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Challenger delivers skill based cash contests to the average gamer without radically changing how, when and where they play. 
  • On Demand

    Load up the application and join a public match. No scheduling / no waiting.

  • Approachable

    Gamers only play for what they want and can stop whenever. No tournament lock-in.

  • Inclusive

    Play on the same servers with the same players you do today.



CHALLENGER was co-founded in 2018 in San Diego, California by Chris Andres and Chris Slovak with the goal of creating a unique on-demand approach for video gamers to compete for cash on major game titles.

There are over 1+ billion gamers worldwide with 145 million being over the age of 18 and living in North America. Gamers have limited options when it comes to competitive eSports that offer monetary rewards. To participate in most tournaments’ gamers must be in the top 0.5% to even come close to a payout.

With Challenger there is no more digital asset trading, no time based tournaments, and no waiting for a scheduled 1v1 match. Challenger users can play the games they love when they want without radically changing their experience while having a chance to win cash, all in public matches with the friends they already play with.

The approach to data collection and real-time play sets it apart from competition by allowing flexibility to users while collecting difficult if not unavailable data sets to unlock new business models outside of peer-to-peer gaming for both gamers and the industry.


  • Launched 2018
  • San Diego, CA
  • 10 Team Members
  • Google Cloud Start Up Grant Recipient
  • Silicon Valley Bank Startup Program
  • Morrison Forrest Startup Program
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Chris Slovak


Chris Slovak serves as the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Challenger. Prior to Challenger, Slovak has over 10 years of experience with online advertising at Yahoo! and Hookit.com. He is a proud University of Colorado Boulder alumnus.

His expertise and background lie in search and display networks & exchanges, display advertising, website architecture and social network development.


Chris Andres


Chris Andres, a former professional eSport competitor, serves as the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Challenger. He is a business operations and strategy leader with over 10 years of experience establishing, growing, and optimizing teams that produce exceptional results. He is an alumnus of San Diego State University.

Before Challenger, he was founder and CEO of Upbuilt LLC, creating online games for syndication, reaching over a million daily users.

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