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This Video Game Is Turning the Pandemic Jobless Into Crypto Traders

Investors see an onramp to crypto and NFT adoption. Detractors see a flimsy business model and potential for abuse. 

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When Vincent Gallarte was laid off in July, the Manila IT analyst found an unusual financial lifeline: an online game that rewards players in cryptocurrency. In his first two weeks of Pokémon-like questing and battling, Gallarte earned more than 37,000 pesos ($732), three times what he would have made at his “real job.”