These services also appear to have risky legal bases.
In response to a question specifically regarding the Players’ Lounge and One Up, both of which include Fortnite in their marketing materials, the Epic spokesperson said the rules remain the same: “Any organization of betting matches for Fortnite violates our policies. “
Game + differentiates itself with an integrated Discover card registration process. In order to fund challenges, Game + requires players to sign up for a prepaid Discover card, which is then issued by MetaBank. It is the same financial institution that Recently Distributed Coronavirus Economic Impact Payments via prepaid debit cards in the United States. Players load the card with their own money and challenge other users to matches in over 50 console titles, setting their own rules and betting between $ 2 and $ 250 on the outcome. Game + earns its money by taking 10% of each challenge, capped at $ 5.
It will also make money from the fees, apparently. The Game + Discover Prepaid Card requires a minimum of $ 20 each time it is loaded, and there are fees associated with funding and keeping the account active. If a user does not participate in a challenge of the month, Game + will charge an inactivity fee of $ 1.50. After six months of no activity – and likely $ 9 in fees – users will be billed extra $ 2.95 per month until their account is cleared. Game + reserves the right to collect these fees “by any other authorized means if the payment attempt is refused.” Additionally, ATM withdrawals using the Game + card cost $ 2.50.
“There are fees associated with putting money on the card,” Frank said. “For example, there’s a charge of $ 0.50 to load the card and that sort of thing. As far as the use of the card is concerned, it works like a prepaid card. If you went to spend money in a store or online or that sort of thing, there is no charge associated with that, but some charges are shown on a schedule. “
On the other hand, One Up acts as an escrow and allows users to download and withdraw money through PayPal, Venmo, Cash App, and other online banking programs. The app charges a 15% booking fee for tournaments and raised more than $ 4 million from investors last year.
The One Up Exam Section just might be a living prophecy for Game +. Among the positive judgments are dozens of complaints about missing funds, an inability to make withdrawals, broken customer service trees, surprise limitations, and misleading players. Some articles call the app an outright scam.
In Game +, Frank and Sanford have a conflict resolution system that involves players uploading photos of their contested endgame screens or replaying matches that are too hard to call. They rely on the Discover Card registration process to control players and prevent cheating.
Game +, One Up, Players’ Lounge, and other skill-based tournament services take advantage of recent legal changes around the game and sports betting apps to try to establish a new breed of head-to-head video game competition. And they could do it, if the owners of the video games let them.