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SKLZ Stock: The Mobile Gaming Hire That Has Skillz Shares Surging Today

Skillz (NYSE:SKLZ) stock is taking off on Thursday thanks to a new hire for the company exciting investors.

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Vatsal Bhardwajm is joining Skillz as the company’s new Chief Product Officer. His goal will be to drive the future of mobile gaming while at the company. That includes accelerating product and growth initiatives.

Bhardwajm is worth pointing out as he’s the former General Manager and Director of Game Tech for Amazon Web Services. Prior to joining Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), he was the Head of Product for various groups at Facebook (NASDAQ:FB).

Andrew Paradise, founder and CEO of Skillz, said this about Bhardwajm joining the team.

“Under his direction, our product team will develop and deploy innovative new gameplay technologies, accelerate our entry into multiplayer synchronous gaming, and build out brand-sponsored tournaments and partnerships, giving both our players and developers the best experience possible.”

SKLZ stock is seeing heavy trading following the Bhardwajm hiring news. As of this writing, more than 17 million shares of the company’s stock have changed hands’ That’s above its daily average trading volume of 16.1 million shares.

SKLZ stock was up 11% as of Thursday afternoon but is down 44.1% since the start of the year.

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