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$400k And Years Of Harassment: Tyler Shultz Tells Us What He Went Through To Expose Elizabeth Holmes

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After John Carreyrou’s book, an Alex Gibney documentary, an episode of 20/20, and multiple podcasts and articles, it wouldn’t be crazy to think that the story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos has been pretty well covered. That would be true for most stories, but Theranos, seemingly the perfect nexus of unchecked crony-capitalism and Silicon Valley’s techno-utopianist cult of buzzword libertarians, isn’t most stories. A personal angle always adds perspective, especially when that person is Tyler Shultz, one of Theranos’s first and arguably its most prominent whistleblower.

Shultz, the grandson of Theranos board member and former secretary of state under Reagan, George Shultz, had little to gain, and almost everything to lose in 2014, when he brought his concerns about the company he worked for first to a regulatory body and later to Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou. Carreyrou broke the story in a bombshell investigative series that he turned into book (I interviewed him here). This week, Shultz, now 30, Carreyrou’s most important on-the-record source, tells his own story firsthand in Audible’s new podcast, Thicker Than Water: The Untold Story Of The Theranos Whistleblower.

Revelations from Shultz and others, that Theranos was a $10 billion company whose central product (blood testing machines that were hyped as being able to perform a battery of tests using only a drop of blood) didn’t work, ended up taking down the company. Theranos’s eccentric CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, with her canned anecdotes and thousand-yard stare, a Frankenstein’s monster seemingly fabricated from inspirational quote books and pop biographies of Steve Jobs to bilk money from starry-eyed old men like Shultz’s grandfather, is currently awaiting trial.

Yet for all that to happen, a number of people, and Shultz especially, had to act almost perfectly against their own interests. It would’ve been so much easier to just shut up and go along, or quietly get a new job, than try to expose a deep-pocketed company that had effectively turned his aged grandfather against him. Not only did Tyler’s parents have to spend $400,000 to $500,000 of their own money on lawyers, Theranos’s own lawyers, led by the (in)famous David Boies, seemed to be using some of the same hardball tactics Boies had used in defending Harvey Weinstein, which in that case included hiring Black Cube, a “secretive investigative agency that used undercover operatives” (per the New York Times).

Shultz believes he had private investigators tailing him for more than a year. In one instance, one of Shultz’s lawyers had their car broken into and notes from their private meeting were stolen. Throughout the story, two huge hypotheticals echo through your brain: What would’ve happened if Tyler Shultz hadn’t been in the almost cosmically unique position of being able to defend himself? And, if I were Shultz, would I have put myself through all this grief just to expose the truth?

I talked to Shultz this week about his motives, Elizabeth’s voice, what his grandfather saw in Theranos, and what it was like being on an island.

So I take it your parents didn’t actually end up selling the house. How much do you think they ended up having to spend on lawyers?

We ended up spending, I think it was between $400,000 and $500,000 in lawyers. Thank God, they did not have to sell their house. That was really a situation specific to me actually going to court. We were told that if I was sued and I did have to go into a courtroom to fight this thing out, a good case scenario would be we spend $2 million and win. A bad case scenario would be obviously worse than that. Luckily, it didn’t come to that. So no, they still have their house that they’ve had for 30 years now, the house that I grew up in.

And that was in Los Gatos?

Yeah. Down in Los Gatos.

Talk about some of the harassment that Theranos was doing to you.

They bullied me around in a variety of different ways. One of the big ones was I felt I was entrapped in my grandfather’s home. They had lawyers hiding upstairs that I did not know were there when I went to go have an open, honest conversation with my grandfather, and then those lawyers were kind of sprung on me as a bit of a surprise. Then they had private investigators following me. I received a tip that, whether I was aware of it or not, that I was being watched about 80 to 90% of the time that I was in public places. Then probably about a year after that, I met up with John Carreyrou, for the first time in a very long time, on the Stanford campus. The Theranos lawyers let me know, I think just a few days afterwards, that they were aware that I was in contact with the reporter again. So I reached out to John, I said, “Hey, did you tell Theranos that we’re talking again?” And of course he said no. I don’t know how else they would have known that I had a lunch with the reporter unless they had someone watching either him or I. So we’re talking for a fairly long period of time someone was being followed.

It seems like it’s a pattern for Boies and his law firm. Is there any legal recourse for that? Are law firms just allowed to send private investigators to harass private citizens if they want?

