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Seasoned Gaming and Hospitality Executive Seth Schorr Joins Skillz Board of Directors

By Skillz on August 25, 2022 in Press Releases

Experienced CEO and Chairman Brings Deep Leadership Expertise As Skillz Builds the Home of Competition for All 

Skillz (NYSE: SKLZ), the leading mobile games platform bringing fair competition to players worldwide, today announced that Seth Schorr, Chief Executive Officer of Fifth Street Gaming and Chairman of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, has joined its Board of Directors. Schorr will serve on the Compensation Committee of the Board. 

“We’re incredibly excited to bring Seth Schorr and his extensive experience in interactive gaming and entertainment to our board as we embark on the next chapter of Skillz,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO of Skillz.

Beginning his career in gaming and hospitality in 1991, Schorr served as an integral member of the Wynn Resorts team, developing the international marketing department in Macau and the interactive gaming division in Nevada. Schorr and his partner, Jeffrey Fine, co-founded Fifth Street Gaming, which owns and operates five casinos. The principals of Fifth Street Gaming also control, through its affiliate, the LEV Restaurant Group, a food and beverage operation that owns and manages more than 60 restaurants in the Las Vegas area and Southern California. 

In early 2015, Schorr was introduced to the world of esports and led the effort to develop the first fully integrated esports program in a casino resort at The Downtown Grand. In 2017, Schorr launched Commercial Streaming Solutions, which developed the patented media platform BettorView to bring sports betting content to casinos, bars, and stadiums throughout the country. In 2021, Schorr founded JefeBet, a multimedia and entertainment brand focused on serving the Latinx community. Schorr is also a founder of the Nevada Esports Alliance and was appointed to the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s Esports Technical Advisory Committee in 2021.

Schorr is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and sits on numerous boards – including The Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Nevada Restaurant Association, Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, Advisory Board of The Smith Center for Performing Arts, One Night for One Drop, and the Nevada State Board of Museums & History. He is also the Chairman and an executive board member of the Communications Committee of the Downtown Las Vegas alliance.

“Skillz has an incredibly bright future ahead, and it’s thrilling to join the board at this pivotal moment in the company’s journey,” said Seth Schorr.

 

 

About Skillz Inc.

Skillz is the leading mobile games platform dedicated to bringing out the best in everyone through competition. The Skillz platform helps developers create multi-million dollar franchises by enabling social competition in their games. Leveraging its patented technology, Skillz hosts billions of casual esports tournaments for millions of mobile players worldwide, with the goal of building the home of competition for all. Skillz has earned recognition as one of Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators, CNBC’s Disruptor 50, Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and the number-one fastest-growing company in America on the Inc. 5000. www.skillz.com

Henry Hoffman, Partner at SL Advisors, Joins Skillz Board of Directors

By Skillz on August 5, 2022 in Press Releases

Experienced Portfolio Manager Brings Deep Financial Expertise As Skillz Builds for Profitable Growth

Skillz (NYSE: SKLZ), the leading mobile games platform bringing fair competition to players worldwide, today announced that Henry Hoffman, Partner and Portfolio Manager at SL Advisors, has joined its Board of Directors.  Hoffman will serve on the Audit Committee of the Board. 

“We’re thrilled for Henry Hoffman to bring his extensive experience in the financial services industry to our board as Skillz is building for profitable growth,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO of Skillz.

Henry Hoffman is a Partner at SL Advisors and Portfolio Manager of the SL Advisors MLP & Infrastructure SMA strategies. He is also Co-Portfolio Manager of the Catalyst Energy Infrastructure Fund (MLXIX) and Co-Portfolio Manager for the Rational Inflation Growth Fund (IGOIX). Hoffman is a co-creator of the American Energy Indices, with a deep passion for the energy infrastructure space. Before joining SL Advisors, he worked as a buy-side equity analyst for PNC Capital Advisors and a private equity real estate analyst for PNC Realty Investors. Hoffman graduated from Duke University with a B.S in economics and a minor in chemistry.

“Skillz is a true pioneer and leader that’s reimagining the future of entertainment through competition. I am honored to join the board and be part of the company’s journey ahead,” said Henry Hoffman.

 

About Skillz Inc.

