Heads up, mobile game makers: cash prize platform Skillz, which lets you accept and pay out real money, has rolled out support for cross-platform tournaments between Android and iOS devices.
While mobile games like Real Money Pool and Sink It! Real Money Beer Pong have been using Skillz’ tech to run real-money competitions for some time, developers may appreciate this new cross-platform functionality’s potential to bolster the audience and appeal of such competitions.
In a press release the company described this as the “first ever crossplatform multiplayer system” for mobile games and suggested it might significantly increase interest in mobile games played competitively, as eSports.
While that remains to be seen, it’s notable in light of the fact that the vast majority of game developers surveyed for the most recent GDC State of the Industry report said they now believe eSports are a long-term viable business.
Skillz seeks to style itself a leader in the mobile end of that nascent market, having raised $28 million as of last September as it seeks to position itself as offering “eSports for everyone” via mobile games with cash payouts.