Unfortunately, I think it is not. My understanding is that whatever you do in public, anyone can watch you. So it’s not illegal to hire private investigators to follow somebody around and watch where they go. Yeah, it’s kind of crazy, but I don’t think that it’s actually illegal.

I guess the big question is, if you hadn’t been in this incredibly unique position of having a board member in your family and being able to pay for all these legal fees, does Theranos ever get caught? If they don’t, what are the consequences?

They definitely would have gotten caught sooner or later. I probably expedited things, but they were in the process of really expanding their testing services and patients were already getting incorrect results, so I think the medical community was kind of on their trail already. When I left Theranos and I went and got a new job, I remember the COO telling me that they had a stack of resumes from people trying to leave Theranos this high. Then at one of my first lunches at that company, I sat down, and there was an employee there who was like, “Oh, where’d you come from?” I said, “Theranos.” And he just goes, “I could bullshit forever too if I had a board like that.”

[At one point, Theranos’s “all-star board” included William Perry (former U.S. Secretary of Defense), Henry Kissinger (former U.S. Secretary of State), Sam Nunn (former U.S. Senator), Bill Frist (former U.S. Senator and heart-transplant surgeon), Gary Roughead (Admiral, USN, retired), James Mattis (General, USMC), Richard Kovacevich (former Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO) and Riley Bechtel (chairman of the board and former CEO at Bechtel Group)]

When the Edison machine was like finally revealed to you, I got the sense that it was like when Scientologists finally get to that level when the whole story gets revealed, and they’re like, “…Wait, this is it?” What were the most absurd examples of what you guys were having to do to make these things work?

Oh my God. So, I mean, the list is fairly long. Tight off the bat, you could tell that this thing does not do hundreds of tests from a single drop of blood. This device can only run one test at a time. So if you came in and ordered 300 tests, even if those tests could be run on the Theranos platform, you’d have to run them on 300 different devices. And then on top of that, you can tell that there’s nothing revolutionary about it. There’s no microfluidics. There was no revolutionary signal transduction method. It was just a pipette inside of a box. And even though it was that simple, it didn’t work that well. When you’re pipetting in really small amounts, you need to be very accurate or you’ll end up with a lot of variation. And my understanding was that the Theranos device wasn’t accurate enough to do those small pipetting steps. So we had to run the samples through a third-party piece of equipment that we bought from a company called Tecan. It’s basically this fancy pipetting robot that would do that first pipetting dilution step, and then we would put it into the Theranos device. So it wasn’t even a standalone platform.

So, we would have problems where the door wouldn’t close. You’d stick the cartridge in and the door wouldn’t shut, so we would literally tape the door shut. I don’t think we ever tested to see whether or not the taped devices worked as well as the ones that were not taped. Then there was a barcode scanner in there that would scan a barcode on the cartridge, and it would know what tests to run, but oftentimes that barcode scanner wouldn’t work. So I would peel the barcodes off of the cartridges and put them on a pair of scissors and stick it into the device and kind of wiggle it around until it would finally scan.

They were also very temperature sensitive. They would complain that they were too hot. You’re on a schedule and you’re trying to get these experiments done, and I would actually just open the door and wave with my hand to try to cool it off. But it seemed like there was a delay between the thermometer and actual temperature, so it would immediately go from too hot to too cold. So then you’d have to shut the door and wait for it to heat up. If it took too long to heat up, we had these little kind of like blanket things in the lab that you would put over the machine to warm it back up.

The tips on the pipettes were constantly falling off. And they could get stuck in the gears and then it would jam. So we had, I think it was either literally a clothes-hanger or something very similar to a clothes-hanger that we had around, where you could kind of reach into the bottom of the Edisons and fish out the pipette tips that had fallen off.

It was such a disaster that I always thought that if we ever had to go to court, like if they sued me for violating trade secrets or whatever, I was going to demand that if this thing worked in a medevac helicopter it should work in that courtroom. The judge should prick his finger, and in four hours he should get 300 test results downloaded to his phone. And if it didn’t work, I should be able to leave. If Theranos was real, they could have proven it. In my mind, it was so easy to see if it worked or not. It’s amazing that here we are in 2020, and the story is seemingly still ongoing, you know? Elizabeth is still walking around a free woman.

How much of her success do you think came from being an old person’s vision of a young person?

What do you mean?

I mean, you had that scene in the podcast where it’s her birthday or something. And everyone there is over 50. It kind of seems like she was what an old person wanted to think a young person was like.

