Idle Computers Targeted by Gaming Hardware Manufacturer to Become Crypto Mining Devices

Dec 13, 2018 at 19:09

Razer, one of the world’s biggest manufacturer of gaming hardware, is eyeing idle computers to become crypto mining devices.

Notably, the company wants gamers to download a software that will enable the said function but users won’t get to keep the coins mined by the machines as it will be contributed to a platform called GammaNow where Razer is a partner.

Specifically, GammaNow will manage the mined cryptocurrency which includes Ethereum as well as other tokens.

Users of the program will then be rewarded with loyalty points called Silver that can be redeemed for a discount on Razer products.

“The cryptocurrency that’s being mined through this program is not touching Razer’s hands nor the user’s hands… We get a fee from the third party for generating cryptocurrency,” Kevin Allen, Razer’s spokesman said in a statement.

The points can also be used for redeeming gaming skins as well as tickets to e-sports events.

The setup will pit gamers to allow their idle computers to mine cryptocurrencies for GammaNow through the SoftMiner software as GammaNow gives the gamers Silver, which it bought from Razer, to allow redemption of various discounts and products.

Silver rewards for mining are determined by the quality of graphics card and the duration of time, the computer is running.

Additionally, gamers can also earn Silver by playing games with Razer Cortex, a performance-boosting desktop app.

This is not the first time, cryptocurrencies and the blockchain tech is integrated into video games.

Last October, Ubisoft said it is keen on creating standards that will guide the industry in developing the blockchain-based video games.