Skillz is the leading mobile games platform dedicated to bringing out the best in everyone through competition. The Skillz platform helps developers create multi-million dollar franchises by enabling social competition in their games. Leveraging its patented technology, Skillz hosts billions of casual esports tournaments for millions of mobile players worldwide, with the goal of building the home of competition for all. Skillz has earned recognition as one of Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators, CNBC’s Disruptor 50, Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and the number-one fastest-growing company in America on the Inc. 5000. www.skillz.com

 

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Skillz Hires Blackstone Executive Jason Roswig as President and CFO

By Skillz on June 30, 2022 in Press Releases

Roswig Brings 20+ Years of Financial Experience 

Across Blackstone, McKinsey, and GE to Leading Mobile Gaming Platform

Skillz (NYSE: SKLZ), the leading mobile games platform bringing fair and fun competition to players worldwide, announced today that veteran finance executive Jason Roswig has been hired as the company’s President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Roswig will join the company on August 8, 2022 from Blackstone, where he served as Managing Director. He will replace the current Skillz CFO, Ian Lee, who is stepping down to pursue other opportunities.

“Jason is a true leader who will be dedicated to bringing both financial and operational excellence to Skillz. I couldn’t be more excited about him joining our leadership team,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO and founder of Skillz. 

As President and CFO, Roswig will report directly to Paradise and oversee the company’s finance and operations functions, including accounting, investor relations, FP&A, tax, corporate development, administration, and strategy. “I am thrilled to join a company as unique as Skillz and maximize its full potential. I am also deeply passionate about making Skillz the best place to work for top talent in the industry,” said Roswig. 

Formerly Managing Director in Blackstone’s Private Equity and Portfolio Operations groups, Roswig had oversight of the financial and operating performance of Blackstone’s technology portfolio. Prior to that, he served as an Expert Associate Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Corporate Finance and Organization practices, providing and implementing recommendations on growth, mergers & acquisitions, and post-close value creation opportunities. Prior to McKinsey, Roswig spent 12 years at the General Electric Company in a variety of Finance and Corporate Development executive roles in the United States, Germany, and China.

 

About Skillz Inc.

Skillz is the leading mobile games platform with a mission to bring out the best in everyone through competition. The Skillz platform helps developers build multi-million dollar franchises by enabling social competition in their games. Leveraging its patented technology, Skillz hosts billions of casual esports tournaments for millions of mobile players worldwide, and distributes millions in prizes each month. Skillz has earned recognition as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, CNBC’s Disruptor 50, Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, and the number-one fastest-growing company in America on the Inc. 5000. www.skillz.com 

 

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SHARI GLAZER, CEO OF KALOS LABS AND FOUNDER OF US DIGITAL TRUST, JOINS SKILLZ BOARD OF DIRECTORS

By Skillz on May 12, 2022 in Press Releases

The Globally-Recognized Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, and Owner of the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Manchester United Joins Skillz Board
as Its Second Woman Director

Skillz (NYSE: SKLZ), the leading mobile games platform bringing fair and fun competition to players worldwide, today announced that Shari Glazer, entrepreneur and a globally-recognized philanthropist, has joined its board of directors. Shari serves as the second woman director to be elected to the Skillz board of directors, which now includes eight board members.

“We couldn’t be happier to benefit from Shari Glazer’s extensive expertise at the intersection of sports, technology, and philanthropy, and bring her on our journey to deliver fair competition to everyone, redefining how competition happens– in mobile gaming and beyond,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO of Skillz.

In addition to being Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kalos Labs, a digital assets and blockchain platform for global brands, Shari Glazer is the founder of US DIGITAL Trust, which manages a diverse portfolio of private investments across the digital assets industry. The Glazer family has also owned the Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise since 1995, helping steer the team to Super Bowl victory in 2021, and British soccer powerhouse Manchester United, which they acquired in 2006. As a globally-recognized philanthropist and co-founder of the Edward and Shari Glazer Charitable Trust, Glazer currently sits on the Board of Trustees for MOCA, and Board of Overseers at Hoover Institution, Stanford University. In 2018, Glazer opened the Shari and Ed Glazer Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI), designed to enhance collaboration and experiential learning, and to serve as an academic hub and idea incubator. 

“I’m honored to join Skillz’s Board. As a category creator, Skillz has been uniquely positioned to disrupt the competitive mobile games industry and build the home for competition for all. I look forward to the opportunity to be a part of the company’s evolution and next stage of growth,” said Glazer. 

