SAN FRANCISCO, July 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Lima Sky, the creator of Doodle Jump, today announced the impending launch of a competitive eSports league. The famed game developer also disclosed the selection of San Francisco-based Skillz as its official technology partner for the launch. The Skillz Tournament Management System will be used to organize, officiate and broadcast both player and brand-sponsored tournaments, along with multi-thousand person physical and virtual events.
With more than 200 million downloads, a successful merchandise line and critical acclaim as one of the greatest mobile games of all time, Doodle Jump is well positioned to transcend the world of games and become a bonafide sport.
"There are three key elements for a game to become a sport: players, leagues and spectators." said Skillz CEO Andrew Paradise. "Doodle Jump already has hundreds of millions of players and a ravenous fan base. With Skillz, it will now have organized, broadcasted tournaments and competitive leagues to transform it into a full-fledged eSport."
Doodle Jump was first released over seven years ago, and it quickly became an international hit. The now iconic game has proven its staying power during an era of intense competition in mobile gaming. Doodle Jump currently has more than 10 million monthly players, which is roughly equivalent to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, one of the most popular eSports of all time.
Lima Sky COO Matt Turetzky likened the forthcoming eSports league to the original announcement of Season One by Riot Games. "When League of Legends announced Season One in 2010, it was a seminal moment for eSports. It was the moment when a hugely popular game crossed over into being a sport. That's what we believe we can create here."
Doodle Jump has received both an Apple Design award and the Google Play Best of 2015 award. It has been called one of the top 100 iPhone games of all time. Doodle Jump has also been featured prominently in pop culture, appearing in episodes of award-winning television shows like The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Recreation, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
About Lima Sky
Lima Sky, creators of the bestselling Doodle Jump, is an award-winning video game and app development studio. It was founded in July 2008 by Igor Pusenjak, a graduate and faculty at the MFA interactive design program at Parsons School of Design in New York, and Marko Pusenjak, a veteran mobile applications developer. As one of the world's leading independent publishers, Lima Sky is dedicated to creating entertaining and innovative games across multiple platforms.
Skillz is the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, having hosted more than 70 million tournaments for players in over 180 countries. Skillz allows game developers to seamlessly integrate eSports competitions into any mobile game, making eSports accessible to the world's 2.1 billion mobile gamers. As the eSports provider for over 1,600 game studios, Skillz accounted for more than 20% of all eSports prizes awarded in 2015. Founded in 2012, Skillz has offices in San Francisco and Boston and has raised over $28 million in funding from investors including the owners of the New England Patriots, Milwaukee Bucks and New York Mets. To learn more, visit www.skillz.com.