Skillz has launched a mobile SDK to enable players to compete for real-money in skills-based gaming. This open beta Android software allows developers of skill-based titles to host cash competitions in 36 U.S. states, while free and virtual currency tournaments can be created worldwide.
“While mobile gaming continues to boom, game developers need innovative, yet complementary ways to monetize their content. 80 percent of mobile games revenue went to the top twenty development studios last year,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO and founder of Skillz. “Tournaments take mobile gaming to the next level by enhancing gameplay, making it more social and fun as players compete against each other. For developers, competitions translate into longer sessions, better user retention and increased revenue.”
The company is launching with support from ten game studios with a variety of different games. Skillz raised $1.3 million in seed capital from Atlas Venture, Nextview Ventures and angel investors late last year.