 

About Skillz Inc.

Skillz is the leading mobile games platform that connects players in fair, fun, and meaningful competition. The Skillz platform helps developers build multi-million dollar franchises by enabling social competition in their games. Leveraging its patented technology, Skillz hosts billions of casual esports tournaments for millions of mobile players worldwide, and distributes millions in prizes each month. Skillz has earned recognition as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, CNBC’s Disruptor 50, Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, and the number-one fastest-growing company in America on the Inc. 5000. www.skillz.com 

 

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UFC® ENTERS A MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP BRINGING NEXT LEVEL MOBILE GAMING COMPETITION TO LIFE ON SKILLZ PLATFORM

By Skillz on March 23, 2022 in Press Releases

UFC, One of the Largest and Most Recognized Global Sports Brands 

Opens the Door for Skillz Developers to Create Original,

Branded UFC Competitive Mobile Games

In a strategic move to merge the sensational world of esports competition with premium sports & entertainment, Skillz (NYSE: SKLZ), the leading mobile games platform bringing fair and fun competition to players worldwide, today announced a multi-year partnership with UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization. The licensing deal, which will enable Skillz’ developers to create UFC-branded competitive mobile games that are co-marketed by UFC and Skillz, was revealed at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. Skillz is currently exhibiting (South Hall Booth #S749) March 23-25. 

“Skillz’ partnership with UFC is part of our winning strategy that aligns Skillz’ disruptive competitive mobile games platform with the business of sport. We’re delivering an enticing opportunity for developers to create the most innovative, branded mobile games for UFC’s millions of loyal fans worldwide,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO of Skillz. “The popularity of the UFC brand, which represents one of the fastest- rising sports globally, combined with Skillz’ mobile gaming expertise, is a huge win for developers seeking to monetize and grow their games through the power of competition. We look forward to nurturing this incredible collaboration to life in the coming months and years.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with Skillz to bring new mobile games to our fans,” said UFC Senior Vice President of Global Consumer Products Tracey Bleczinski. “UFC is always looking to engage with our fans, and we have found gaming to be one of the best ways we connect with them beyond our live events. Our research shows there is large number of UFC fans who are prolific gamers, so this is a perfect way to reach this audience.”

The deal allows selected game creators from Skillz developer community to utilize certain UFC and UFC athlete intellectual property for mobile game creation and marketing. The new UFC-branded mobile games are slated to launch in 2023. 

To sign up and gather more information about creating the next great UFC-branded mobile game, contact devb2bmarketing@skillz.com

 

About UFC®

UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization (MMA), with more than 625 million fans and 188 million media followers. The organization produces more than 40 live events annually in some of the most prestigious arenas around the world, while broadcasting to nearly 900 million TV households across more than 170 countries. UFC’s athlete roster features the world’s best MMA athletes representing more than 75 countries. The organization’s digital offerings include UFC FIGHT PASS®, one of the world’s leading streaming services for combat sports. UFC is owned by global sports and entertainment company Endeavor, and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok: @UFC.

 

About Skillz Inc.

Skillz is the leading mobile games platform that connects players in fair, fun, and meaningful competition. The Skillz platform helps developers build multi-million dollar franchises by enabling social competition in their games. Leveraging its patented technology, Skillz hosts billions of casual esports tournaments for millions of mobile players worldwide, and distributes millions in prizes each month. Skillz has earned recognition as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, CNBC’s Disruptor 50, Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, and the number-one fastest-growing company in America on the Inc. 5000. www.skillz.com

SKILLZ NAMES PLAY MECHANIX THE FIRST “DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR” AWARD RECIPIENT OF 2021 AT THIS YEAR’S GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE

By Skillz on March 22, 2022 in Press Releases

Play Mechanix, Creator of the Big Buck Hunter: Marksman Mobile Game, 

Recognized As The Year’s “Best In Class” Developer 

Honored for Creativity, Innovation, and Growth on Skillz’ Platform

Recognizing the talents of its developer community that builds highly competitive game experiences for everyone – Skillz (NYSE: SKLZ), the leading mobile games platform bringing fair, fun and meaningful competition to players worldwide, today announced the first-ever “Developer of the Year” is Play Mechanix. The Chicago-based developer of the legendary Big Buck Hunter franchise that launched the Big Buck Hunter: Marksman mobile game version exclusively on Skillz’ platform last fall, is being recognized by Skillz for their achievement as the standout developer partner of 2021, which was revealed today at the 36th Annual Game Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California.

