SAN FRANCISCO, March 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, today announced its Winter Championship, the world's largest solitaire tournament. The upcoming event will more than double the amount awarded during the $100,000 Skillz Summer Championship in August 2018. The Winter Championship launches on March 13th in Solitaire Cube by Tether Studios.
Digital card games are projected to become a $2 billion industry by 2020 and have garnered considerable attention in the competitive gaming space. Blizzard's flagship card game Hearthstone recently announced reaching 100 million users. Valve, the developers of Dota 2 and Counter-Strike, recently released its first game in 5 years, a card game titled Artifact.
Although solitaire was created over 200 years ago, the classic card game continues to be one of the world's most popular and celebrated games. One of the finalists for the 2017 World Video Game Hall of Fame, Microsoft's Windows Solitaire continues to get updates to this day, with an estimated 55 million digital solitaire games being played each day.
"Solitaire has a global fan base rivaling the likes of top titles such as Hearthstone or Counter-Strike," says Andrew Paradise, CEO and founder of Skillz. "Skillz is providing the hundreds of millions of solitaire players around the world with a democratized platform on which to showcase their incredible talent."
The Skillz Summer Championship in August attracted over 42,000 solitaire competitors. Skillz expects nearly 70,000 people to register and participate in the $250,000 event, with 2,000 players taking home part of the prize pool. The first place winner will earn $25,000 in prizes.
Skillz, the leading mobile eSports platform, connects the world's 2.6 billion mobile gamers through competition. In 2018, Skillz was named to Entrepreneur Magazine's 100 Brilliant Companies, Forbes' Next Billion-Dollar Startups, and the Entrepreneur 360. Skillz has also been named the #1 fastest-growing private company in America by Inc. Magazine and a CNBC Disruptor 50. Over 18 million gamers use Skillz to compete in mobile games across 13,000+ 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.