Yes. Well, I think Elizabeth represented a lot of good things. She represented the future, one that was… the future is female, you know? She embodied that. She was super sharp. She was a Stanford dropout. She fit all the criteria of being a Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. She was very charismatic. She was, quote-unquote “doing well by doing good.” So in some ways, she would be even above a Mark Zuckerberg. How much good does a Facebook really do versus how much good could Theranos do? So, she just had an amazing story that I think hooked a lot of people, and that included older men, who were probably also a little bit extra enchanted by the blonde hair, the blue eyes and kind of the attention they were getting from this young up-and-coming entrepreneur.

What about the voice? I know John Carreyrou hinted that the deep voice might be a put on.

I don’t know. I never heard her really slip out of that voice. Occasionally, if she were laughing at something and trying to talk at the same time, her voice did seem to maybe revert to a higher pitch, but, really, I don’t know for sure if the voice is fake or not. Her younger brother has maybe the deepest voice I’ve ever heard in my life, so it wouldn’t surprise me if Elizabeth’s voice also skewed that direction. But I wouldn’t be surprised either way. I am starting to wonder if she really speaks Mandarin though. I’m questioning that one.

The big sticking point between you and your grandfather was him wanting you to sign the affidavit that said that you had never talked to the Wall Street Journal after you already had. They were trying to catch you in perjury, essentially. Do you think that there was a real threat of them actually using that to charge you? Or was that just something that they were using to discredit John Carreyrou? I other words, were they just trying to get you to sign that so they could say like, “Oh, John Carreyrou invented this source and so all of his reporting is in dispute?”

Probably both. I think that if I had signed that document and lied under penalty of perjury, that would have been fantastic ammunition for them on many different fronts. Either they could come after me personally, or they could have used that to discredit me as a source and discredit the Wall Street Journal’s reporting. Looking back, that’s one of the best decisions I made, not signing that despite being under immense pressure to.

It seems like all the incentives were in place for you to just go along. Do you think that contributes to the cultishness of tech? Because everyone’s incentive was just to either believe in this or pretend to. And to go against it seemed like it would just get you nothing but trouble.

I mean, they were bullies. To go against them, they would just cause trouble for you. Right after that first Wall Street Journal came out, Elizabeth went on Mad Money, and I think we have a clip of this in the Audible Original. But she says that all of the sources have said that the Journal misquoted them or they demanded payment from Theranos just to have a conversation. She sounds very convincing, but what she doesn’t say is the circumstances under which those people retracted their statements. It was people like me, who all of a sudden were fighting David Boies and had no legal counsel, who were thrown into a situation they never anticipated being in, who were put under extreme pressure and felt like their livelihoods were endangered. And then they may have retracted their statements. I don’t know all the sources, and I don’t know who retracted or who didn’t, but knowing the circumstances I was under, I can only imagine that the circumstances were similar for other sources. Yeah. They were bullies, and they got away with being bullies for a really long time.

What were your grandfather’s incentives? You kind of went against your incentives because you felt it was right. But his incentive seems to be to just keep pretending everything was great. What were all the forces there that were pushing him in that direction?

One, I think was just pride. And I remember in one instance, him telling me that he was 90-years-old and he had seen a lot of stuff and he knew what he was looking at. Basically, he was saying, he’s been right so many times that it’s impossible for him to be wrong at this point in his life. Another part of it was that he was infatuated by Elizabeth. He really treated her like she was part of the family. She was coming to Christmas celebrations, birthday celebrations. He would invite her to Family Day at his fancy country club. They were very, very close, but I think that was also part of it. And then the other piece of it was financial incentive. I know that at one time he told his family that he had created a trust fund for his great-grandchildren, who would be my children, who do not exist by the way, that consisted 100% of Theranos stock. So there’s a trust fund for my future children somewhere with 500,000 shares of Theranos stock in it. I was definitely financially incentivized to make Theranos a success. My grandfather was definitely financially incentivized to make Theranos a success. But I think he had much more invested than just that trust fund.

How’s your grandpa doing now?

He’s doing great. He definitely sees that he was lied to by Elizabeth. He definitely is proud of me for doing what I did. He’s in good health for someone who is about to turn 100-years-old in a few months. I think just like everyone, he and his wife are getting antsy sheltering in place in California. But overall, he’s still working, he recently published a book. He does Zoom calls. He used to go into work at the Hoover Institute every day. Now he has someone come in and set up his computer so he can do Zoom calls all day long. So in a lot of ways, he’s just like you and me, chugging along, doing Zoom calls every day.

