Skillz: A History Lesson

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As Skillz tournaments start popping up in your favorite games, we thought now might be a good time to take a look back through history to see just how we got here. With Skillz, two or more players can choose to pay an entry fee and then compete in a mobile game of skill, with… Read more »

The Evolution of eSports: Why Mobile is Next to Go Pro

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Last year’s tournament championship for battle video game Defense of the Ancients 2 starred athletes who were making up to seven figures, gave away $2.8 million in total prize money, and was sponsored by Red Bull and Coke. More than a third of the number of people who watched that year’s World Series tuned in… Read more »

Everything You Need to Know About the Nintendo Debate


Nintendo is facing enormous losses for its third year in a row, and everybody seems to have something to say about it. Even Jimmy Fallon poked fun at the legends behind Mario last night, joking that they had “slipped on a banana peel and lost all their coins.” There are many conflicting opinions about what… Read more »

  • 5 Places to Spot a Mobile Gamer


    Considering that 50% of the time people spend on their mobile phones is spent gaming, it’s quite likely that you are currently in the midst of a gamer at this very moment. Just in case you’re not, here are 5 places where you are sure to spot a not-so-rare mobile gamer at large: The Subway:… Read more »

  • Inside the Skillz Team: Zack


    In this edition of Inside the Skillz Team we introduce you to Zack, our turtle-loving mobile gaming engineer who has an affinity for Bill Murray and punk rock.  If you were a utensil, which one would you be and why? I would be a spoon, because I don’t let anything slip through the cracks. I… Read more »

  • Inside the Skillz Team: Kyle

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    We decided to ask our Grand Wizard of the Server Realm…errr…tournament server engineer, Kyle, a few questions to get to know him better. Here’s what Kyle had to say: What’s your favorite video game? My favorite video game has to be Starcraft. There is no question for me in this regard. I have played more… Read more »

  • Ready, Set, Play! A Post-Launch Recap of Skillz


    Skillz came out of stealth-mode on April 30th, becoming the first company to enable betting in mobile games in the U.S. After one month, we are taking a few moments to reflect on all the progress we have made. Here’s what we’ve been up to over the past few weeks: Players Can’t Get Enough After… Read more »

  • Lookout! Skillz is Now Live!


    After almost a year of hard work, I’m proud to announce that Lookout Gaming is officially coming out of stealth mode and going forward will be called Skillz. Skillz is the world’s first cash tournament system for mobile games. We enable players worldwide to compete for bragging rights, and those players in the U.S. to… Read more »

  • The Startup Job Hunter’s Checklist


    Deciding on which startup to work for is never an easy decision. I wrote a post awhile back that shares a few things that job hunters should look for when considering what kind of company to join. I’ve been wanting to write a follow up post that offers more specifics because hiring is such an… Read more »

  • 5 Things You Can’t Help Competing In (That Are N...


    Here at Lookout Gaming, we’re not one to shy away from a little competition. Every day usually starts and ends with a video game challenge among the team; it’s a perk of working in the industry. When you think about it, games are supposed to reveal your character. Watch a person play a game of… Read more »

  • Not Just Hype: The Rise of Indie Game Developers


    With the explosive growth of mobile gaming, it’s no surprise that indie game development is all the rage right now. In a survey of 2,500 developers polled in the Game Developers’ Conference 2013 “State of the Industry”, more than half of the respondents identified themselves as indie developers. This represents an exciting trend when you… Read more »

  • 65 Mobile Gaming Stats to Impress Your Friends


    We love mobile games and we’re pretty fond of numbers too. But when we surveyed the web for stats on mobile gaming trends, we quickly realized that there wasn’t anywhere where all this goodness was stored in one place. So here it is, a whole lot of stats on the mobile gaming industry that will… Read more »

  • How Video Game Business Models Impact Game Design


    When was the last time you sat somewhere public without noticing a person playing a video game on their phone? Funny to think that not too long ago, that gamer would have been limited to playing Snake on his or her Nokia 6110. Today, with thousands of titles to pick from, how do you even… Read more »