Ever heard the saying, “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is”?
Well, today we’re really going to be putting that statement to the test as we review Gamekit – a controversial website which promises users the chance to earn gift cards, games, and even prepaid credit cards for simply playing games. This is about as close as it gets to free money.
On paper, this seems far too good to be true, so if you’re smart (and you are), you probably have a few questions before you go signing up. For example, you may be wondering how on earth any business can make a profit by paying people to play games for no apparent reason.
I was too. Unfortunately, finding answers to these questions online isn’t easy, and after searching around the internet for an hour, I realized that getting accurate, unbiased information about Gamekit is nearly impossible.
So what did I do? I signed up to see for myself first-hand what this platform was all about. I’ve also thoroughly researched the company, spoke to other Gamekit users, and generally dug a little deeper, all in the name of putting together this in-depth Gamekit review and answering all your burning questions; questions like:
- What is Gamekit?
- How does Gamekit work?
- How does Gamekit make money?
- Is Gamekit a scam?
- How much can I earn on Gamekit?
We’ll also be talking about the different ways to earn points on Gamekit and the different rewards you can get.
There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started!
What is Gamekit?
Gamekit is an online platform, available in 15 countries, which connects gamers with gaming brands looking to reach new audiences. They do this by rewarding points to gamers for playing games and completing other small tasks. These points can then be exchanged for rewards or used in giveaway contests.
For the gamer, this point-based reward system provides an incentive for them to try new games and complete tasks, which drives traffic towards a game or website from an audience of gamers.
In this respect, Gamekit functions as a kind of marketing service provider for its clients. Gamekit delivers traffic to its advertisers and is paid accordingly; users get a share of these profits via rewards, at least in theory.
There’s a little more to it than that, but we’ll go into more detail later. For now, let’s look at how it works.
How It Works
Once a user has signed up to Gamekit, they can start earning points right away. The user just needs to navigate to the ‘earn points’ page, and choose from one of the many options for earning points (we’ll talk about what these options are later).
They’ll then be shown a screen which tells them the different steps they have to take to complete the offer and earn points. Sometimes, they’ll need to provide evidence of completion of a task or quest, such as by taking a screenshot which shows their progress.
Once they’ve completed the task, they’ll be rewarded with a set amount of PTS (points) and EXP. The PTS are the good stuff – you can exchange them for rewards on the ‘rewards’ page (again, we’ll talk about what these rewards are later).
The EXP helps to ‘level up’ your account. This is a cute feature that is basically there to force you to complete more tasks by restricting your eligibility for certain rewards based on your level. Even if you have enough PTS for a reward, you can’t always get it unless you’ve reached the required level.
There’s a lot of controversy around this particular feature, as some users feel it’s there to prevent you from ever redeeming your PTS, which brings us nicely on to our next section…
Is Gamekit a Scam?
This is probably the most important question in this whole review, so I’ll cut to the chase.
The answer is both yes and no. Gamekit doesn’t seem to be an outright scam, but it’s about as close as it can get to being one without actually being one.
Let’s break it down into the good and the bad, so that you can see how I arrived at that conclusion and maybe draw your own.
There are three aspects of Gamekit which show us that they’re not a total scam. These are:
1. They have a high Trustpilot score
Gamekit has a Trustpilot score of 8.4. A fact they seem very proud of, having plastered it all over their website, which suggests they might be trying just a little bit too hard to prove legitimacy.
Nonetheless, Trustpilot is a leading review site, and a high score here should go some way towards proving they’re not a scam.
However, it’s worth remembering that it’s possible for companies to manipulate review scores, and some believe TrustPilot is particularly susceptible to this. There’s an insightful article on the topic here if you’re interested.
2. They do actually give out rewards – SOMETIMES.
Suspecting Gamekit of being a scam, I put them to the test. I decided I’d try to earn the ‘random premium steam key’ advertised on their website. It took a while – probably a few hours – but I eventually gained enough points to grab it.
I was surprised to find they actually delivered on their promise. However, the word ‘premium’ was misleading. The game I was awarded was a cheap, low-quality puzzle game – definitely not worth the time I invested into earning the points.
Also, whilst this worked for me, a lot of people don’t receive the games they redeem their points for, and Gamekit’s own terms and conditions reserve the right to refuse to deliver on anything, so take my experience with a pinch of salt!
3. They have SOME genuinely positive reviews
It can be difficult to sort the genuine reviews from the fake ones, but I can say with some certainty that at least some of the positive reviews out there are real. You can usually tell as they’re brutally honest about the bad side as well as the good.
