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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.

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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