My grandpa’s going to be 103 in December, and he’s definitely not doing any Zoom calls.

Oh my God. That’s wild. Hopefully, you got those genes.

Tyler Shultz’s Audible Original, ‘Thicker Than Water,’ premieres August 4th. Vince Mancini is on Twitter.

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How Las Vegas became the world’s casino capital

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These days, it’s impossible to think of Las Vegas without the image of the lights on the strip and glamorous casinos coming to mind. But the Vegas we know of 2020 wasn’t always that way; and it took a long, long time to get its reputation for being the world’s casino capital. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and get to the root of how Las Vegas became the city that never sleeps.

A historical journey

It’s hard to believe these days, but the Las Vegas region was once an abundant marshland stock full of rich vegetation. That is, until the marsh receded, and the waters disappeared, transforming the landscape into a desert, with the trapped water underground sprouting life and forming an oasis.

It was during the 19th century that the explorer Antonio Armijo from Mexico foraged the way from New Mexico to California on the first commercial caravan. It was a member of the group, Rafael Rivera who rode west to find water and venture through the desert, setting his eyes upon Las Vegas Springs. Las Vegas was therefore named ‘the meadows’ after the grasses found growing there.

Years went on and both Mormon and Mexican settlers began to filter through. In 1890 it was decided by railroad developers that Las Vegas would serve as a spot along the San Pedro, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles railroad route as well as connecting to major cities along the Pacific Coast. From there on, Vegas boomed with stores, boarding houses and saloons popping up around the area. This was the beginning of the Las Vegas as we know it — with railroad workers and ranchers enjoying the gambling and drinking through illegal speakeasies and bootleg casinos operating despite the ban on gambling in Nevada in 1910.

In 1931 gambling once again became legal in the state, with new casinos and showgirl venues opening up along Fremont Street to entertain the thousands of workers who flocked the city during the construction of the Hoover Dam. The first hotel, El Rancho Vegas, opened up in 1941 along Highway 91. Its success inspired others to open up their own hotels along the highway which would one day become the strip. Tourists began to flock to the city over the next few decades to enjoy the casino scene and see incredible artists like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra perform.

The birth of the mega resort

It was in 1966 the businessman Howard Hughes purchased the Desert Inn hotel; this was followed by over a dozen more hotel purchases, pushing out the mobster-owned hotels that had previously dominated Las Vegas. The concept of the mega hotel came about in 1989 when Steve Wynn opened the Mirage as the first hotel resort in the city. By 1994, Las Vegas was the home of more than 86,000 hotel and motel rooms with 13 of the 20 largest mega resort hotels in the world. It was during this era that the Strip became populated with more hotels and casinos, with developments inspired by the iconic cities and countries of the globe including Egypt, Paris, New York and Rome.

Las Vegas in the 21st century

The Las Vegas of today is well and truly established as a home for entertainment and casinos — which remain the biggest source of income for the city. However, there’s no doubt that Vegas faces more competition than ever before from the virtual world, with more people than ever before opting to play at an online casino, rather than play in the old fashioned way, but Vegas will always have the advantage. For many, it’s a once in a lifetime trip that an online casino can’t replicate, but do the online equivalents help to increase interest in Vegas?

The bright lights of Vegas is attracting billions of dollars in investment as many try and get a slice of the revenue that the sector has to offer. During 2019 over 42.52 million people came to visit Las Vegas from all around the world. Domestically, it was shown to be the second most popular destination for U.S. traveller’s dream spots after New York.

These days, Las Vegas continues to thrive and be a source of entertainment for millions of visitors from around the world looking to experience what the city has to offer. With new generations becoming interested in casino games — and some incredible musical residencies continuing to be announced — Las Vegas surely will continue to be one best places to go for a unforgettable dream destination for many.

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Land-Based Casinos

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What can people find at some of the biggest land-based casinos in Canada? From Niagara Falls to Toronto, there is something for everyone at casinos in Canada, including table games, slots, roulette, blackjack, and other games. There are also many poker and blackjack tournaments held throughout the year and it is easy to find jackpots or slots with free spins at the casinos. Many casinos also have hotels, bars, and numerous restaurants which are perfect for players seeking some comfort. A relaxing casino experience for all ages can be found in many different places in Canada. Choose one from below.

