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Posted Apr 19

Corporate Counsel

Skillz Inc.
San Francisco, CA Full Time

Today, people spend more time playing video games than they do playing all physical sports, and eSports are poised to become bigger than the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL combined. Skillz provides the technology that powers an eSports industry forecast to exceed $5 billion in annual revenue by 2020.

As the eSports provider for over 3,000 game studios, Skillz enables any mobile game to be turned into a competitive eSport that can also be broadcast on major streaming sites like Twitch and YouTube. We do this by integrating our unique layer of code directly into the mobile app, which activates our end-to-end tournament administration and other important features like player matching, anti-cheating mechanisms, customer support and a built-in loyalty program. Skillz accounts for more than 30% of eSports prizes, and we’ve already hosted more than 100 million tournaments for 10 million players in over 180 countries.

We’ve raised over $28 million in funding from well-known venture capital firms as well as major sports team owners from the NFL, NBA and MLB. In our quest to make gaming better for players and developers, we’re looking for savvy, passionate and hardworking teammates to help us build the future of sports. If you’re excited about defining a multibillion dollar industry, building an awesome product, or working with bleeding edge technology, Skillz just might be for you!

Our Culture:

We are true believers in electronic sports, so don’t be surprised if you see us playing mobile games at our desks or in the kitchen. At Skillz, this type of behavior is encouraged! You can also catch us at our weekly game nights playing anything from Starcraft to Cranium over dinner, while discussing new technologies or brainstorming ideas to improve our business.

Not a “gamer”? Don’t worry about it. Every Skillzian brings a unique perspective to the team, and we bond over plenty of activities that don’t involve games. We’re working to build a truly groundbreaking company, and we want top-notch people to join us in that mission. As the creators and leaders of a new marketplace, we work with a “do whatever it takes” mentality, and frankly, we get the job done!

Our team is comprised of passionate, intelligent and creative individuals who consistently seek out new challenges and knowledge. We embrace out-of-the-box strategies to propel our business forward, and foster a culture where every person’s voice is heard. Our team comes from diverse backgrounds, and our leaders have a strong history of funding, building and selling successful enterprises. If you're up for the challenge, we’d love to meet you.

Who We’re Looking For:

As a member of the Legal team, you will be responsible for structuring, negotiating and drafting agreements with advertisers, agencies, content providers supporting Skillz’ business development and developer relations teams, and will focus on negotiating, drafting and reviewing a wide variety of commercial agreements. You will work closely with the Executive Team advising on legal risks, business strategies and other issues related to the deals you support. You will help us to build and structure scalable tools and processes to support a fast-growing global revenue organization. You will bring extraordinary business judgment and creativity to your daily role, and have a track record both of collaborating and thriving in a fast-paced team environment.

We want your legal smarts, business sense, a strong work ethic and a good personality because you'll be dealing with challenging legal issues. You will need to be able to operate independently and work actively with various teams across the organization. Ideally you have worked in-house at a technology, entertainment, media and/or Internet company, or have worked for clients in one or more of these industries at a law firm.

Responsibilities:

Review, draft and negotiate sales and other commercial agreements

Identify and inform appropriate partners of business and legal risks in the deals you support

Respond promptly to legal requests

Deliver timely, pragmatic, and business-focused legal counsel, even in ambiguous situations

Lead internal governance policies and improve standard form agreements

Improve and grow legal processes that scale

Your Skillz:

3-5 years of in-house legal or outside counsel work experience

Success in working in conjunction with business clients in support of creative content acquisition and distribution programs

Substantial understanding of intellectual property, advertising, data, patent, and contract legal issues

Strong track record of advising clients or a company in structuring a wide range of commercial transactions

Significant experience in drafting and negotiating sales-related contracts

Strong organizational agility and a demonstrated experience of handling multiple urgent projects concurrently

Effectiveness in leading project expectations, upper level management reporting, and critical issue management

Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

J.D. and California Bar admission in good standing

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