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How to Become Prize-Enabled on Skillz

Author: Alex Yi, Developer Community Manager At Skillz

 
With the Skillz Tournament Management System (TMS), developers can add eSports competition to their games to increase retention, drive downloads, and expand reach. Skillz is excited to aid developers through the process of launching a successful competitive mobile game and ultimately enabling it for prize enabled matches.  

After publishing a game through the Skillz Developer Console, there are a number of requirements to hit before real-world prize enablement. We recommend you turn on key features, such as Push Notifications, Single Sign-On, and Deep Linking. These features are key for maximizing the potential of a game from a retention, engagement and monetization perspective. In addition, you can drive more daily active users (DAU) through player acquisition.

Let’s take a deeper look at the seven game requirements necessary for becoming prize enabled.

A Minimum of 100 Daily Active Users

Before enabling prize tournaments in a game, Skillz ensures that the player volume justifies offering prize-based matches. Any game with under 100 DAU often leads to players not matching, which results in more aborted matches. This creates a poor user experience and ultimately harms paying user retention rates.

If your game does not have the minimum number of DAU required, then check out our UA best practices article for tips and tricks for driving player acquisition for a Skillz-powered game.

Pass The Skill Algorithm Test

Skillz has developed a patented algorithm to determine if a game is more than 65% skill versus chance. The algorithm determines the skill level of a game by measuring a game’s outcome compared to a player’s perceived skill. In order for the algorithm to function, a game must have had at least 1000 games completed in a single tournament template. Algorithm scores are a part of the prize enablement process and are not viewable in the Developer Console. If you would like to learn more about your score, then please email integrations@skillz.com.

If your game does not pass the Skillz algorithm test, check if your game has properly implemented Skillz Random Number Generator. If it is, and the problem still persists, then it’s recommended to re-examine the game mechanics and see if any changes can be made to increase the skill versus chance probability of a game. Examples of factors that could be re-examined are reducing random variables or adding mechanics to make scoring more varied between players of different skill levels.

The Most Recent Skillz SDK Integrated

A game must be on the most up-to-date SDK to become prize enabled. With every new SDK version, Skillz is building features that improve the player experience, decrease negative effects of known bugs, and help drive the overall performance of a game from a KPI perspective.

If a game does not become prize enabled due to being on an older SDK, then simply follow these instructions to upgrade to the newest SDK.

Free Of Bugs, Crashes & User Experience Errors

Skillz wants to ensure that a game is stable before coming prize enabled. Unexpected bugs and/or crashes result in a higher amount of aborted matches, which create a negative player experience and hurt the overall brand reputation of both Skillz and the game developer. If a game is rejected for having bugs, crashes or user experience errors, then it’s recommended to conduct a game iteration to resolve these issues before resubmitting. Check out our user experience and app design guidelines for related information.

A 4-Star Rating Or Above In The Appropriate Store

Part of the Skillz quality assurance process is to ensure that players enjoy playing well-functioning, fun, and polished games. As a low rating often indicates an issue within a game, Skillz will not prize enable any game that has lower than 4 stars in the appropriate app store. If your game currently has lower than 4 stars, then check out our blog How to Increase Your Mobile Game’s App Store Ranking.

No 3rd-Party Ads Before or After prize Tournaments

Any game that includes 3rd party ads after prize tournaments will not become prize enabled. 3rd party ads are disruptive to the player experience and can interfere with the overall gameplay and/or game behavior. 3rd party ads are not allowed for any Skillz game that is prize enabled. If your game is rejected for this reason, then please remove all 3rd party ads before resubmitting your game for prize enablement.

No Explicit Branding Or Marks In A Game, App Store Listing, Or Other Marketing Materials Without Explicit Permission From Skillz

While Skillz encourages game developers to market their game with competitive play and prizes, all marketing material should not utilize Skillz marketing assets or mention Skillz without explicit approval from Skillz. The reason for this requirement is that Skillz is a part of the game’s interface, but it is not supposed to be the star attraction.

Skillz highly encourages game developers to create custom themes within the Developer Console, that way your game stands out as unique from other Skillz-powered games. If you would like to request permission for utilizing the Skillz name or marketing assets, then please email skillz@integrations.com.

Available Resources For Becoming Prize-Enabled

Skillz very much believes in building out long-term partnerships with our developer partners. There are plenty of articles both in our documentation and on our blog to guide you through the prize-enablement process, along with providing best practices to improve your game performance. Additionally, if you have any questions regarding the prize enablement process, then please write to integrations@skillz.com and a Skillz game developer community manager will get back to you shortly.