Grattii Could Be Newest Virtual Currency
SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) - A group of young entrepreneurs are out to prove you can cash in pretty heavily playing computer games, and they believe that "Gratii" [GROT-EE] could soon be the currency of the future.
A quick look around this place and you'll surely think you stepped into a fraternity house. Pizza boxes line the walls, and beer paraphenalia serves as decorations. But it won't take long to notice this home turned lab is the birthplace of what could be the next big thing in the virtual world.
"It's a buzz and now we're like, oh my God, we need to get back to grind because it is growing faster than we expected," says Brian Feldman.
Feldman is talking about Gratii. He and his right-hand man Matt Meyer are both University of Maryland graduates. They've assembled a team of partners, and together, they've come up with virtual currency that is earned by playing simple computer games.
"I think people are really starting to embrace it," he says.
Here's how it works. You play the games, then earn points. Those points then get redeemed for real-life products like food or merchandise at establishments that are signed up with Gratii.
The Beta launch has already hit College Park, their old stomping grounds.
"People are spending real world money to buy virtual goods. We said, let's flip that. What if there is a way to use virtual currency to buy real world goods?"
The theme of virtual currency has even been the topic of TV shows like CBS's The Good Wife.
But these local businessmen say there is nothing fictional about what they are trying to achieve. "We've spent a lot of time doing this."
The tech-savvy bunch has jumped on board with the latest website coding trends and social media platforms. Their push behind Gratii is giving traditional currency a run for its own money.
" I think this is the closest thing that could eventually take off."
So if you want to start earning Gratii, go to the Gratii website (www.gratii.com). That's where you can use the promo code WUSA9 to get an invitation to join,and begin collecting Gratii for yourself.