Paid to Play
Paid to Play
Gaming can be an expensive hobby or profession. I shudder to imagine the sheer costs of my collection of games, let alone the price of hardware, consoles, etc. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were to make money from playing games? Of course, there’s plenty one can do to accomplish this: put in the time and effort it takes to create a productive stream on Twitch, for example. Build your resume and write for a publication. What if you could earn money, however, by simply playing with your phone?
I supplement my hobby mostly through my full time job: teaching. But being a father and a husband is also expensive, and the mortgage eats into any budget I could spare. During my winter vacation this year – a time when I was not paid – I played around with a few apps that claimed I could make money. Of the handful I spent hours with, there was only one that paid out at an acceptable rate: Mistplay.
Before I get into why Mistplay is fairly worth your time – especially if you have lots of idle phone time – I want to touch on why other apps are not worth your time. Apps like Dice Royale, Lucky Money, Lucktastic, etc. are designed to delay any sort of payout for as long as possible while milking oodles of money from their gullible bases via advertisements. Each app starts you off by slamming you with relatively big wins ($5 here or a few bucks there). The catch, of course, is that you can’t cash out until you have at least $10 or $15. Are there people who win big? Probably, but I can’t say for sure. In Dice Royale, for example, the odds of rolling any given number at any time should be 1 in 6. Those odds, at some point, should play into your favor. You wouldn’t believe how many times the app conveniently rolled past big winnings. I could guess the correct drop of the die before it stopped ‘rolling’ in any situation where I could possibly win money. The same goes for any lottery ticket app.
Mistplay works because you’re paid based on the time you contribute to any set of games from its selection. I imagine Mistplay gets a kickback from games that you download (for free, of course). If you spend money on those games, I’m sure they reap the benefits, too. Still, after about 50 consecutive days of logging in to the app, I’ve accrued $20 of Amazon gift cards. It isn’t significant, of course, but it is tangible. I’ve cashed those giftcards.
I currently play a small selection of games via Mistplay, which may be the reason why it’s taken me about 50 days to earn $20. I played the boosted games, Rise of Kingdoms and AFK Arena, the most (these are games that provide increased experience and points toward your cash out), as they offer the quickest route to money. I’ve also come to particularly enjoy Rise of Kingdoms, and the extra cash makes it even more enjoyable to play. Additionally, I downloaded and play Yahtzee daily, along with a handful of other games to quickly accrue small point totals toward my cash out amount. As you level up your games, you earn more points to your amount, and as you level up your Mistplay account, the experience and such accrues quicker. At level 15 of each game, your rewards points stop building.
The good news is that Mistplay routinely adds new games to their selection, so I’ve never felt like I’ll run out of points any time soon. With that said, Rise of Kingdoms and AFK Arena have been the boosted games for the entire 50 days I’ve played. This implies that, once I reach level 15 on both games, my point accrual will decrease significantly.
To conclude, Mistplay has been, to date, the only app with which I’ve actually cashed out. If you find yourself sitting on your couch with your phone playing an assortment of games, you may as well try out Mistplay and see if you can’t make a few extra bucks here and there. I’ve put my $20 toward MLB The Show. Let me know in the comments if you use Mistplay or have found success in any other paid for playing apps.