Taiwan-based tech giant Asus is now letting gamers use the number crunching power of their graphics cards to earn a share of profits from cryptocurrency mining.
The company announced Thursday that it has partnered with mining app provider Quantumcloud to allow gamers to earn “passive income” by allowing access to their Asus graphics cards (or GPUs) when not being used for other PC tasks. Earnings will be paid out via PayPal or WeChat.
The app uses gamers’ GPUs to collectively power cloud-based miners to – in theory, at least – generate profit, giving card owners a percentage based on the amount of power provided, Quantumcloud’s website says.
The privacy of customers’ financial data on the app is protected under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Asus stressed.
“As part of its pledge to protect user data, Quantumcloud launched with GDPR compliance in place and does not require customers to create a unique login. Instead, customers use their existing PayPal or WeChat account to log in and collect their earnings,” the firm said.