esports platform, to help build experiences that can uplevel brand awareness and engagement. 

Skillz connects players around the world in fair, fun and meaningful gameplay, enhancing the user journey by monetizing content through immersive competitive experiences instead of the intrusive advertising methods common in media for decades.  

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, the worldwide leader in bowling entertainment, Bowlero Corp, is teaming up with Skillz to launch a branded Skillz-powered mobile game called Strike! By Bowlero. The partnership opens up new opportunities for the bowling phenom to grow their digital footprint, unlock new revenue streams, and extend the relationship with their customers beyond the limits of their physical locations.

In announcing the partnership, Lev Ekster, Vice President of Business Development at Bowlero Corp and COO of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) commented, “We’re thrilled to partner with the leader in competitive mobile games and to be the first in our own entertainment sphere to launch such an exciting esports product. With Strike! By Bowlero, we can maintain and strengthen the connection to our center guests even when they are not on the lanes.”

Strike! By Bowlero and the Bowlero partnership mark Skillz’ first branded mobile experience, designed to gamify the Bowlero user relationship and add a mobile dimension to the sport of bowling. Skillz has previously leveraged its platform to help charitable organizations like the American Cancer Society and World Wildlife Fund raise revenue through mobile tournaments. Nonprofit partners have acquired new donors by tapping Skillz millions of players, found new revenue channels through paid competitive tournaments, and boosted donor engagement through gamification. 

Supported by a nationwide marketing effort across its venues in North America, Bowlero will encourage its customers to download the mobile game and compete for prizes and bonuses at Bowlero centers, creating a rewarding physical-to-digital experience for bowlers on and off the lanes.

By teaming up, Bowlero not only gains access to the Skillz platform’s 30 million mobile gamers but can also offer their existing customers a continuous brand experience that transcends the boundaries of physical bowling alleys. 

Andrew Paradise, CEO and founder of Skillz summed up the collaboration: “As the offline and online worlds collide, partnerships like the one we’ve created with Bowlero are how Skillz is helping to define the future of entertainment.”  

Welcome Back to Skillz, Chris Harrison!

By Hannah Press on February 5, 2020 in Articles, Company Culture

We’re thrilled to welcome Chris Harrison back to the Skillz family! A true Skillz veteran, Chris started on the team in 2014 and was a key figure in building out our Customer Advocacy function. 

After his first five year stint at Skillz, Chris took some time off to travel, explore San Francisco, and pursue his passion for writing. Chris enjoyed spending restful time off and rejoined Skillz as a Customer Advocacy Program Coordinator this January. 

As Chris considered his career possibilities, he spoke to people about what they loved about the places they worked. 

“I learned a lot of great things about companies throughout the Bay Area but the more I heard, the more I realized I’d rather work for Skillz,” he said. “The people here and their dedication to the company’s success are unmatched.”

Chris reached out to former colleagues, who eagerly encouraged him to return to the team. In his new role, he’s focused on providing support for the groups in Customer Advocacy by managing and building out cross-functional initiatives throughout the company. 

“When I started at Skillz initially, we were only about 30-40 people and things were certainly different, but I watched a lot of that change happen while being part of it,” said Chris. “When I showed up to work on my first Monday back, seeing all the changes, big and small, was amazing. It also made me very proud to have worked, and to return again to a company that’s always moving forward.” 

Top Mobile Games to Download this Winter 

By Hannah Press on January 30, 2020 in Articles, Players

Whether you’re a homebody or bold adventurer this season, there’s always time to pick up your favorite mobile game. These Skillz-enabled titles are perfect to play as you travel to the ski run or cozy up by the fire with your family and friends. Compete on iOS and Android for fun or real-world prizes against opponents of equal skill!  

Match Harmony

Put your skills to the test in this musical match-three title, featuring colorful gems and interactive gameplay. In Match Harmony, players race against the clock to match pieces and collect the most music notes. Connect more than three gems to earn score-enhancing bombs and rewards! If you complete the game objective before running out of time or moves, you’re sure to defeat your opponent. 