Redditors are notoriously hard to deceive, so it’s worth checking the Reddit forums for the most honest reviews.
All that being said, don’t go clicking away to sign up just yet – there are a more than a few catches that you need to be aware of.
Here’s where we get into the ‘scammy’ side of things. Unfortunately, there are more bad points than there are good when it comes to Gamekit. They have a lot of business practices that are dubious at best, and outright illegal at worst.
Here are some reasons that might make you want to avoid Gamekit:
4. Duplicate Games
A lot of users of Gamekit claim to have received duplicate games when purchasing ‘random’ steam keys. Gamekit acknowledges this and states on their website ‘we’re not refunding duplicated games’.
This seems fair until you consider the fact that, if the steam keys were truly ‘random’, the odds of getting a duplicate would be astronomically low. You’d have to be incredibly unlucky to get the same key twice, considering the sheer number of games in the Steam library.
The amount of people that get duplicates despite this suggests that the steam keys aren’t fully ‘random’, but are from a limited catalog of (probably cheap and unpopular) games. This YouTube video does a better job of explaining this than I can over text alone, so check that out if you’re interested.
5. Unfair and Illegitimate Bans
Worryingly, many users claim that they were banned from the system upon trying to redeem PTS for high-value rewards of $20 or more. The sheer number of reviews – like this one, this one, and this one – complaining about the same thing suggests this is no accident.
Gamekit get around this by imposing unbalanced terms and conditions which essentially allow them to ban you for the most minor reasons – such as logging on from two different IP addresses.
They can legally use this to ban you for any reason, even if their real motive is to stop you from claiming your rewards, but that doesn’t make it any less wrong.
6. Misleading Information
Their whole business model is structured around misleading their users. They market themselves as offering gamers the chance to get ‘free money’ but, in reality, this would never work as a business model. Gamers are essentially earning very low amounts of money for clicking ads.
Other examples of misleading their users include promising ‘premium games’, not being specific about the requirements of certain offers up front, and conveniently missing out important information about eligibility requirements for rewards.
7. Changing Goalposts & Unprofessional Support
Another red flag is the way in which Gamekit frequently change the eligibility requirements for rewards. For example, this review talks about how the user was unable to receive the prize he had won as Gamekit changed the level requirements for redemption.
Conveniently, this happened as soon as the user had reached the previously required level. In other words, Gamekit are essentially moving the goalposts in order to stop users claiming their prizes.
Even more worrying is how the support staff responds to this review, claiming that the user will have to just have to put up with it and that “this is how things work here”.
The same staff member threatened “I suggest you to chill, otherwise we may take measures against your behavior since you are making useless bad publicity about our site.”
This highlights how Gamekit are actively trying to silence the bad reviews about them, even going as far as to threaten their customers. If that’s not a red flag, then I don’t know what is.
8. The value of the rewards aren’t worth the effort
If you do manage to actually redeem your PTS for a reward, it’s unlikely that the reward will be worth your time and effort, as the value of prizes is incredibly low considering the amount of PTS required.
If you’re still interested in trying out Gamekit at this point, there will probably be nothing else that will deter you from here on out. Now let’s talk money.
How Much Can I Earn on Gamekit?
Gamekit is unlike many of the other apps that we talk about on Frugal for Less in that it’s not so much about making money as it is about saving money. You’re not paid for your efforts in cash, you’re paid in games and gift cards. The closest you can get to real cash is their prepaid Mastercard credit card.
However, being frugal means cutting down on costs where you can, and games cost money. Therefore, if you can get games that you would have been willing to pay for free, you’re saving yourself money.
But for the sake of this question, let’s assume that saving money is the same as earning money. After all, those games and gift cards do have a cash value, so it kind of is. Now we can try to work out how much we can earn per hour.
We’re fortunate in the fact that Gamekit gives us a clue as to how much we can earn on their website by providing us with some helpful statistics.
According to their website, there are currently 15 million registered users on Gamekit, with 7 million visits per month. The combined total value of the rewards earned by these users is $2.2 million.
Sounds great right? But wait – let’s break those numbers down a little further.
15 million users have earned $2.2 million in rewards to date, which means we can work out how much each user has earned each, on average, by doing the total reward value by the total amount of users.
We’ve done the math and that works out at just under $0.14 each – not much in most people’s books.
Of course, this assumes that each of their registered users has earned an equal share, which is probably not true, so let’s look at it on an individual basis.
There are lots of ways to earn points, and most people choose to earn them by completing quests on games, but let’s assume for this example that you choose to complete surveys, as it’s the easiest way to calculate earnings over time.
Currently, on Gamekit, there are several surveys that the site estimates will take 18 minutes complete, each of which rewards the user with 174 PTS.