“Developers are the heart and soul of the Skillz platform, so it’s a pleasure to honor Play Mechanix as the recipient of Skillz’ first ‘Developer of the Year’ Award,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO of Skillz. “We are delighted by the dedication shown by their entire development team. From introducing one of last year’s fastest rising titles on the Skillz platform that ranked No. 1 in the sports category on the Apple App Store within its first week of release, to now becoming a finalist in the NFL & Skillz Game Developer Challenge, Play Mechanix serves as a stellar example for other developers seeking to build multi-million dollar games on Skillz’ platform. We look forward to continuing our prosperous relationship together in 2022 and for years to come.”

Play Mechanix’s Journey with Skillz 

Play Mechanix’s partnership with Skillz began in 2020, with an eye on bringing its iconic Big Buck Hunter arcade franchise to a massively growing mobile gaming fan base, leveraging Skillz’ competitive mobile games platform. Skillz powers over two billion tournaments each year. This was a perfect match given the heritage behind Big Buck Hunter, whose wildly popular first-person shooter game has enticed fans with live, head-to-head arcade competition for over 20 years. Play Mechanix’s next-generation mobile game, Big Buck Hunter: Marksman inaugurated the first-person shooter game genre on Skillz’ platform. Skillz made community and competition – something Play Mechanix has been successfully doing for years in the traditional games space – an enticing new business strategy for Play Mechanix within the thriving mobile games market. The opportunity to monetize and grow its blockbuster franchise through competition on Skillz’ platform has opened doors to a whole new fan base of players unimaginable before. Play Mechanix has been expanding its relationship with Skillz, continuing to iterate upon its popular hunting title and enhance the player experience. They are launching new animals to target, and introducing a new sync version utilizing Skillz’ integration with  Photon Engine from partner Exit Games for synchronous multi-player gaming, which aims to boost player engagement and retention. 

“Skillz’ expertise in the mobile games industry, guiding us through the entire development process and helping nurture our Big Buck Hunter: Marksman mobile game to life in such a short amount of time has been incredible,” said George Petro, President of Play Mechanix. “There is no other platform out there that matches Skillz’ triple-threat ability to enable developers to bring their games to life, create new games partnering with some of the most recognizable branded IP and build games that monetize for a built-in mobile gaming audience that thrives on competition.”  

Other developer nominees considered for the Skillz 2021 “Developer of the Year” award included BoomBit, developer of the Skillz-powered Dart Tournament mobile game and etermax, creators of Trivia Crack Payday.

Skillz Spotlights Play Mechanix at GDC 2022

Skillz will be hosting a GDC speaking panel session on March 23, 12:30-1:30pm, titled “Building the Future of Competition”. Join panel speakers Andrew Paradise, CEO of Skillz; George Petro, President of Play Mechanix; and Mark Val, Head of Growth at Photon Engine, who will highlight the successes and opportunities for developers to monetize their games through competition.

Also on display at Skillz (Booth #S749 South Hall) during GDC, will be a series of spotlight videos capturing Play Mechanix’s partnership with Skillz. To watch the spotlight videos and Skillz speaking panel session, all content will be posted live via Skillz’ GDC Virtual Booth.

 

About Skillz Inc.

Skillz is the leading mobile games platform that connects players in fair, fun, and meaningful competition. The Skillz platform helps developers build multi-million dollar franchises by enabling social competition in their games. Leveraging its patented technology, Skillz hosts billions of casual esports tournaments for millions of mobile players worldwide, and distributes millions in prizes each month. Skillz has earned recognition as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, CNBC’s Disruptor 50, Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, and the number-one fastest-growing company in America on the Inc. 5000. www.skillz.com 

 

About Play Mechanix, Inc.

Founded in 1995 by former Midway designer George Petro, (NARC, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Revolution X), Play Mechanix is a global leader in the design and development of arcade video games. Merging with Raw Thrills in 2006 to form the top arcade video game manufacturer in the world, Play Mechanix is responsible for hit releases such as the Big Buck Hunter series, Minecraft Dungeons Arcade, Halo: Fireteam Raven, The Walking Dead, Terminator Salvation, Aliens Armageddon, MotoGP, and many, many more.

