employees. As of June, there were 50, and Paradise says headcount could
double by year-end. Skillz’ games are currently played in 180 countries and
available in nine languages. “Other competitors do some of what we do, but
we have the most developed technology platform,” says Paradise, noting the
company has five patents and 12 more pending.
Expect Skillz to amp up competition with more online endeavors.
Paradise says it’s working on a competitive running app with augmented
reality features. The company will likely support tournaments for educational apps, too. “Multiple parent-teacher associations have contacted
us about that,” he says. Meanwhile, a stock trading app developer wants
Skillz to create user competitions. Although Paradise’s gaming passion
helped launch Skillz, the company’s technology may ultimately extend
far beyond esports. “Even for us, video gaming is not the be-all, end-all,”
he says. “The broad vision of the company is really to become the multiplayer social fabric across all apps.” //
S.A. Swanson is a business writer based in the Chicago area who frequently