Big Run Solitaire

Everyone’s favorite spunky, fashionable world-traveler Chelsea is here for a brand new adventure. In this twist on traditional solitaire, controls are easy-to-use and decks are challenging but feasible to solve. Flick and swipe cards in two to five-minute games

 Use your smarts and fast finger skills to beat the clock and your opponent. 

CandyPrize

CandyPrize, the latest and greatest game from Funkitron, is an exciting, fast-paced match-three title designed for head-to-head competition. Swipe candies to make lines of three or more and burst your way to victory. Play smart – the right moves matter, so plan ahead! If you clear the goal with moves left over, you’ll earn bonus points.

Gummy Blast Challenge

Another match-three title with a twist – in Gummy Blast Challenge, players must slide entire rows to make matches and release characters. Score big with unique boosts like the elusive Unicorn Bomb. Defeat your opponent by clearing as many gummy characters as possible with the fewest moves in the quickest amount of time.

The What and Why of Chaos Engineering

By Hannah Press on January 23, 2020 in Articles, Game Developers

Netflix alumnus and serial entrepreneur Casey Rosenthal recently hosted a lunch-and-learn on chaos engineering at the Skillz San Francisco office. His work on chaos engineering at Netflix has established him as a top thought leader in the field. Rosenthal is currently the CEO/Cofounder of Verica. As an Executive Manager and Senior Architect, he manages teams to tackle big data, architect solutions to difficult problems, and train others to do the same. In this blog, we explore the principles and benefits of chaos engineering.

Modern systems in engineering are complex, with an ever-growing demand for both system reliability and abundant new features. A relatively new discipline, chaos engineering helps address the complexity and demands of modern systems. Chaos engineering can be thought of as the facilitation of experiments to uncover systemic weaknesses. It provides real-world insight into how services behave in production and addresses problems that result from the interaction of the numerous components in a distributed system. 

Chaos Engineering Defined 

Chaos engineering seeks to identify the “chaos” inherent in a complex system. Rather than reactively fixing bugs and addressing failures when they occur, the chaos approach practices proactive experiments based on hypotheses to uncover systemic vulnerabilities before they affect customers. It enhances a system’s ability to keep operating and providing a positive experience for end-users even when issues arise.

Scaling complex systems is hard, so there are many misconceptions and myths surrounding it. Rosenthal listed a few of them, including the common assumption that you can make your system more robust by removing people who cause accidents. However, they are rarely, if ever, caused by a single person. While some team members may be involved in more accidents than others, this is more likely due to resource constraints, communication hindrance, or inadequate training than an individual’s shortcomings. Moreover, the system often responds worse to removing a team member vital to its health. Rather than blaming individuals, chaos engineering focuses on proactively testing the system to support growth and stability. 

The Principles of Chaos Engineering

Chaos engineering involves all system stakeholders to intentionally “break” areas of the system through well-planned experiments that mitigate the impact of failures. According to Rosenthal’s principles of chaos, you should: 

  1. Define steady state behavior to build a hypothesis. Look for measurable output that combines customer experience and operational metrics (as opposed to focusing on internal attributes of the system). This will represent the system’s steady state. Then, build a hypothesis around the aspects of the system you believe are resilient.
  2. Simulate real-world events. Introduce variables that mirror realistic events like servers dying, malformed responses, and spikes in traffic. Anything that might disrupt steady state is a viable variable to experiment with.
  3. Carry out experiments in production. This shows in real-time how your system responds to change and how failures/outages affect customers.
  4. Run experiments continuously. Automating chaos experiments saves time and allows teams to focus on building out new features. It also deepens system knowledge for engineers to detect and tackle issues faster with little consumer impact.
  5. Minimize customer impact. When running chaos experiments, it’s the engineer’s responsibility to mitigate blast radius and ensure customers aren’t greatly impacted. 

  As systems grow in complexity, it’s important to incorporate continuous verification (CV) into the continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) process. “Organizations do not have the time or resources to validate that the internal machinations of the system work as intended, so instead they verify that the output of the system is in line with expectations,” Rosenthal says of CV.

