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SXSW 2018: Dollar Kill Club Lets Players Kill Each Other for Real Money

Dodge roll your way to some extra cash in this original twin-stick shooter from the Rumble Monkey platform.


The SXSW 2018 gaming expo floor opened its doors today and one of the first things you’ll see upon entry is a booth with some comfortable seating and what looks like a rogue-like twin-stick shooter. If you look a bit closer, you’ll notice people buying into the experience at $5 a pop as they play for a chance to immediately cash out with more money after playing the Dollar Kill Club, the first original game from the Rumble Monkey platform.

Rumble Monkey got its start by allowing players of Blizzard's Hearthstone to play against each other for real cash, not virtual currency or any other kind of substitute. Even the Match Money that you can use to cover entry fees will be converted to real money in the event that it’s won. Playable for the first time at SXSW 2018’s gaming expo, Dollar Kill Club is the platform's first original experience to take advantage of its money-earning formula and its an interesting take on a casual tier for esports.

Dollar Kill Club is a twin-stick shooter that pits players against each other in a small arena with the ability to shoot either a straight stream of projectiles or a spread. As per usual with the genre, there’s a dodge roll and obstacles occasionally drop into the space and can be used strategically to avoid attacks. The buy-in for the game was $5 on the show floor and you can take out enemies $1 at a time while trying to keep your own bounty intact.

I watched a few matches and the game seemed like your typical, twin-stick fare but with the added excitement the real money brings. Even as a spectator, I was on edge with each dodge-roll near-miss and the overall vibe was excitement even if that $5 entry fee went down the drain. Dollar Kill Club is quick and easy, which could present issues for those without self-control, but could open up the door to different types of experiences being added to the Rumble Monkey platform, either by original creations and implementation into existing titles. Could you imagine throwing in a dollar before air-dropping into a battle royale type game? Stay tuned to Shacknews for more SXSW 2018 coverage and look out for a conversation with Rumble Monkey's founder and CEO.

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