Hit mobile games developer and publisher Big Run Studios, in collaboration with leading mobile games platform Skillz, announced a new partnership with NFL running back and Super Bowl Champion Marshawn Lynch.
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Blackout Bingo, the top bingo game on the App Store, Lynch is working with Big Run Studios to run a 72-hour BEAST MODE-branded tournament powered by Skillz. Beginning today at 12pm PT, players can access the tournament within the events section of Blackout Bingo and compete for prizes from Lynch himself and his lifestyle brand BEAST MODE. Prizes include a video call with Lynch, signed footballs, and Beast Mode apparel. Additionally, all participants will receive a discount to the BEAST MODE online store.
“Bingo has been big time family fun but it’s also kept the lights on; I remember my mom and my momma traveling to bingo spots all over the bay rackin’ up W’s. My famalia loves competition and as far back as I can remember, bingo was taught with the mindset of winning, no different than being on that field,” explains Lynch. “BEAST MODE collaborating with Big Run Studios is straight up, real TownBidness. They’re an Oakland company, they are contributing to the community, and they want to use their games as a platform to bring people from all backgrounds together. That’s something I’m always gonna get down with.”
Lynch is also making a special appearance in the limited time Blackout Bingo birthday mode that will run in the game until November 9. Players can wish the franchise’s leading character, the globetrotting Chelsea, a happy birthday on Big Run Studios’ Facebook page and obtain a promo code for virtual currency on the Skillz platform.
“As Oakland is home for both our studio and Marshawn Lynch, we felt this birthday would be a great occasion to also strengthen ties with our local town by not only featuring key landmarks in the game but also donating $10,000 to the Fam 1st Family Foundation,” said Andrew Bell, CEO and Co-Founder, Big Run Studios. “We believe that using your talents to consistently make a powerful impact is truly what matters most for all communities and our players.”
“We’re grateful for Big Run Studios’ support of our programs that encourage new generations to expand their career horizons,” states Brije Gammage, Executive Director of Fam 1st Family Foundation. “With many youth interested in gaming and entertainment, partnering with their team will inspire and further encourage more innovative thinkers to broaden their perspective in a fresh, new, solutions-oriented way.”
Founded on the belief that everyone loves to compete, Skillz is raising the bar for how celebrities, brands, and nonprofits connect with their fans and followers. Leading organizations including T-Mobile, American Cancer Society, and Bowlero as well as celebrities such as Steve Young, Jerry Rice, and Floyd Mayweather have all hosted competitions on the platform.