ERRY BRUCKHEIMER JOINS BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR SKILLZ MOBILE ESPORTS PLATFORM
Jerry Bruckheimer, film producer behind the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and other Hollywood tentpoles, has joined the board of directors for Skillz, the mobile esports platform.
“Jerry has a unique ability to create blockbuster experiences that captivate global audiences and enrich the lives of billions of people,” said Andrew Paradise, Skillz founder and CEO. “With Skillz, Jerry will have an interactive canvas to reach and engage his biggest audience yet.”
This is the first time Bruckheimer has accepted a position on a public company board. Skillz arrived on the New York Stock Exchange on Dec. 17, making it the first publicly traded mobile esports platform.
“Skillz puts the excitement and competitive drama of esports into the hands of billions of people around the world,” said Bruckheimer. “I’m excited to join the company defining the future of interactive entertainment.”
Bruckheimer is familiar with the gaming industry. He served on the board of directors for privately held Zenimax Media, the creator behind gaming franchises Doom, Fallout and Elder Scrolls. Last September, Microsoft wholly acquired Zenimax for $7.5 billion.
The mobile gaming industry is now almost twice the size of the movie industry in terms of revenue and is expected to more than double that number by 2025, surpassing $150 billion in global revenue.
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PARIS, FRANCE – JANUARY 06: Jerry Bruckheimer attends the “Bad Boys For Life” photocall at Terrasse Du Cafe de l’Homme