If you were to complete surveys like this back to back, with no breaks in between, you’d earn around 580 PTS each hour.
A €10 ($11.50) steam gift card costs 5,699 PTS, and a €10 prepaid Mastercard costs 6,199 PTS. Therefore, it would take you nearly 10 hours to earn enough PTS for the steam card, and even more for the Mastercard.
Even if we assume the steam gift card has an equivalent cash value of €10, that still means you’d be earning around $1 per hour or less.
With that in mind, if you’re just doing it for the money, it probably isn’t worth it. You can earn 10 times that amount for very little effort on sites like Cambly.
It won’t really work as a part-time income but, if you like to play games, and you’d be playing them anyway, it might still have some worth as you can at least monetize your hobby.
Ways to Earn Points
Remember how we mentioned there were lots of different options for ways to earn points? Well, let’s explore what those options are.
Here are the different ways you can get points on Gamekit:
- Play games
- Take quizzes
- Rate photos
- Complete surveys
- Invite your friends (referrals)
- Watch trailers
- Buy points
Of these, playing games to earn points seems to be the most popular choice, which makes sense as Gamekit market themselves directly to gamers. If it wasn’t for the gaming angle, they’d just be a paid-to-click platform like any other.
However, just because playing games is the most popular choice, it doesn’t mean it’s the best way to earn points.
The quickest and easiest way would probably be to complete surveys but, if you want to go down this route, you’re probably better off using a survey site that pays a little more. We’ve written about those here.
If you’d prefer to earn points by playing games, here’s how you go about it:
Step 1: Click on the “Get PTS” tab in the horizontal menu
Step 2: Select the game you want to play
Step 3: Register in the game by choosing a nickname and inputting your email address.
Step 4: Enter your nickname in the game on Gamekit to see your first quest.
Step 5: Complete your quest in-game within the allotted time.
Step 6: Take a screenshot which proves you’ve completed the quest and upload it to Gamekit.
The quests can vary but they usually require you to reach a certain level or another milestone within the game.
Rewards & Giveaways
Now we’ve covered how you acquire PTS, let’s talk about how to redeem them.
There are two ways to redeem points: rewards and competitions.
Competitions are essentially a gambling option – they require a low amount of PTS to enter and offer better prizes, but you’re not guaranteed to win anything.
Your odds of winning can be anything from around 1-in-5 to 1-in-200, and competitions with expensive or popular prizes, like Player Unknown Battlegrounds and high-value steam cards, tend to offer the worse odds.
With rewards, you simply choose the prize you want to redeem your PTS against and it should be delivered to you within a few days. There are a lot of options to choose from, but here are some of the most popular:
- 1 random premium Steam key
- 5-10 random Steam keys
- Random $2-$50 Steam gift card
- Various Games (Rocket League, PUBG, Counter-Strike, etc.)
- Game cosmetics or add-ons
- Blizzard Points
- $20 Paysafecard
- Gaming keyboards
- PSN cards
- Donations to charity
- Prepaid Mastercards
To actually redeem your PTS, you just need to click the ‘Exchange Points’ tab on the horizontal bar at the top, and then make your selection.
It’s worth mentioning that you’ll need to receive a text to actually get your prize, which requires you to input a mobile phone number. A lot of users don’t want to give out this information so, if this is you, don’t waste any of your time earning PTS as you won’t be able to redeem them.
How to Join Gamekit
If you’re still interested in trying out Gamekit for yourself, you can sign up via their website here.
The whole signing up process shouldn’t take longer than a couple of minutes – it’s really easy. You just put in your email address and choose a password, and you’re good to go!
You can also choose to register through your Facebook, Google, or your Steam account if you’d prefer.
Once you’re on the site, a quick tutorial will commence, which you can complete to net yourself a few easy PTS. You can also verify your email address to get a few more too.
Apps Similar to Gamekit
If Gamekit sounds a little bit too close to scam-territory for you, there are plenty of other, more legitimate alternative apps you can use to make money. Here are my top suggestions:
- For more apps that pay you to play games, check out our post here, where we list 11 of the best options.
- For survey sites that pay much more than Gamekit, try Survey Junkie or Zap Surveys.
- For even more earning potential, consider trying a website like Cambly instead, which pays you to chat.
That about covers it!
In conclusion, I can’t give my stamp of approval to Gamekit as it misleads its users a little too much and the reward-to-time ratio is just too unbalanced.
It might be worth looking into anyway if you’re an avid gamer – just be careful, and don’t invest too much time and effort into it.
Good luck and happy frugaling!