THE NFL & SKILLZ GAME DEVELOPER CHALLENGE REVEAL THE FINALISTS FOR THE FIRST NFL BRANDED MOBILE GAMES

By Skillz on March 14, 2022 in Press Releases

Final Winning Games Launch with the 2022 NFL Season

The National Football League (NFL) and Skillz (NYSE: SKLZ), the leading mobile games platform bringing fair and fun competition to players worldwide, today revealed the NFL & Skillz Game Developer Challenge has selected the four developer finalists, Brainstorm Games, iGamebank, Play Mechanix, and Session Games, whose NFL-inspired game creations have earned the coveted rights to brand their games with the NFL and club logos, and move on to the soft launch phase. 

“To have an opportunity to create a branded NFL game is a milestone achievement for developers,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO of Skillz. “Congratulations to these four talented developers whose innovative games rose to the challenge. We look forward to seeing which final games come out on top to score the big win.” 

The NFL & Skillz Game Developer Challenge will conclude this summer and the winning games will officially launch for play on iOS and Android prior to the 2022 NFL season. For more information, visit skillz.com/nflchallenge.

 

About Skillz Inc.

Skillz is the leading mobile games platform that connects players in fair, fun, and meaningful competition. The Skillz platform helps developers build multi-million dollar franchises by enabling social competition in their games. Leveraging its patented technology, Skillz hosts billions of casual esports tournaments for millions of mobile players worldwide, and distributes millions in prizes each month. Skillz has earned recognition as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, CNBC’s Disruptor 50, Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, and the number-one fastest-growing company in America on the Inc. 5000. www.skillz.com

 

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SKILLZ SPOTLIGHTS INNOVATION, MONETIZATION, AND GROWTH THROUGH COMPETITION AT THE 36TH ANNUAL GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE

By Skillz on March 9, 2022 in Press Releases

Skillz Live and Virtual Exhibitor Booth #S749 South Hall Thrills Attendees With A Fun Week of Live Skillz-Powered Mobile Game Competitions, New Developer-Enabling Products, and A Sneak Preview of the NEW NFL Branded Mobile Games

Uniting for the first time at this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC), Skillz (NYSE: SKLZ), the leading mobile games platform bringing fair and fun competition to players worldwide, will be hosting Aarki, its growing demand side platform (DSP), alongside Skillz’ strategic Photon Engine partner. Visit the Skillz booth at GDC – one of the biggest events of the year for the game developer community – located at #S749 in South Hall, which takes place March 23-25, 2022 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

“Skillz’s unique, disruptive platform continues to democratize the mobile gaming industry by making it better and easier for developers to create, monetize, and grow their games through competition,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO of Skillz. “We look forward to sharing an exclusive first look at some of Skillz’s latest product innovations, services, and strategic partnerships at GDC that will further enable new and existing developers to build multi-million dollar franchises on the Skillz platform.”

At this year’s GDC, Skillz will be unveiling a showstopping lineup of exclusive first looks and live events, including:

Show Days (March 23-25):

  • SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE FIRST NFL-BRANDED MOBILE GAMES ON SKILLZ: Compete and play the NFL & Skillz Game Developer Challenge finalists’ NFL-branded mobile games, presently in limited soft launch. Check out which games are your favorite. The winning games will be announced prior to the 2022 NFL season.
  • SKILLZ AND PHOTON ENGINE VIP DEVELOPER HAPPY HOUR ON TUESDAY, MARCH 22: Skillz and its Photon Engine partner, will host an exclusive VIP developer Happy Hour. (Invitation only event)
  • SKILLZ GDC 2022 SESSION ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 12:30-1:30 PM: Join an in-person and virtual session on “Building the Future of Competition” with Andrew Paradise, CEO and founder of Skillz; Mark Val, Head of Growth at Photon Engine; and George Petro, President of Play Mechanix.
  • SKILLZ NEW PRODUCT INNOVATIONS AND SERVICES: Schedule a VIP preview of Skillz’s impending product and service innovations for the developer ecosystem. And learn more about Aarki, the first integrated esports advertising platform for delivering industry-leading ROI for performance advertisers on the Skillz platform. To schedule a meeting, contact salesteam@skillz.com.
  • LEARN MORE ABOUT PHOTON ENGINE: Meet with the creators of the Photon Engine, the world’s leading synchronous multiplayer gaming technology that allows Skillz developers to create and host real-time, multiplayer games. Contact Mark Val at mark@photonengine.com.
  • LIVE SKILLZ TOURNAMENTS AT GDC: Compete to win world-class prizes by joining Skillz live mobile game tournaments, hosted every day at the Skillz GDC booth. Download and play your favorite Skillz-enabled games, including Big Cooking, Big Buck Hunter: Marksman, Bubble Cube 2, Darts Tournament, Blast Birds, and Pool Payday. Check out the full Skillz-powered tournaments streaming on Skillz live events portal at Skillz Arena.

