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Skillz 2018 Year in Review

As we wrap up 2018 and prepare for the new year, we’re looking back fondly on the last 12 months! Read on to see our top highlights of 2018, a record-breaking year for Skillz.

We achieved immense growth across all aspects of our business: doubling our revenue run-rate (not once, but twice), increasing our employee headcount, advancing our cutting-edge eSports technology by securing two new patents, to partnering with hundreds of new game developers to release new games that utilize our eSports technology.

Skillz also won three elite awards this year: being named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Companies of 2018, one of Forbes Next Billion-Dollar Startups, and just last week being named to the Entrepreneur 360 list, which recognizes the best privately-owned companies in America.

Our SVP of Engineering, Miriam Aguirre, also won the Timmy Award for Best Tech Manager and delivered an inspiring acceptance speech at the award ceremony!

Our annual company offsite, which took place this year at a beautiful resort in Santa Cruz, gave us an opportunity to relax, bond, celebrate our team wins, and discuss our ambitious plans for the future – complete with activities including a competitive trivia night and a banquet on the beach!

Also of note this year, our executives spoke at over 25 different gaming and technology conferences, including GDC, TwitchCon, Mobile World Congress Americas, Inc. GrowCo, and SXSW! We also took the stage at many diversity and inclusion conferences, including Lesbians Who Tech and Tech Inclusion.

Our CEO even appeared on broadcast television shows including Bloomberg TV and NBC Bay Area to discuss all things Skillz and eSports!

On the software side we released our largest SDK update yet, Mercury, making our games even more engaging for players and more lucrative for developers. We even launched our first game developer competition, Indie Ignite, for developers interested in benefiting from eSports.

To honor our commitment to diversity, we signed the Parity Pledge, which commits Skillz to interviewing at least one qualified woman for every open executive role of VP or above. We are the first gaming company to take the pledge to help make the gaming industry more inclusive for women.

In 2018 we also partnered with Susan G. Komen to run the largest charity tournament in mobile eSports history, benefiting breast cancer research. Through this, we enabled our users to enjoy playing their favorite Skillz-powered games while giving back to this important cause!  

Finally, we capped off the year with spectacular holiday parties for both our San Francisco and Portland offices!  

2018 was truly one for the books, and we look forward to continuing to further our company mission in the coming year. If you’re interested in joining a team full of passionate, motivated, and fun-loving people, head to our careers page – we’re hiring!