SAN FRANCISCO—-(BUSINESS WIRE)–Skillz (NYSE: SKLZ), the leading mobile games platform, today announced the appointment of Vassily Filippov to the role of Chief Technology Officer. An experienced gaming leader who most recently served as the Director of Engineering at Meta, Filippov joins the Skillz C-suite, further bolstering the company’s executive team and product leadership bench.
“We are thrilled to welcome Vassily to Skillz. He has a demonstrated track record of leading engineering teams at some of the industry’s most respected technology companies,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO of Skillz.
Filippov, who will be the Chief Technology Officer at Skillz, will report to Paradise. Filippov will lead the technical roadmap of Skillz Competition Platform as the company strives for profitable growth.
“I’m excited to join Skillz at this pivotal time in the company’s journey as we build the future of competition,” said Vassily Filippov. “Coming to Skillz is truly reconnecting me to my gaming roots and re-igniting my passion to serve the needs of players around the world.”
Filippov grew up playing C64 and Atari 800XL games. He turned his childhood love for video games into a successful career that spans over 20 years. Filippov has made games at studios such as Sony, Riot Games, and Sierra On-Line, working on franchises including “God of War” and “League of Legends.”
Filippov has been focusing on the growth of teams and the development of products related to AR/VR/the metaverse. Filippov worked at Meta on the Horizon Worlds & Avatars teams. This helped prepare the company for a major focus on metaverse. While at Apple, Filippov was responsible for the development of RealityKit as well as Reality Composer.
Filippov obtained his Masters of Science degree (computer science) from The Ohio State University. He also earned a Masters of Science Degree in applied mathematics at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI.
Skillz is a leading platform for mobile games that encourages competition and brings out the best in everyone. Skillz allows developers to create multi-million-dollar franchises by allowing social competition in their games. Skillz’s patented technology allows millions of players to play casual esports tournaments worldwide. This is in the spirit of creating a home for competition for all. Skillz has earned recognition as one of Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators, CNBC’s Disruptor 50, Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and the number-one fastest-growing company in America on the Inc. 5000. www.skillz.com
Source: Skillz Inc.