Benefits of Chaos Engineering 

Chaos engineering helps uncover the unknowns in a complex system and addresses them in a controlled environment. It’s a proactive strategy that allows proactive planning for potential problems, rather than scrambling to react to a failure in production at 10pm on a Friday when most users are engaged. 

Additionally, controlled chaos experiments help balance three important tradeoffs in engineering: economics, workload, and system safety. Ask yourself how to allocate money and resources, how your team is doing, and how much your servers can handle. By testing the system proactively within the boundaries of the team’s economic means and resources, it’s easier to maintain a healthy employee workload while ensuring the safety of the system.

A successful chaos approach empowers cultural growth across multiple teams. All stakeholders rally behind a common focus around avoiding system failures and building confidence in the future — resulting in happier, more efficient, and more engaged teams. 

As Skillz strives to make mobile competition accessible for every player worldwide, we’re focused on building confidence in our increasingly dynamic microservices system to deliver the best user experience possible. With over 30 million users on the platform, reliability is paramount. Understanding our strengths and weaknesses allows us to proactively prepare as we scale and successfully tackle failures before they damage the experience of our customers.

Competitive Multiplayer Mobile Games: Synchronous vs. Asynchronous

By Hannah Press on January 23, 2020 in Articles, Game Developers

Multiplayer mobile games drive long-term player retention by allowing players to compete for bragging rights or real prizes, and encouraging players to build social connections and communities through gameplay. To build a successful multiplayer title, developers must consider the game genre, style of gameplay, audience needs, and budget to drive early player adoption. 

This blog focuses on two major types of gameplay for multiplayer mobile games — synchronous and asynchronous — including the benefits and drawbacks of both, as well as key developer considerations. 

Gaming for Good with World Wildlife Fund

By Hannah Press on January 17, 2020 in Articles, Gaming for Good

In this month’s Gaming For Good charity event series, Skillz will be donating 100% of our net proceeds to World Wildlife Fund! The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF’s mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.

WWF is working to support the emergency response to the devastating fires in Australia, as well as the long-term recovery efforts. By joining the event, you’ll be supporting them on this vital mission.

And that’s not all — Enter 5 times this weekend and earn a Skillz-branded stuffed koala!

Start: Saturday, 1/18 10 AM PST
End: Sunday, 1/19 10 PM PST

How to play:

  1. Open games.skillz.com. Download Bubble Shooter Tournaments, Cube Cube, Dominoes Gold, Strike! Bowling, Solitaire Cube, Block Blitz, Solitaire Tour, Bubble Shooter Arena, 21 Blitz, Spider Solitaire Cube, Pro Pool – Ultimate 8 Ball, Bubble Shooter League, Jewel Blitz, Diamond Strike, Bubble Cube 2, or Blackout Blitz. 
  2. Enter the “Gaming for Good” event.
  3. You can enter in as many of the listed games as you wish.

World Wildlife Fund in Australia:
Over the last 40 years WWF has worked on species conservation and habitat and landscape management across Australia, in partnership with traditional owners, communities, nonprofits, scientists, businesses, and governments. Over the coming weeks, months, and years, WWF will work together with these partners to:

  • Address immediate needs. Activities change daily but include providing extensive care to injured koalas and other species.
  • Recover critical habitats. WWF will also engage Indigenous and rural communities to improve management of critical ecosystems and fire response.
  • Prepare for future emergencies. WWF seeks to ensure recovery, reconstruction, and management responses towards securing Australia’s natural resources for people and nature over the long-term.

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NOTE: 100% of the net proceeds of this event will be donated. A minimum of $25,000 has been pledged to WWF. Net proceeds are calculated as Initial Deposit and Entry Fees, less prizes and tournament administration fees. Each Entry Fee includes a 20% service fee, and a minimum of 25% of each Entry Fee will be donated.

Prizes may vary in select games. Delivery of physical prizes will take up to 2 weeks if you live in the continental U.S. and up to 3 weeks if you live outside the continental U.S. Special-order logo items such as the participation prize and other branded items may take up to 6-8 weeks to receive.

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