We’ve got some good news for your hardcore gamers out there. Are you ready to earn some free rewards for…playing games? Well, now is your chance as Razer, the widely popular gaming hardware maker has launched a new initiative called Paid to Play.

Being true to its simple name, the said program plans on rewarding you players for playing your favorite games. But, wait, there are a couple of key pointers you’re required to keep in mind to be eligible for earning — well, not cash — under this scheme. Razer is pairing its recently launched digital currency for gamers — zVault and will be awarding the same to those launching and playing the games via the company’s software suite called Razer Cortex.

Launched in 2014, this free-to-use desktop gaming software is designed to boost your PC’s performance for a smoother and intuitive gameplay experience. But, that’s not the only capability of this software. It also enables you, the gamers to manage your game libraries and stream gameplay to websites like Twitch or YouTube — with probably Facebook Live support coming sometime soon.

There are, however, varied reviews of the said software online as its performance depends particularly on your gaming setup. The ‘Paid to Play’ feature gives an incentive to gamers and has been added to the Razer Cortex in its latest update. Talking about the same, Min-Liang Tan, Razer CEO and co-founder, said:

The concept of everyday gamers getting paid to play has never been done by a hardware brand in the gaming industry. Gamers may reap the benefits of a rewards system simply by doing things they’re already doing.

As for how the company’s new initiative works, Razer will pay out Cortex users with zSilver digital currency for each minute played. It is basically a point-like system, which pays you for boosting your PC using the aforementioned software. Once you’ve installed Razer Cortex, you can launch any of the widely popular games like DOTA 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or Overwatch to start earning three zSilver coins per minute. This doesn’t mean you can keep playing all day to have a plush zVault account. The payout is restricted to 900 zSilver coins per day. That’s it.

This initiative or even the digital currency might seem invaluable but can be redeemed in the form of discounts on games or products that you purchase from the Razer store. Currently, you can redeem 4,500 zSilver coins for a product discount and 220,000 coins for a mechanical keyboard. The company is also introducing a limited-edition Razer Mug Holder, with its Chroma lighting technology and you can purchase that for 100,000 coins (which means 111 days with an average playtime of 5 hours). In addition, it is also looking to partner with third-parties to bring coffee and movie ticket discount coupons.

Well, free stuff for gaming doesn’t sound like a bad bet to me. What are your thoughts on the same? Comment your thoughts down below.

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