Skillz launches cross platform esports system

Mobile esports company Skillz has announced the launch of the first ever cross­-platform multiplayer system for mobile games.

This will ensure that players on Android and iOS systems are able to compete against one another in the 150,000 daily competitions currently available on Skillz. Games include Strike! Real Money Bowling, Mini Golf Stars and plenty more.

At the time of writing the site has paid out over $21m (£15m) and the number of players is growing daily. There are at present seven million registered players and over 1,100 developer partners. In 2015, Skillz paid out over 20% of the $80m (£56m)  awarded across all eSports, according to data from eSportsEarnings.com.

Andrew Paradise, Skillz CEO
Andrew Paradise, Skillz CEO

Skillz CEO Andrew Paradise said of the announcement: “As eSports achieve mainstream adoption, multiplayer competitions should be accessible to all 2.1 billion mobile gamers worldwide.”

He added: “Just like the AFL – NFL merger in 1966, or the ABA -­ NBA merger in 1976, we are unifying the competitive ecosystems of the two most popular mobile eSports platforms. This is a seminal moment in the future of sports.”

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