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NFL invests in mobile gaming platform Skillz

The National Football League’s strategic investment arm, 32 Equity, has made an undisclosed investment in competitive mobile games platform Skillz.

The league will join owners from the NFL’s New England Patriots, as well as Major League Baseball’s New York Mets, and the National Basketball Association’s Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings as investors in the platform, which helps allows app developers to turn their mobile games into live esports events.

Though the NFL has not created a network of affiliated esports franchises, as the NBA and Major League Soccer have, it does work with video game licensee EA Sports on a series of events around the Madden NFL franchise. The Skillz investment now furthers the NFL’s push into esports.

“There are over 2.6 billion mobile gamers worldwide, and Skillz is the largest mobile platform connecting players in competitive game play,” said Kevin LaForce, vice president of 32 Equity. “We invested in Skillz because we believe the platform is driving the future of mobile entertainment, which is an area the NFL believes is critical to engage our fans in an increasingly connected world.”