Blast is an app that pays gamers to test and play new games, or go deeper in games they love. There are no surveys or small jobs to complete, but each time a gamer tries one of the game “missions” in the app they typically receive a dollar. For example, Blast users can try the game Words with Friends, where the mission is “Increase your vocabulary by playing 100 words and earn a dollar.” Gamers can easily earn a few dollars a week and they also receive XP (Experience Points) that puts the gamer in the running to win a leaderboard that might pay $100. For people who spend a lot of time playing games, Blast is a fun way to track your accomplishments and save money over the long term.

Quick Summary: Blast is a gamified savings app that helps encourage gaming enthusiasts to passively save money when they play their favorite games. Blast developed technology to support micro-money movements triggered by in-game actions. This technology enables gamers to transfer a small amount of money into their savings account each time they reach a new achievement in their favorite game. Blast is also a micro-earning platform that rewards users for downloading and trying out fun new mobile games. There are small, unknown games as well as reputable developers like Zynga offering Words With Friends 2.

How It Works: After signing up with Blast, you need to link your bank account and choose which account you want to pull from. After set up is complete, you will make micro-deposits automatically as you reach new levels and accomplishments in your favorite games. There is a missions section of the app that has additional opportunities to save and earn by trying out new games. Missions let the user download new games, and try them out for a while. Once you reach a certain benchmark (finish level 5, beat 2 bosses, get 5 eliminations, etc) you will be rewarded with a cash prize- usually a dollar or two. Between the saving feature and the missions page, Blast created interesting ways to encourage saving and earning among gaming enthusiasts.

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Year Founded: 2017

Methods To Earn: Downloading and playing new games

Difficulty To Earn: Simple

Reward Type: Cash rewards sent to bank account

Unique Features: Save and earn money while playing games from top game publishers

Cost: Free

Platform(s): iOS, Android

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