Stay tuned for more live updates from Skillz at GDC 2022 posted throughout the week, March 21-25 on Skillz Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn social channels. Also coming soon, GDC virtual attendees can also stop by Skillz Virtual Booth to read and view all of the show action in real-time. 

 

About Skillz Inc.

Skillz is the leading mobile games platform that connects players in fair, fun, and meaningful competition. The Skillz platform helps developers build multi-million dollar franchises by enabling social competition in their games. Leveraging its patented technology, Skillz hosts billions of casual esports tournaments for millions of mobile players worldwide, and distributes millions in prizes each month. Skillz has earned recognition as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, CNBC’s Disruptor 50, Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, and the number-one fastest-growing company in America on the Inc. 5000. www.skillz.com

The Drone Racing League Launches Drone Racing Arcade Powered by Skillz Mobile Games Platform

By Skillz on November 15, 2021 in Press Releases

iOS and Android users can download the “Drone Racing Arcade by DRL” today

Now anyone can be a drone pilot and experience the action-packed sport of drone racing while pushing their #DroneSkills to the limit. The Drone Racing League (DRL), the world’s premier, professional drone racing property, today launched its first mobile game, Drone Racing Arcade with Skillz (NYSE: SKLZ), the leading mobile games platform bringing fair and fun competition to players worldwide. This first-of-its-kind mobile game powered by Skillz is now available as a free app for iOS and Android mobile devices.

Starting this December, DRL will challenge their millions of fans, as well as players around the world to compete in Skillz-hosted Drone Racing Arcade tournaments for the chance to win exclusive prizes. The Drone Racing Arcade mobile game offers an entirely new and immersive experience for DRL fans to get in on the drone racing rush.

“The Drone Racing League is a sport for everyone, intersecting technology, sports and entertainment. Our Drone Racing Arcade game is the ultimate first foray into flying drones on mobile, giving players a fun, free and easy way to experience the thrill of drone racing,” said DRL Chief Marketing Officer Anne Marie Gianutsos.

“Drone racing is one of the fastest growing action sports of our era—so it’s a thrill to announce the Drone Racing League is teaming up with Skillz for their expansion into competitive mobile gaming,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO and Founder of Skillz. “Pushing the limits of innovation, competition and fun, we’re delighted to welcome players into the world of drone racing, giving DRL’s millions of fans a new reason to thrill-seek through high-flying Skillz-powered mobile tournaments.”

The Drone Racing Arcade mobile game takes the epic racing sport to a whole new level. Players compete against the clock, racing DRL drones through neon-lit courses filled with obstacles, gates, coins, and boosts to score the most points and prove that they are the top drone pilot. Flying is performed through simple touch-screen maneuvers, focused on rising, pushing and tilting the drones — giving players a feel for real-life drone racing skills and commands such as throttle, pitch and yaw. 

The Drone Racing Arcade game debuts during the 2021-22 DRL World Championship Season, which combines the best of esports and real drone racing and airs on Wednesday nights at 8pm EST on NBCSN and Twitter. Throughout the season, the world’s best drone pilots race high-speed drones in spectacular courses through virtual DRL SIM maps and iconic sports arenas including FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee, home arena to the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies and the Las Vegas Strip outside T-Mobile Arena for the DRL Vegas Championship Race Presented by T-Mobile.  

About Drone Racing League

The Drone Racing League (DRL) is the world’s premier, professional drone racing property. The best drone pilots in the world fly in the league and millions of fans watch them race on NBC, NBCSN, and Twitter. With groundbreaking technology and immersive, high-speed races through virtual and live events, DRL is creating a new era of sports, combining both esports and real-life competition.

