Making a living playing video games was a pipe dream for many people in the 1980s and 1990s. Hundreds of titles now have their specialized esports leagues with thousands of dollars on the line, games journalism has developed as a profession, and even the hurdles to entry for game production have steadily worn away. One online corporation, on the other hand, wants to go much further.
Frontier, a US-based internet service provider, promotes its newly-awarded title of "Best Internet Provider for Online Gaming of 2021" by providing a great opportunity to a few lucky players. The business proposes paying selected candidates $2,000 only to play games to commemorate significant gaming anniversaries and milestones this year, including notable releases like Resident Evil Village and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart.
Applicants must apply as a pair, and Frontier will choose two sets of two winners from its pool of applications. Each couple will receive $2,000 after playing 21 hours of games together and submitting comments on the experience. A Nintendo Switch Lite, copies of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a Switch Online membership, and some snacks will also be given to each set of winners. The competition will undoubtedly be intense, but the rewards appear to be substantial.
With so much at stake, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. Unfortunately, the deal is only open to residents of the United States, so anyone residing outside of the country is out of luck right away. All applicants must be at least 18 years old, although they are not required to be Frontier customers. Winners also don't have to play together in person if pandemic concerns are still running high: Internet gaming is entirely permissible, even encouraged. The deadline for applications is June 18th at 11:59 p.m. PDT, and the winners will be revealed no later than June 25th.
The offer appears to be a roundabout way of getting feedback and data on online gaming from a few dedicated community members. Still, the prizes are so appealing that it looks well worth joining for anyone who has a trustworthy gaming buddy looking to make a fast buck (well, after 21 hours at least). It's a lot more fun and a lot less dismal than Nintendo's poll about whether or not gamers cared about Mario.