Who is that?

As we promised a few weeks ago, we’ve been working hard getting cash prizes ready. The great news is that we expect to turn them on next week!

This week however…

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Who is that?

We need your help testing our new verification system. It’s very simple, we just send you a mail and an SMS each with a short “magic code”, you enter the codes, and you’re done.

Verification will soon be required if you’ve played 10 or more games. Right now it’s optional, but we’d really appreciate it if you could verify early anyway – it helps us make sure it’s all working ok and it also means you’re ready to receive prizes!

By the way, we don’t sell or pass on any of your personal information. It’s only used to stop people creating multiple accounts.

To try it out, just start the app and go to the new Me → Cash tab. If you have any problems at all, please mail [email protected].

Eyes on the prizes!

(c) Steve Jurvetson

Cash prizes are coming! We’ve stopped adding other features to the game in order to concentrate on getting prizes available as soon as we can.

Here’s a quick preview of how the prizes will work – and of why now is a very good time indeed to start playing GAIN!

How much can you win?

Every week we’ll have a cash prize pot available. The size of the pot will depend on the number of people who played – the more players, the larger the pot. We’ll announce more details on this closer to the event.

Every week you will have the chance win a share of that pot, just by playing. Your share is directly related to your long-term score at the time. All else being equal, if you can double your long-term score you will double your winnings! That’s why it’s important to build up a big score and that’s why playing now is a good idea.

Can you keep on winning?

Yes please! We’ll be delighted to give you money every week – but we only award prizes to the players who played that week. If you have a great long-term score but didn’t play, you won’t win anything that week.

How long is “long-term”?

Right now: 6 months.

We use a long-term score to reward consistently good players, rather than people who are just lucky. However we also need to balance that with giving new players a chance to receive a share of the cash. Six months is about right but we expect to tweak that later if we need to.

Who’s eligible?

Our lawyers have confirmed that adult residents of Japan and the United Kingdom can legally receive prizes. We are working with our lawyers in India, Indonesia and the United States and are confident that residents of those countries will be eligible very soon too. Other countries to follow!

Money for free. What’s the catch?

Nothing. Zip. Zilch.

Well, to be eligible for prizes you’ll need to register, which requires a phone that can receive an SMS (text message), but that’s it. We don’t ask for your money, ever. 

How will you receive your winnings?

We expect to add many payment mechanisms, from Bitcoins to cheques. But we’ll start with PayPal because it seems easiest for most of you.

So what should you do to maximise your payout?

  1. Register
  2. Play well and build up a large total score (you can start doing that now!)
  3. Play every week, to make sure you have a chance of getting your payout that week

Anything else?

Well we also have some Top Secret plans for prizes that we know you’re going to love – but you’ll just have to wait a little bit longer…