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The Top 25 Mobile eSports Cities in the U.S.

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Skillz Releases Data on Where the Most Skilled Players Live & Compete Across America

Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, today released data on where the most skilled players live in the United States. The study shows which cities’ residents rule over the top of the mobile eSports ecosystem, with Jacksonville, FL claiming the number one spot, followed by Chicago, IL and Nashville, TN rounding out the top three.

All 4 major U.S. regions were represented in the list, with 3 of the top 5 cities located in Florida alone, and the South claiming 14 of the top 25 rankings. The Midwest had a total of eight cities on the list, followed by the West with two cities and the Northeast with one.

Top players by eSports genre came from diverse areas of the country. The best Puzzle, Sports, and Match Three players hailed from Minneapolis, MNDallas, TX and Ninnescah, KS, respectively. Both the best Bubble Shooter and best Card players are from the state of New York.

“Skillz has a fantastic user base, and the games really allow you to show off your skills against other competitors,” says Travis Wood, a player hailing from the #26 ranked city of Appleton, Wisconsin. “The Ticketz system also has some great prizes to work toward, on top of the prize money I’ve won so far.”

The rankings for the top cities were calculated using the company’s patented skill rating systems, designed to provide players with fun, fair competition. The unique and comprehensive rating technology differentiates Skillz by collecting and analyzing over 50 data points per minute in real time during live gameplay. The Skillz platform has been built to enable a balanced tournament environment for players at every skill level.

“Exceptional athletes can come from any geography, and eSports competitors are no exception,” says Andrew Paradise, CEO and founder of Skillz. “Skillz empowers anyone to demonstrate that they are a champion, through the democratizing power of mobile gaming.”

With over four billion smartphones now in the hands of consumers and gamers currently spending half their playtime on phones, mobile has rapidly become the world’s primary gaming platform. Skillz has harnessed this trend and now runs more than two million tournaments a day. The company’s first mover advantage on mobile has established Skillz as the clear leader in the mobile gaming industry, which analysts now value at more than PC and console gaming combined. For more information on Skillz-enabled games and implementing mobile eSports competitions, visit www.skillz.com or email launch@skillz.com.

 

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Proposed Gambling Reforms Not Seem to Resonate Well in Ukraine, President Zelensky’s Ratings Down

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A recent public poll conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology has revealed that the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky’s rating is down from 73% to 52% in just two months. Not-in-favour ratings also jumped from 7% to 19% in November. The series of reforms proposed by the president seems to have played against him.

President Zelensky has been a strong proponent of legalising gambling and recently Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers approved the government’s new Action Programme. The programme included a draft law which calls for the legalisation of gambling in the country.

The draft gambling law also calls for gambling operators to pay a license fee of UAH 38m for operating a casino in Kiev, UAH 25m for a casino in one of the four other cities with a population of a million or more and UAH 12.5m for a casino anywhere else.

The president speaking in favour of the gambling reforms has advocated that with regulated gambling markets there will be a decline in illegal gambling and also the funds received in tax from gambling operations would provide for social programmes.

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Survey Reveals More Than 50% of English People Gambled in 2018

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The Health Survey for England 2018 has revealed that more than half of people aged 16 or older in England gambled at some point during last year. The results of the survey also showed that millions of people are overweight, drink too much alcohol, eat badly or fail to do enough exercise.

The survey showed that 53% of people had gambled in 2018, which included buying a lottery ticket, with 56% of men reporting that they had gambled against 49% of women. While the figures have fallen in recent years, the chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, issued a warning not to infer the problems that gambling present had gone away.

“These new stats are a stark reminder of how common gambling is in our society and how easy it is to become addicted, particularly with the aggressive push into online gambling,” Stevens said.

“The NHS never stands still as health needs change, which is why we’re rolling out new specialist services to tackle mental ill health linked to gambling addiction, as part of our long-term plan. But it is high time that all these firms who spend many millions on marketing and advertising step up to the plate and take their responsibilities seriously,” Stevens added.

For this year’s study, 8178 adults and 2072 children (aged up to 15) were interviewed from households across England.

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GFINITY ARENA TO HOST NBA 2K LEAGUE EUROPEAN INVITATIONAL DEC. 13-14 IN LONDON

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WHAT:

  • The NBA 2K League, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. and the first official esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league, will host the NBA 2K League European Invitational, the league’s first-ever qualifying event in Europe.
  • The two-day event will be held at Gfinity Arena in London – home to some of the U.K.’s leading esports events – and will feature 20 of the best NBA 2K players from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey and the U.K.
  • The event, which will identify several elite players who will become eligible for the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft, will see players competing over two days of gameplay, including scrimmages and a double-elimination tournament, and participating in interviews with league representatives and team managers. The double-elimination tournament on Dec. 14 will be livestreamed on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels.

 

WHO:

  • Twenty of the best NBA 2K players from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey and the U.K.
  • NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue
  • Knicks Gaming center and U.K. native Harry “HazzaUK” Hurst

 

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 13 – Saturday, Dec. 14; Media can attend during the following times:

  • Friday, Dec. 13 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Scrimmages
  • Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Double-elimination tournament
  • NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue media availability – Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • European Invitational players and Harry “HazzaUK” Hurst media availability – Friday, Dec. 13 from 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 from 7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:

  • Gfinity Arena

Unit 13 Fulham Broadway Retail Centre

Fulham Road London SW6 1DN

 

CREDENTIALS/TICKET INFORMATION:

  • Fans can attend for free by registering at https://n2kleuropeaninvitational.splashthat.com/.
  • Media are welcome to attend; Interview opportunities are available with players, coaches and executives.
  • Interview requests outside of the designated media availability will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis onsite.
  • Media must RSVP to Ignasi Castello (icastello@nba.com) and Cath Shefford (cshefford@nba.com).

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