Summer Escape Into a $50,000 Tournament Playing Games

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[This event is now over, stay tuned for future tournaments!]

Hello, summer!

Probably not the usual summer you’d expect or were planning for this year, but as the saying goes “when life gives you lemons, make some lemonade.” And one company is helping to make your summer a whole lot sweeter with a fun game tournament for iOS users.

$50,000 Summer Escape Tournament

Starting today and throughout July, brand new players who play specific Skillz title games are entered into an amazing tournament to win cash from the $50,000 prize pool.

Yes. Play games on your iPhone. Win cash.

It was meant to be because you were already going to spend time on your phone. This gives an extra sweet chance to win money so that you can go on that dream vacation next year.

Cash Tournaments Free for a Limited Time

Skillz has a large portfolio of games that are free to download but note that this Summer Escape tournament is for specific games only. All their games can be played for free but the best part is winning cash from cash tournaments playing against real people.

Normally, cash tournaments require some monetary buy-in to participate (e.g. $0.60 and up depending on the winning prize) but for the below-chosen games and date durations, you’ll enter cash tournaments for free and earn real cash prizes if you win.

This means you won’t lose any money at all but still have the chance to win via their anti-cheat system of pairing you against players of similar skill levels.

We’ll be updating this post to refresh the game title information as dates will vary for each game’s tournament!

Chosen Game for July 21 – 23: Jewel Blitz 

Hand holding iPhone 7 with Jewel Blitz game on the display screen

Game: Jewel Blitz 

If you’re more of a Tetris fan, this game might be your speed. It’s like Tetris but without the gravity, as you’re placing pre-determined blocks onto the game board to clear out as many rows and/or columns as you can. 3 minutes is the timer

You’ll get bonus points for combo explosions and different colored cubes count for extra points.

Time to explode as many colored cubes as you can!

Note that cash tournaments aren’t available in these states: AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, MT, SC, SD, and TN.

Previous weeks and games:

Chosen Game for July 17 – 21: Bubble Shooter Arena

Game: Bubble Shooter Arena

Pop as many same-colored bubbles and try to clear the board as fast as you can in 3 minutes.

What’s not to love? This classic bubble game comes back with a twist as you play against the time and against another real player’s score.

Our favorite strategy is to hang multiple bubbles from a “parent” bubble (I guess like multi-colored grapes?) and pop the “parent” so all bubbles connected can come tumbling down for extra bonus points.

Note that cash tournaments aren’t available in these states: AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, MT, SC, SD, and TN.

Chosen Game for July 13 – 16: Blackout Blitz

Game: Blackout Blitz

Classic bingo turns fast-paced and competitive when you only need 2 minutes per game where you can play against another person around the world.

Everyone sees the same bingo card and balls so by daubing (tapping the number) fast and correctly, you’ll get bonus boosts for more points! Tap the incorrect number and points will get docked so don’t get sloppy!

The travel theme and graphics are a fun and much needed bonus too.

Note that cash tournaments aren’t available in these states: AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, MT, SC, SD, and TN.

Week of July 9 – 12: Cube Cube

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