Is Buff Mining With Your Processor? (Common Misconception)

There are mixed opinions about the legitimacy of Buff and whether or not it's linked to crypto. Here is some clarity on how Buff works and why it's safe to use.

Writer for Buff, Remi Smith
By Remi Smith
Joel Taylor, editor for Buff
Edited by Joel Taylor
Fact-check by Itai Guzik

Updated July 25, 2023.

With so many scammers and malicious people out there, it's easy to be skeptical in today's age—and we've grown to expect some dirty trick hidden behind everything that seems too good to be true. It can be difficult to know who to trust; and we're proud to say that you can trust Buff.

While our original plan did involve blockchain coin generation, this was dropped in 2018 for a freemium business model. As such, the most common misconception is that Buff uses your rig to mine cryptocurrencies. However, if you take a close look at our compliance, carry out your own tests, and run the numbers, you'll find almost no performance change when running Buff. Mining coins requires a certain level of processing power to meet the mining "hashrate" (the total power a rig needs to be eligible to mine), so there's basically no way Buff could be mining on your rig without you noticing some performance change.

» Still not convinced? Take a look at how Buff works

Think of Buff Points in the Same Way as Frequent Flier Miles

As mentioned above, Buff works on a freemium business model where loyalty rewards are passively earned by gamers over time by tracking their game stats. In 2018, Buff teamed up with Overwolf gain access to players' game stats in hundreds of games. This meant that we could create 3rd-party challenges for gamers to complete, such as "spending x minutes in-game," and could reward players for completing them with Buff Points that can be exchanged for rewards.

» Eager to learn more? See our guide to Buff Points

What Data Does Buff Take and Why?

Since Buff can track things like when players are logging into their games, spending time playing, and how well they perform, it also means we have information that big game platforms such as Epic Games, Steam, Blizzard, and Origin are all interested in to improve the quality of their games. This data is then exchanged for gift cards and other deals that we can offer to players to create incentives for gamers to keep playing. Our revenue comes from running ads and providing premium subscriptions.


There's a lot of misconception around Buff because it really does seem too good to be true. Despite the many skeptical opinions people have to offer online about Buff, the truth is that Buff is basically just a stat-tracker middleman that rewards you for playing and doing well in the games you love. If you're already playing games that we integrate with, why not give it a try? You've got nothing to lose.

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