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Skillz Launches $100,000 eSports Tournament

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Leading Mobile eSports Platform Powers World’s Largest Solitaire Competition

SAN FRANCISCOAug. 8, 2018 – Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, announced today the largest solitaire tournament in history. The event, which kicks off on August 9 in Solitaire Cube by Tether Studios, will feature a $100,000 prize pool. The company expects over 40,000 competitors to participate, with first place taking home $10,000.

“The popularity of solitaire made it a natural fit for Skillz, a platform that makes eSports accessible to everyone,” said Tim O’Neil, CEO of Tether Studios. “When we built Solitaire Cube, we never imagined we would one day host the largest competition in the most popular game of all time.”

Solitaire, also known as ‘patience,’ is one of the most popular video games in history. Microsoft’s Windows Solitaire was a 2017 finalist for the World Video Game Hall of Fame, with over 100 million unique players. Mobile versions of solitaire have been even more popular, with over 17 million people playing solitaire games every day according to data from App Annie. That makes solitaire more than 7 times as popular as the hit game Fortnite, which has 2.4 million daily active mobile players according to App Annie.

The upcoming Skillz event will not only be solitaire’s largest tournament by total prizes, but will also be among the eSports industry’s most inclusive with the top 1,000 players earning a piece of the prize pool. The unequal distribution of eSports prizes recently garnered industry attention when the winner of EVO’s Super Smash Bros. Melee competition redistributed his earnings to lower finishers in protest of the event’s prize splits.

“In keeping with our mission, we designed this event to be accessible to everyone,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO and founder of Skillz. “Only 24 teams had the opportunity to win prizes in the League of Legends World Championship, but for a game like solitaire with billions of players, the tournament structure needs to be more inclusive.”

Solitaire Cube is available for download on both iOS and Android devices. For more information on Skillz-enabled games and implementing mobile eSports competitions, visit www.skillz.com or email launch@skillz.com.

About Skillz
Skillz, the leading mobile eSports platform, connects the world’s 2.6 billion mobile gamers through competition. In 2017, Skillz was named the #1 fastest-growing private company in America by Inc. Magazine, the first eSports company on CNBC’s Disruptor 50, and the only eSports company on the San Francisco Business Times Fast 100. Over 15 million gamers use Skillz to compete in mobile games across 8,000+ game studios. Founded in 2012, Skillz is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by leading venture capitalists as well as the owners of the New England Patriots, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Mets and Sacramento Kings. To learn more, visit www.skillz.com.

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Esports organisation Fnatic signs sponsorship deal with smartphone maker OnePlus

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UK-based eSports developer Fnatic has signed a sponsorship agreement with smartphone make OnePlus. As per the agreement, OnePlus will be a jersey sponsor and OnePlus will replace “Fnatic” on the front of jerseys.

This is Fnatic’s first playing jersey sponsorship deal in its 14-year history.

The tenure of the deal is not yet confirmed, but it is believed to be a “long-term” sponsorship deal. Designs for the jerseys were revealed at the organisation’s “Legends in Action Live” event in Berlin.

The event also served as a way for fans to get to know Fnatic’s League of Legends roster before the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) begins on January 19. Fnatics is one of 10 teams to take part in the LEC in its first year since being rebranded from the European LoL Championship Series.

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Kia teams up with League of Legends

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Kia Motors Corp., South Korea’s No. 2 carmaker and part of Hyundai Motor Group, is going to team up with the megahit online game “League of Legends” (LoL) to support a tournament in Europe. The automobile company has signed a deal with Riot Games, the producer of League of Legends. As per the deal, Kia will be the sole sponsor from the automobile segment for the European league championship.

The multiplayer online battle arena game has some 150 million users logging on every month and is one of the most popular e-games in the world at present. Its 14 leagues, which are run every year, attract huge numbers of players and viewers, and generate considerable publicity.

Kia, in particular, said the European league drew in some 81 million viewers in the 2018 season.

Under the official partner contract, the South Korean carmaker can display its corporate logo, secure tickets that can allow people to watch the game live and set up its own booth at the championship game.

“The LoL agreement is a good opportunity for Kia to get young people to become better aware of the Kia brand and better communicate with the company,” a corporate representative said.

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Cloud9 Welcomes New Partner Puma For 2019 LCS Spring Split

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Cloud9 announced a thrilling new partnership with PUMA for Cloud9’s North American League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS) team for Spring Split. The signing is the largest esports deal to date for PUMA, and is also a milestone, being a first-of-its-kind apparel partnership for Cloud9.

With this agreement, PUMA becomes the Official Apparel and the Official game-day Pants and Shoes provider of the Cloud9 LCS team. The LCS team now joins other elite organizations such as AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Scuderia Ferrari and Red Bull Racing, in being proud PUMA partners. Viewers worldwide will see Sneaky, Licorice, and all members of the LCS rosters in premiere PUMA gear week in and week out.

“Esports are becoming increasingly popular with our consumers, so this is a very exciting deal for us,” said Adam Petrick, PUMA’s Global Director of Marketing. “Cloud9 is poised to have a great LCS season, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it. We look forward to working with the Cloud9 team to make sure their players look as stylish off-stage as they do on-stage.”

“We can’t think of a better way to kick off 2019 than with this incredible apparel partnership with PUMA,” said Jack Etienne, Cloud9 CEO & Owner. “PUMA is recognized throughout the world, and having Cloud9 join PUMA’s roster of cultural phenomenon denotes an exciting new chapter for our organization. All of us are looking forward to what we’ll create with this partnership, and how good we’ll look while doing it.”

 

About PUMA:

PUMA is one of the world’s leading sports brands, designing, developing, selling and marketing footwear, apparel and accessories. For 70 years, PUMA has relentlessly pushed sport and culture forward by creating fast products for the world’s fastest athletes. PUMA offers performance and sport-inspired lifestyle products in categories such as Football, Running and Training, Basketball, Golf, and Motorsports. It collaborates with renowned designers and brands to bring sport influences into street culture and fashion.

The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Cobra Golf and Dobotex. The company distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs more than 13,000 people worldwide, and is headquartered in Herzogenaurach/Germany.

 

About Cloud9:

Founded in 2013, Cloud9 has grown to become one of the most recognizable esports organizations in the world. With championships industry-wide, unmatched viewership hours, and extensive benefits packages for players and staff, Cloud9 prides itself on being the best in all categories. At this time, Cloud9 fields professional teams in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Fortnite, Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros Melee, Clash Royale, Rules of Survival, Rocket League, and PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. To find more information about Cloud9, visit https://www.cloud9.gg.

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