Bloc, a new social events app is paying people to socialise through a reward like system.
Users check-in to venues and if they attend (using geo-location) they are rewarded Bloc’s in-app currency, stars. Once a user has collected enough stars they can exchange them for real money.
We spoke to a number of users, at a Bloc event for Imperial College London students, about the app and many had received money already.
"Bloc is amazing, I can go to my favourite pub, drink with my friends and get paid to do it. I've been paid out twice and made £500", said one student.
Another user commented "I'm pretty much broke being a student in London. It's so expensive to go out but at least if I go out I can earn a little bit back by using Bloc".
There are three payouts once a user has collected enough stars, with the highest pay out being £250.
According to a Bloc spokesperson, 'it takes a user just under a month to reach the £250 pay-out, if they use it moderately'.
Bloc has paid out to over 5000 users so far and is growing rapidly with over 150,000 users.
Bloc started as a social events app where users could see who was attending venues near them. They could then connect with people before they attended and chat inside the app.
Now 3 years later they have introduced their reward system which has increased their number of downloads with a growth of 30% per month, with no signs of slowing down.
Bloc can be downloaded for free on iOS and Android.