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Press Release: Skillz Introduces Real-Money Mobile Gaming in the U.S.

Tournament Platform’s Beta Launch Enables Cash Competitions in Skill-Based Games

Playing mobile games for cash is now a reality with Skillz, the world’s only multiplayer tournament platform for skill-based mobile games. Skillz enables game developers to host both cash and free multiplayer tournaments inside their mobile games. Skillz represents a brand new monetization opportunity for developers, making game development more profitable and gaming more fun.

The Skillz open beta is available initially for the Android platform and will allow game developers of skill-based titles to host cash competitions in 36 U.S. states, while facilitating free and virtual currency tournaments worldwide.

“While mobile gaming continues to boom, game developers need innovative, yet complementary ways to monetize their content. 80% of mobile games revenue went to the top twenty development studios last year,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO and founder of Skillz. “Tournaments take mobile gaming to the next level by enhancing gameplay, making it more social and fun as players compete against each other. For developers, competitions translate into longer sessions, better user retention and increased revenue.”

Developers using the Skillz platform are already seeing results. Joe Hanson, founder of Rocketmind, said, “Since integrating Skillz, we’re seeing increased engagement from our users in Big Sport Fishing. We’ve found that players who enter Skillz competitions play three times longer than their peers.”

A New Monetization Solution

With Skillz, studios of all sizes can drive revenue while enriching gameplay. Using the Skillz SDK, developers collect income directly from every cash tournament, while increasing ad views and in-app purchases through virtual currency competitions that boost player engagement.

Skillz is launching with ten game studios, each releasing one Android title initially. The available games span a range of genres including sports, puzzle, arcade and more.

  • GnarBike Trials (Gnarly Games)
  • Bubble Explode (Spooky House Studios)
  • Big Sport Fishing 3D Lite (Rocketmind)
  • SushiChop (Rogue Rocket)
  • Mini Golf Star: Putt Putt Game (DMW Design Group)
  • International Boxing Champions (Coeus Creative)
  • Bubble Shooter (Ilyon Dynamics)
  • Apache Strike: Multiplayer Fun (The Game Boss/Geniteam Solutions)
  • King of Defense (WSW)
  • 3D Cave Runner (Skillz)


In these titles, players can enter cash tournaments for as little as $0.25, competing to win real money. Free competitions in these games are available worldwide.

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Developers interested in Skillz tournaments can visit:

About Skillz

Skillz, the leading mobile eSports platform, connects the world’s 2.6 billion mobile gamers through competition. In 2018, Skillz was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Companies, Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, and the Entrepreneur 360. Skillz has also been named the #1 fastest-growing private company in America by Inc. Magazine and a CNBC Disruptor 50. 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

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Roxie Bostwick
Communications Lead
Skillz Inc.
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