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Kickback Logo Purple.png
Web address
Slogan Do what you love.
Type of site
Electronic sports
Registration Free
Available in English
Launched February 2, 2015
Current status Online

Kickback 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.[1] These features are available to all users, but are made optional for users playing for fun. The site, which was founded by Mark Prokoudine and Vlad Nov in November of 2014, is now backed by Y Combinator.[2] [3]


Kickback launched on February 2, 2015 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 between $2 and $100. [4] On March 2, 2014, Kickback announced its Y Combinator backing.

Games Offered[edit]

Kickback offers a variety of Minecraft mini-games: KitPvP, Survival Games, Parkour, The Walls. [5]


  1. ^ David Wiers (2015-03-02). "Competitive Minecraft Has a New Option". TechGraphs. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  2. ^ Kyle Russell (2015-03-02). "YC Backed Kickback Offers an Easy Way to Play Minecraft Competitively". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  3. ^ (2015-04-02). "YC W15 Companies". 
  4. ^ Alexandria Taberski (2015-03-05). "Competitive Minecraft with Kickback". Retrieved 2015-04-02. 
  5. ^ Brian Weis (2015-03-25). "Game Change: Why Kickback Is A Slam Dunk For The E-Sports Industry". Retrieved 2015-04-02. 

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