Choosing a casino depends on your tastes and location within Canada. Do you want to experience the grandeur and splendour of nature while placing a bet? Then head to Niagara Falls. Do you want to see a show? Choose a casino with a show that will be perfect for you. If you are looking for pure relaxation, then check out some of the casinos with spas and world-class dining. Entertainment is also a large part of the casino experience in Canada. Musicians, bands, comedians, and other types of entertainment continue to be found at all of the biggest casinos.

Some Big Casinos Near Nature

Casino Niagara is located in one of the most beautiful places in Canada and the world. People from all around the globe come to experience the best of both worlds at Casino Niagara. Players have access to beauty and scenery while spending time at one of the biggest casinos in Canada. The casino has two floors with over 1200 slot machines, poker, and other table games. There are also many different restaurants and even a comedy club. The sports bar and casino was refurbished back in 2017, meaning that it has not lost any of its charm and shine.

ST Eugene Golf Resort: Casino of the Rockies is a golf and nature lovers’ paradise. The location could not be any more splendid. People can find the casino between the Rockies and Purcell Mountains. Furthermore, the casino has an interesting history after it was converted from an Indian Residential School. It was then opened in the early 2000s. St Eugene has table games, electronic roulette, baccarat, and blackjack. There is also a golf course, restaurant, bar, spa, and hotel that is highly rated in Canada. Overall games are limited so most people come for golfing and betting fun.

Caesars Windsor is famously located on the riverbank in Windsor, Ontario. Visitors from both Canada and the States frequent the casino and hotel. Players can see the Detroit and Michigan skyline from the area. There are two floors of slots, table games, and plenty of poker tables. Blackjack, baccarat, and roulette are also available at the casino. It has beautiful restaurants, a gym, bars, slots, and live sports. Check out the Titan 360™, a 10-foot tall slot machine with 5800 pounds of wins at the click of a button. It’s the largest slot machine in the world and great fun.

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River Rock Casino Resort – In Transit

Are you passing through Vancouver Airport and have a long transit? Hire a cab and spend some time enjoying slot machines at River Rock Casino Resort. There are slots galore and the different themes make it an enjoyable visit for all. There is even a Dungeons and Dragons slot for gamers. A fourteen-table game room can be found at the casino and international poker tournaments are held regularly. Other features include a VIP area, spa, live music, 24-hour food and drink, as well as other entertainment. Richmond is also worth a quick visit, especially for some delicious seafood.

Casino de Montreal – The Big Gun

Casino de Montreal is 526,488 square feet of casino excitement. The casino has around 20 thousand visitors each day and is one of the biggest casinos on the globe. If you are still unconvinced about the size of the place, then imagine five floors of slots and table games. 3,000 machines and 111 table games make the casino seem even more mammoth. Casino de Montreal games can be played in a smoke-free environment and many players comment on the user-friendly games and helpful staff. Complimentary drinks and top-rated gourmet food is all part of the experience at Casino de Montreal.

Hard Rock Casino – Another Big One

Hard Rock Casino is another large casino located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The casino is over 80,000 square feet, making it a big one in Canada. Hard Rock has gaming tables, slots, baccarat and a poker room. The casino includes 70 casino tables and 1,000 slots. Private rooms and high roller areas are also available. However, the Hard Rock name is known for excellent food and this is what people love about this casino. Many players comment on the quality of the food here. It even has a 1,000 seat theatre, making it great for dining and a show.

Elements Casino Brantford – Enjoy High Culture

Elements Casino Brantford is a historical gem for culture in Ontario. It is a charity casino that was established last century. It includes the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, which is a high society entertainment venue in Ontario. The centre is well known to performing arts enthusiasts in Ontario and Canada. Players come to see a show, enjoy some gourmet food and a game. The casino also has plenty of slots, table games, blackjack, baccarat, sic bo, three card poker, roulette, and other games. There is also a 14-table Texas Hold ‘Em poker room. Enjoy all the excitement.

River Cree Resort and Casino – Sports Lovers

River Cree Resort and Casino is a sport and gaming venue located in Edmonton that should not be overlooked. It has 39 tables of various money limits and over 1,000 slots. There are also a few different places to dine while enjoying a bet and other things to experience. There is a fitness centre, spa and a 200 room resort. However, the most interesting feature of this casino is the two hockey rinks, which are often used by the Edmonton Oilers for practice. It is possible to watch the team practice and go for a meal and some gaming fun.

