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The Top 25 Mobile eSports Cities in the U.S.

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Skillz Releases Data on Where the Most Skilled Players Live & Compete Across America

Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, today released data on where the most skilled players live in the United States. The study shows which cities’ residents rule over the top of the mobile eSports ecosystem, with Jacksonville, FL claiming the number one spot, followed by Chicago, IL and Nashville, TN rounding out the top three.

All 4 major U.S. regions were represented in the list, with 3 of the top 5 cities located in Florida alone, and the South claiming 14 of the top 25 rankings. The Midwest had a total of eight cities on the list, followed by the West with two cities and the Northeast with one.

Top players by eSports genre came from diverse areas of the country. The best Puzzle, Sports, and Match Three players hailed from Minneapolis, MNDallas, TX and Ninnescah, KS, respectively. Both the best Bubble Shooter and best Card players are from the state of New York.

“Skillz has a fantastic user base, and the games really allow you to show off your skills against other competitors,” says Travis Wood, a player hailing from the #26 ranked city of Appleton, Wisconsin. “The Ticketz system also has some great prizes to work toward, on top of the prize money I’ve won so far.”

The rankings for the top cities were calculated using the company’s patented skill rating systems, designed to provide players with fun, fair competition. The unique and comprehensive rating technology differentiates Skillz by collecting and analyzing over 50 data points per minute in real time during live gameplay. The Skillz platform has been built to enable a balanced tournament environment for players at every skill level.

“Exceptional athletes can come from any geography, and eSports competitors are no exception,” says Andrew Paradise, CEO and founder of Skillz. “Skillz empowers anyone to demonstrate that they are a champion, through the democratizing power of mobile gaming.”

With over four billion smartphones now in the hands of consumers and gamers currently spending half their playtime on phones, mobile has rapidly become the world’s primary gaming platform. Skillz has harnessed this trend and now runs more than two million tournaments a day. The company’s first mover advantage on mobile has established Skillz as the clear leader in the mobile gaming industry, which analysts now value at more than PC and console gaming combined. For more information on Skillz-enabled games and implementing mobile eSports competitions, visit www.skillz.com or email launch@skillz.com.

 

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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Jamie Skella becomes Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer of Esports Mogul

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Jamie Skella becomes Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer of Esports Mogul
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Esports Mogul, the eSports tournament and media company based in Australia, has roped in Jamie Skella as its Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer.

Skella will lead the operations for the business and focus on new strategic product initiatives to enhance the operations in Australia and South East Asia.

Skella had been a Counter-Strike player for Pantheon. He now owns an Australian esports bar, GG EZ Bar. He has worked as Head of User Experience for Australian Football League and Chief Product Officer of Horizon State.

Gernot Abl, Managing Director of Esports Mogul discussed the new hire in a statement: “The alignment between Mogul’s business and Jamie’s breadth of experience in esports, digital product, and startups, seems almost uncanny. I don’t think the fit could be more perfect. I’m excited that his arrival is one that is able to deliver value to all corners of the operation and help realise our enormous potential.”

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NBA 2K League partners with Champion athletic apparel

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Ahead of the 2019 NBA 2K League Draft, which is scheduled on March 5 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., the NBA 2K League has signed multiyear partnership with Champion Athleticwear. As per the agreement, the sportswear company will serve as the league’s official outfitter.

Champion will offer the NBA 2K League’s 21 teams game uniforms as well as warmup, travel and practice apparel. In-game avatars will also be outfitted in Champion-branded uniforms. Throughout the season, Champion will provide apparel for marquee events like the NBA 2K League Draft Clash, in-season tournaments and the NBA 2K League Finals. Starting today, fans can purchase NBA 2K League merchandise on Champion.com.

“We are thrilled to have an iconic brand like Champion as our official outfitter,” said NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue. “Champion’s authentic designs and innovative products make them a great partner for the league, and we can’t wait to see our teams compete in their new uniforms this season.”

“The need for esports apparel is quickly evolving and Champion is pleased to be an integral part of this historical opportunity,” said Champion Group President-Global Activewear Jon Ram. “Being the official outfitters for the NBA 2K League is an exciting and pivotal opportunity for Champion to continue our evolution and expansion to outfit teams within the esports and traditional sports communities. Together we can push the boundaries and bring esports to a wider audience.”

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China declares eSports as a profession

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China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (CMHRSS) has officially recognised esports as a profession. The new professions “esports operator” and “esports professional” are included in the 15 new professions approved by the government.
The other professions in the list include AI engineer, big data engineer and drone pilot.

CMHRSS defines “esports operators” as those who organise esports events or produce esports content, as well as those who increase the commercial value of esports through promotion and marketing.

“Esports professionals” are considered those who compete in tournaments, perform in events, or train with other professionals. It can also refer to those who analyse games or assist with training.

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