Skillz Inc. Class Action Lawsuit
- Company Name
- Skillz Inc.
- Stock Symbol
- Class Period
- December 16, 2020 to April 19, 2021
- Motion Deadline
- July 7, 2021
- Northern District of California
The Skillz Inc. class action lawsuit charges Skillz f/k/a Flying Eagle Acquisition Corp. (“FEAC”), and certain of Skillz’s executives with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and seeks to represent those who purchased or otherwise acquired Skillz securities between December 16, 2020 and April 19, 2021 (the “Class Period”). The Skillz class action lawsuit was commenced on May 7, 2021 in the Northern District of California and is captioned Jedrzejczyk v. Skillz Inc. f/k/a Flying Eagle Acquisition Corp., No. 21-cv-03450.
Skillz provides a proprietary gaming platform for mobile gaming users and developers. Skillz connects players worldwide by hosting fee-based competitive eSports games on its platform. FEAC was formed as a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, in early January 2020 by its sponsor Eagle Equity Partners II, LLC, led and controlled by defendant Harry Sloan. Within eight months, FEAC and Sloan secured $158 million in private placement commitments in connection with a business combination between FEAC and its target – Skillz. FEAC and Skillz finalized their merger, valuing Skillz at $3.5 billion, on December 16, 2020.
The Skillz class action lawsuit alleges that, throughout the Class Period, defendants issued materially misleading statements and omissions included representations relating to certain of Skillz’s business operations, performance metrics, and ultimate valuation, including, among others: (i) Skillz’s ability to attract new end-users, (ii) future profitability, (iii) the shrinking popularity of Skillz’s hosted games that accounted for 88% of its revenue, and (iv) Skillz’s valuation. The Skillz class action lawsuit also alleges that one of Skillz’s objectively unrealistic promises included the unsupportable claim that Skillz was valued at $3.5 billion, based on revenue projections in excess of $550 million for 2022. However, Skillz failed to inform investors that downloads of Skillz’s games that account for a majority share of Skillz’s revenue had been declining since at least November 2020.
On March 8, 2021, Wolfpack Research released a report titled: “SKLZ: It Takes Little Skill to see this SPACtacular Disaster Coming,” alleging that the growth speculations that Skillz and its insiders had touted were “entirely unrealistic.” Specifically, the Wolfpack Research report alleged, among other things, that the three games Skillz relies on for 88% of its revenue, produced by two developers, Tether Studios and Big Run Studios, had begun to decline prior to Skillz going public. Downloads of these games all declined by 52% (21 Blitz), 40% (Solitaire Cube), and 20% (Blackout Bingo) in the fourth quarter of 2020. The Wolfpack Research report concluded that Skillz buried this decline in downloads and revenue in its disclosures while continuing to tout massive future revenue growth. The Wolfpack Research report further stated that Skillz has a history of boasting about future partnerships that either do not have tremendous value, or never amount to anything. On this news, the price of Skillz shares fell by nearly 11%.
Then, on April 19, 2021, Eagle Eye Research posted an anonymous report on Twitter in which it claimed that, through the use of providing users with incentive bonus payments, Skillz “likely recognizes substantial non-cash revenue, and . . . cash revenue may be less than ½ of GAAP revenue.” On this news, the price of Skillz shares fell an additional 6%, further damaging investors.
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The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 permits any investor who purchased Skillz securities during the Class Period to seek appointment as lead plaintiff in the Skillz class action lawsuit. A lead plaintiff is generally the movant with the greatest financial interest in the relief sought by the putative class who is also typical and adequate of the putative class. A lead plaintiff acts on behalf of all other class members in directing the Skillz class action lawsuit. The lead plaintiff can select a law firm of its choice to litigate the Skillz class action lawsuit. An investor’s ability to share in any potential future recovery of the Skillz action lawsuit is not dependent upon serving as lead plaintiff. If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff of the Skillz class action lawsuit or have questions concerning your rights regarding the Skillz class action lawsuit, please provide your information here or contact counsel, J.C. Sanchez of Robbins Geller, at 800/449-4900 or 619/231-1058 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lead plaintiff motions for the Skillz class action lawsuit must be filed with the court no later than July 7, 2021.
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