Search engine giant Google has quietly launched a new website that allows people to set up competitions and offer cash prizes to winners.
The new platform, called (opens in new tab)Prizes (opens in new tab), allows people to create competitions which center around particular questions and tasks. Users can offer cash prizes for the competitions they set up.
“Prizes.org is a place where you can create contests and let people compete for a prize of your choosing. The best submission wins the prize!,” the website’s FAQ explain.
Google believes that people can help solve one another's problems and get paid for their deeds at the same time. The new service is run by social games maker Slide, which was acquired by the search giant last year.
Surprisingly, the platform features little or no Google branding and was released without much fanfare, similar to the group messaging service Disco, which was launched a while back. Disco is also run by Slide.
The model of the website might look compelling to people keen on making an extra buck. The transactions on the website are handled by PayPal and not by Google Checkout.
Users can log in to the website to start creating contests and earn money using their Facebook or Twitter log-in credentials. Prizes, despite being Google owned, does not come with Google accounts support.