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Behind the Scenes: Skillz Named a CNBC Disruptor!


Andrew interviewed by CNBC after Skillz is named a CNBC Disruptor

We’re thrilled to announce that Skillz has been named a 2017 CNBC Disruptor on their annual Disruptor 50 list! To make matters even more exciting, Skillz is the first and only eSports company ever selected.

Now in its fifth year, the CNBC Disruptor list ranks the most ambitious, forward-thinking private companies that are changing the global economy and business landscape with their innovations. We’re honored to be recognized alongside impressive companies like Airbnb, Lyft, SpaceX, GitHub, Pinterest and Spotify.

On the heels of the list’s unveiling, yesterday CNBC visited Skillz headquarters in downtown San Francisco to film a spotlight interview of our CEO and founder, Andrew Paradise, against the fitting backdrop of our unique gaming-themed office. We had to keep our usual hustle and bustle down to a dull roar so taping wasn’t interrupted, but it was pretty exciting to have the production crew with all their professional film equipment set up camp right in the middle of our office.

With the production crew swirling around the office, it hit us that the world is seeing how Skillz truly is disrupting sports and gaming. When the company was founded in 2012, the vast majority of people had never even heard of eSports. Today, the eSports industry is growing at an exponential rate on a global scale, and Skillz is at the forefront of it all – now awarding almost half of all eSports prizes and enabling over 12 million players to enjoy the thrill of competitive mobile games.

It’s crazy to look back and see how rapidly Skillz has been growing since our start just four years ago. But we wouldn’t be named a top CNBC disruptor if we stopped here, right? Here’s to many more years, many more Skillz-powered games, and many more exciting developments as we continue to shape the future of eSports.