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Kickback (gaming)

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Type of site
Electronic sports

San Francisco


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Do what you love. is a gaming platform that lets users play video games for cash prizes. Players of any skill level can enter ranked matches and wager real money for a chance to win more using their skills in-game. Kickback integrates on top of popular existing games, where the service adds matchmaking, anti-cheat, support and payouts. These features are available to all users, but are made optional for users playing for fun. The site was backed by Y Combinator in 2015.



The website launched on February 2, 2015 in San Francisco, California by hosting paid tournaments in Minecraft. Players deposited $5.00 and competed against one another in player-versus-player matches for a chance to win $100. On March 2, 2015, Kickback announced its Y Combinator backing and integration with PayPal. On December 1, 2015, Kickback began allowing users to wager virtual items in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Games Offered

Kickback offers a variety of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive games. Users are matched player versus player with the objective of defeating an opponent through in-game kills. Each match allows users to win between $1.00 and $100.00. The site runs daily events that are free to enter and award real prizes.


Kickback is able to operate in United States and Canada because video games are classified as games of skill, not chance by the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. To win money, players are required to defeat opponents through superior skill, reaction time and game knowledge.


Kickback (gaming) Wikipedia