Skillz Announces World’s Largest Solitaire Tournament in History
Is Solitare an esport? According to the mobile gaming platform Skillz, it is. Skills announced the launch of the world’s largest solitaire tournament in history this week. The version of the loneliest card game to be used in the tournament is Solitaire Cube by Tether Studios. A $100,000 in prize money is up for grabs.
According to data from App Annie, solitaire is among the most popular mobile games in the world. It boasts seven-times as many players as the battle royale phenomenon Fortnite and entertains around 2.4 million mobile players per day.
Tether and Skillz anticipate a field of over 40,000 mobile players to participate. The first place prize is $10,000. If they are right, the tournament will not only be the largest solitaire competition in terms of prize money, but also the most inclusive event in the history of esports.
The inclusiveness is two-fold, Solitaire Cube appeals equally to both genders and people of all ages. The tournament will also pay out to more players – the top 1,000 participants will make it in the money. Skillz CEO Andrew Paradise said the payout structure is important for a game like solitaire, which has billions of players.
The tournament kicks off today, August 9, for players on both iOS and Android devices. The Skillz platform runs smaller competitions in a wide variety of popular mobile games daily. Players are required to make a deposit on the platform in order to compete, and winners typically earn prizes of $1 or more.