There’s a $100K solitaire tournament !

Aug 9, 2018


Mobile esports startup Skillz is hosting a $100,000 Solitaire Cube tournament., the largest solitaire tournament ever hosted

Players can participate in the tournament on the Skillz app, where they’ll play Solitaire Cube, a “modern version of the classic” game.

Skillz thinks 40,000 players will sign up for the tournament, hoping for a chance to win the $10,000 first prize.

Tether Studios CEO Tim O’Neil “The popularity of solitaire made it a natural fit for Skillz, a platform that makes esports accessible to everyone. When we built Solitaire Cube, we never imagined we would one day host the largest competition in the most popular game of all time.”

More popular than Fortnite?

Mobile tracking platform App Annie reported that 17 million people play solitaire online every day, which Skillz says makes the card game more popular than Fortnite.

The prize pool will be spread across the top 1,000 players. It was important for the solitaire tournament to be inclusive of winners, since the game is so widely-played. Skillz did not breakdown the prize pool, however.

Skillz CEO Andrew Paradise : “In keeping with our mission, we designed this event to be accessible to everyone. Only 24 teams had the opportunity to win prizes in the League of Legends World Championship, but for a game like solitaire with billions of players, the tournament structure needs to be more inclusive.”

Skillz’ Club Solitaire prize pool is spread across 1,000 players, but the majority of the money will be awarded for the top 20. Folks that have placed between first and 10th will earn at least $2,000—it starts at $10,000 for first and scales down from there. From 11th to 20th, players will earn at least $1,000. Places 50 to 1,000 earn a range of $250 to $1.

Players can join the tournament through the app, which is downloadable on iOS and Android devices.