Founded by Nicholas Horbaczewski in 2015, DRL is a privately held company headquartered in NYC. For more information, visit www.drl.io. To join the conversation, follow DRL on Twitter @DroneRaceLeague, Instagram @thedroneracingleague and TikTok @thedroneracingleague.

About Skillz Inc.

Skillz is the leading mobile games platform that connects players in fair, fun, and meaningful competition. The Skillz platform helps developers build multi-million dollar franchises by enabling social competition in their games. Leveraging its patented technology, Skillz hosts billions of casual esports tournaments for millions of mobile players worldwide, and distributes millions in prizes each month. Skillz has earned recognition as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, CNBC’s Disruptor 50, Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, and the number-one fastest-growing company in America on the Inc. 5000. www.skillz.com 

 

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Skillz Names Former Amazon Executive Vatsal Bhardwaj as Chief Product Officer to Drive the Future of Mobile Gaming

By Skillz on October 22, 2021 in Press Releases

Bhardwaj Brings Deep Game Development and Global Launch Expertise to Top Mobile Gaming Platform, Accelerating Product Momentum and Supporting Key Growth Initiatives

Skillz (NYSE: SKLZ), the leading mobile games platform bringing fair and fun competition to players worldwide, today announced the appointment of Vatsal Bhardwaj as the company’s Chief Product Officer. An experienced gaming executive who most recently served as the General Manager and Director of Game Tech for Amazon Web Services (AWS), Bhardwaj joins the Skillz C-suite, further strengthening the company’s executive team with experienced leaders from many of the world’s most prominent brands. 

“With an outstanding track record at both Amazon and Facebook, Vatsal brings nearly two decades of experience to the Skillz leadership team at a pivotal time as we aggressively scale and grow our business around the world,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO and Founder of Skillz. “Under his direction, our product team will develop and deploy innovative new gameplay technologies, accelerate our entry into multiplayer synchronous gaming, and build out brand-sponsored tournaments and partnerships, giving both our players and developers the best experience possible.”

“I look forward to leading the product team at a moment where Skillz is reimagining the future of mobile gaming and scaling the business,” Bhardwaj said. “I’m pleased to join Skillz during this enormous growth period as the company continues building its foundation, driving the product and tech teams forward to expand the innovative product offerings and deliver fun, fair, and trusted gameplay for players across the globe.” 

As Chief Product Officer, Bhardwaj will report directly to Paradise while leading the global product team at Skillz as the company drives to become the world’s top competitive entertainment brand. In this role, Bhardwaj will lead the product and technology teams, and will be responsible for driving the creation of new services and products from concept, development, and go-to-market. He and his team will build and operationalize the company’s product roadmap, which will include building industry-leading features to enable developers to build successful businesses on Skillz. Additionally, Bhardwaj will help scale the teams, operational practices, and systems as Skillz experiences continued strong growth. 

While with AWS, Bhardwaj was the leader for Game Tech, including launching one of the largest open-source initiatives, Open 3D engine, Amazon GameSparks, growing Amazon Gamelift and initiating several new initiatives in gaming. Before joining Amazon, Bhardwaj served as Head of Product for various groups at Facebook, where he managed projects and teams across engineering, product management, game design, production, art, UI/UX, and analytics. He led Facebook’s India growth teams, and launched and scaled the Oculus App store, developer services, and several other initiatives to grow revenues for Oculus. Prior to Facebook, Bhardwaj was General Manager and Head of Studios at Storm8, and also served in related roles at Match.com and Zynga.

Bhardwaj holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree from Gujarat University in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

 

About Skillz Inc.

Skillz is the leading mobile games platform that connects players around the world in fair, fun, and meaningful competition. The Skillz marketplace expands the gaming ecosystem, helping developers share their art with the world and build multi-million dollar franchises by enabling social competition in their games. Leveraging its patented technology, Skillz hosts billions of casual esports tournaments for 30 million mobile players worldwide and distributes millions in prizes each month. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by leading venture capitalists, media companies, and professional sports leagues and franchises. Skillz has earned recognition as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, CNBC’s Disruptor 50, Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, and the #1 fastest-growing company in America on the Inc. 5000. www.skillz.com

 

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