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Top 8 Online Games That Kids Can Play Without Much Parental Supervision

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The gaming industry has been quite widespread since its inception. With the advent of globalisation and technology, this industry is reaching new heights. Kids these days are more inclined to the internet than they are to books. 

The internet has more information about everything than anywhere else and is very easily accessible. This further makes some parental control necessary. Most parents are worried about their kids playing violent video games that can further affect their mental health. 

Nevertheless, you cannot stop a kid from finding ways to log in to the internet, nor can you keep them away from playing video games. You can always supervise them on their media consumption. But that also gets tiresome after a point. This is when it gets necessary for you to introduce them to games that are not only kid-friendly but are also of their liking. 

If you are in a similar situation, looking for a way out, this article will surely help. Further mentioned are a few games that you can let your kid play while you concentrate on your work and well-being.  

1. Gummy Drop

Finding games that you can let your kids play without supervision is quite a task. With games like Gummy Drop, you do not have to worry one bit. With beautiful graphics and interesting gameplay, it does not take long for your kid to get hooked to the game. 

With new cities and interesting content being added almost every day, this 3 puzzle game is a good choice for your kids to play. It also connects to your Facebook account, letting you play with your other friends. It is also a nice way for your kids to improve their general knowledge and problem-solving skills. 

2. Skribbl

If you were a fan of Pictionary when you were growing up, you should definitely introduce your kids to this game. While the rules of Pictionary remain the same, this game improves on the visual aspect. With all of their friends in the same server, your kid can easily get hooked to this game. 

Easy and fun to play – once the server is set up, each player will get a word that they have to draw on the screen. The motive of the game is to help the other players guess your word. Each round chooses players at random. While it is advised that you use a tablet and a stylus to play this, you can always sketch with your finger. 

3. Ludo Supreme

A classic in every sense of the word, online ludo needs no introduction. There are some new features that are added in the game version of this app. It lets you connect to your Paytm account and earn real money while playing the game. 

Along with such amazing features, you can also play it for fun with your family or friends. It has other versions as well that come in different languages, especially in India, given the diverse nature of the country. You can download the LUDO for your android phones

4. Houseparty

There is no doubt that Houseparty has been one of the most popular downloads this pandemic. This is a networking app that lets you add as many as seven friends and play different games face-to-face via video calls. 

The novel approach of phone gaming made this a very widely chosen app. While playing games with your friends is always fun, this app lets you see and talk to them as well. Some of the most played games in this app include Heads Up!, Chips and Guac, Trivia and Quick Draw. With such amazing features and games, this is a worthwhile download for your kid. 

5. Monopoly

Monopoly is a very interesting game, which you can get your kids. Along with being fun, it can be played by any age group and is always stimulating your brain. This board game is an all-time classic that is now available on mobile platforms. 

The good thing about it being on the phone is that now your kids can play it with their friends as well, and all from the convenience of your home. 

6. Rocket League

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to play soccer but with cars, this game is exactly that. You get to pick a car at the beginning of the game in an oversized field with an oversized ball. Then start the five-minute matches where you have to score goals against them. 

To make it even more fun, this game allows the player to add up to three friends on the same server. It also has options where you can choose between casual play and ranked online play. Nevertheless, in both gameplays, you can earn new cosmetic looks for the car and get a chance to score more goals. 

7. UNO

Another all-time classic, UNO has been a very celebrated game all these years. The original company of UNO came out with the online version that is available on both iOS and Android devices. Since they are the copyright holders, you already know, the gameplay cannot get any better than this. 

Nevertheless, since it is a multiplayer game, you can play it both against your friends or strangers. It’s fun aesthetics, and new rules make it more interesting. It now has different modes of play and tournaments as well. You can also partner up and play 2v2 to win together. With servers available all around the world, you can connect to anyone you know. 

8. Guess The Word

Very obvious from the name itself, this game is known to be one of the most popular downloads in this list. It not only helps your kids spend some unsupervised time with themselves but also ensures that they learn new things in the process. 

The game contains different levels which get harder as your kid progresses, further making it more interesting and attractive. If you have some free time on your hands, you can also jump in and play with your kids.

Final Thoughts

So, these are the 8 games that kids of all ages can play without any tension. Above all, parents don’t have to panic or keep an eye on them all the time. 

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