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Skillz Life — June Update

It’s been a productive second quarter at Skillz, from piloting our first company-wide Day of Service to scaling our team by 17% in just three months. We also launched a year-long partnership with the American Cancer Society to activate our 18 million mobile players in the fight against cancer. Additionally, we made the exclusive CNBC Disruptor 50 list (for the second time). Check out more top highlights from the last quarter below! 

We attended noteworthy industry events, including Mobile Apps Unlocked Las Vegas, FanVest SF, Women of Silicon Valley, and E3. Through these conferences, we have the unique opportunity to build connections with the most innovative game developers and potential business partners in the space. And most importantly, we are able to share our integral role in advancing an exciting new era of interactive entertainment.

CNBC recognized Skillz as the top esports disruptor on its annual Disruptor 50 list. We earned additional praise from the NASDAQ, which showcased a congratulatory ad for Skillz on its Times Square billboard. 

This quarter, three Skillzians were honored with Stevie Awards from the American Business Awards. Over 3,800 people were considered for the 2019 awards, which honor achievements and positive contributions to their company and field.

During our Day of Service, we volunteered at six reputable organizations who provide essential services for individuals across the Bay Area. Investing in our community is a moral imperative, and we’re always looking for more ways to help Skillz give back to those who need it most.

Skillzians enjoyed a beautiful and relaxing day playing games in Golden Gate Park during our annual summer barbecue. Fresh food and beverages were provided, and some employees even brought their furry companions! 

We envision a world where everyone plays mobile games, and we need people of all backgrounds and experiences to help us build it. This quarter, we celebrated the instrumental role of the Women of Skillz. Our Portland team kicked off its first quarterly Women of Skillz lunch, and our Women of Skillz in SF gathered for afternoon tea. Both groups shared delicious food, impeccable company, and important themes around women in the workplace. 

We also welcomed many new Skillzians to the team this quarter, and some familiar faces from our co-op program were converted to full-time employees! We’re excited to continue building our organization, as every person plays an integral role in the current and future success of making gaming better by enabling fair competition for everyone, everywhere. 

Finally, we announced a new partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS), featuring a series of charity esports tournaments to support the fight against cancer. The first tournament runs this weekend (June 29 and June 30), and Skillz will donate 100% of its revenue for every match played. Skillz is providing a new way for non-profits like ACS to engage a wider, younger, and mobile-first donor network. Together, we’re harnessing the power of the gaming community and modern technology to tackle persistent health challenges like cancer.

Stay tuned for our next update on all things Skillz, and head to our careers page if you’d like to join the company driving the future of entertainment. Together, we’re accelerating the convergence of sports, video games and media for a rapidly expanding mobile-first audience worldwide.