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Skillzians Attend Oakland Intel® Extreme Masters Tournament!

As employees of a successful eSports company, it’s no surprise that Skillzians flocked to a recent tournament as part of Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM), the longest running pro gaming tour in the world, to spectate and enjoy some exciting eSports competitions.

Considered one of the most prestigious international tournaments in the industry, IEM features the world’s top eSports teams facing off in popular titles including “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.” Through IEM, fans have the opportunity to witness their favorite players compete live against one another in their favorite games. This year, one of the tour’s stops happened to be right here in the Bay Area: Oakland’s Oracle Arena, home of NBA champs the Golden State Warriors!


Skillzians at IEM

Screenshots of David’s Snapchat takeover at IEM.

One of the Skillzians in attendance was David Padawer, an iOS engineering co-op from Northeastern University. David provided our followers with real-time insights into the event via our official Snapchat account (@skillz_games). Here are some highlights from his Snapchat takeover:


“IEM was an awesome experience,” recalls David. “The stadium was filled with thousands of eSports fanatics, and I almost lost my voice cheering for team Corn Shuckers in ‘PUBG.’ They were the only team not backed by a big organization, and I like to root for the underdog.”

In the end, it was team against All authority that won the $60,000 grand prize in “PUBG,” and after an intense six hours, Ninjas in Pyjamas took home the $125,000 prize in “CS:GO.”

Think you would enjoy attending eSports tournaments like this with your co-workers? Check out our careers page to see if you could be a good fit for our team! Also, be sure to follow @skillz_games on Snapchat for more behind-the-scenes glimpses into life at Skillz!