Tech Watch: Virgin Gaming

By Vanessa Butler

We take a look at the resurgence of adding money to the equation of gaming with Virgin Gaming.

We can’t think of any pastime where we do more shit-talking than online games, so what better reason to put your money where your mouth is with the new Virgin Gaming site. It’s basically a safe platform to bet fellow gamers that you are better than they are, or use your hours of gaming for good by winning huge cash prizes and a slew of other rewards. Founded in 2007 under the name World Gaming, Sir Richard Branson invested in the company in 2010, bringing in over 1.5 million users to date. Since Virgin bought the company, over six million challenges have taken place using the platform and over $26 million has been won by its users.

Once you’ve registered an account, you can pick from three styles of playing: Play & Go, where you can battle against your friends in some of the biggest games for the PS3 and Xbox; Head 2 Head lobbies, where you are matched up against opponents worthy of your gaming ability; and Play & Win, where you can play when you want and leave when you want.The platform uses a unique ranking technology which guarantees you are paired up against someone of a similar skill level. This means that whether you play as well as our Gamer Next Door or are the worst gamer on your block, you can still have fun and win cash.

For the more adventurous, they also have bracket tournaments for serious gamers. Right now, players can join a free Madden NFL 13 tournament for the chance to win weekly prizes plus a trip for two to the Super Bowl, a trip for two to London to see the champions of Europe crowned or a chance to win some of the $200,000 being doled out to serious NHL 2013 gamers.

Our friends at Virgin Gaming heard that we were spending more than half of our free time attempting to win some tickets to the Super Bowl, so they’ve given our readers three dollars to add to your account if you sign up through us:


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