Ever wanted to translate your gaming skills into dollar bills?
Now's your chance.
In the online multiplayer first-person shooter called "Kwari," players go can head-to-head to win jackpots of cash.
Launched in early January in Europe, "Kwari" is a free downloadable game -- but you have to spend money to make money. The ammo will cost you five bucks for 5,000 bullets, and that's the only cut that publisher Kwari Limited gets. The money for the jackpots is pooled together from real money spent on in-game goods -- weapons, health upgrades and self-inflicted injuries -- and it stays strictly in-game. With Visa, Mastercard and PayPal on board, "Kwari" looks to set its sights beyond Europe.
Does this sound like gambling to you?
I caught up with Kwari Limited Marketing Director Al King at GDC last month to talk about the game. King expects we'll be seeing "Kwari" in the U.S. in June, despite strict U.S. gambling laws, which vary from state to state. In 2006, the U.S. Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which prohibits the transfer of funds from a financial institution to an Internet gambling site (excluding fantasy sports, online lotteries, and horse racing). Kwari Limited took great steps to not run afoul of those laws. Read More...