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Skillz Takes on Casual Connect USA 2018!

Some people go to Disneyland to experience the magic, however fellow Skillzians had a slightly different agenda in Anaheim.

Skillz Takes on Casual Connect USA 2018!
Skillzians enjoying a well-deserved meal!

Last week, Skillz CEO and founder Andrew Paradise was joined by members of our Developer Relations team at Casual Connect USA in Anaheim, CA at the Disneyland Hotel!


Skillz Takes on Casual Connect USA 2018!
Manager of Enterprise Sales Soojee Hahn, Account Executive Michael Tseng, with Enterprise Account Executive Elena Provine on the Casual Connect show floor representing Skillz

This annual conference, hosted by the Casual Games Association, brings together up-and-coming gaming innovations with industry influencers and developers. The goal of the conference it to create meaningful partnerships, as well as connect passionate individuals within the industry. This year, Skillzians noticed that eSports were a hot topic among attendees!

“It was exciting to feel the energy associated with the growth of competitive online gaming at the conference, with eSports as a prevalent theme across a number of sessions,” said Chris Coppe, Skillz Enterprise Account Executive. “There was also a cool blend of established studios and indie game developers represented, each with unique visions for their games.”

While our Developer Relations team was busy meeting with game developers and sharing the news about our disruptive mobile eSports platform, Andrew participated on a panel with other industry leaders entitled “The Future of eSports and Business Opportunities.”

Skillz Takes on Casual Connect USA 2018!Skillz Takes on Casual Connect USA 2018!From left to right:
Mona Ibrahim (Senior Associate, Interactive Entertainment Law Group)
Andrew Paradise (CEO and Founder, Skillz Inc.)
Ari Segal (President, Immortals)
Robb Chiarini (Head of eSports, Ubisoft)

Andrew and his fellow speakers provided insightful strategies for developers that will help them succeed in the booming eSports market, and offered their expert perspectives on where the investment opportunities are within the burgeoning eSports industry.

During the conference, Skillzians had a jam-packed schedule meeting people, attending informative lectures, and learning about new technologies that are making an impact in eSports and gaming. As a leader in the mobile eSports, Skillz received overwhelming interest during the conference.

“What sets us apart from others in the mobile space is that Skillz is able to provide a meaningful revenue stream for developers that truly enhances the user experience,” said Jackie Yang, Enterprise Account Executive.

Skillz Takes on Casual Connect USA 2018! Skillz Takes on Casual Connect USA 2018!
Booths and demos showcasing the latest games, trends and technologies

Our Developer Relations team worked hard, and had a great time establishing relationships with different studios and game designers who are passionate about creating fun, dynamic video games.

“The ‘Magic Kingdom’ indeed – where else does one see Mickey, Minnie and Mario under one roof?!” commented Elena Provine, Enterprise Account Executive. “We received very strong feedback from leading developers about their excitement in Skillz technology, as well as tangible interest in the transformative role Skillz plays in bringing competitive tournament-based play to mobile.”

Casual Connect USA was a huge success and we are already looking forward to the next industry conference! You can read more event recaps, culture pieces, and Skillz news on our blog, and check out Skillz-powered games at

Skillz Takes on Casual Connect USA 2018! Skillz Takes on Casual Connect USA 2018!
(Left) Elena hanging out with Goofy
(Right) Soojee and Michael smiling with Minnie Mouse