The Uber Game

Can you make it in the gig economy?

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#1 Product of the DayOctober 07, 2017

The Uber Game is online game by The FT.

You're a full-time Uber driver with two kids to support, and a $1000 mortgage payment due in a week.

Can you earn enough to pay the bill — and make more than other players? Find out!

  • Rick Segal
    Rick SegalFormer USAF, MSFT, VC, now w/Samsung.

    Easy ability to armchair drive an uber.


    nothing material

    If you want to truly understand where the so-called 'gig economy' is going, this little simulation is for you. It's challenging and depressing all at once. Maybe people will better understand all this 'disruption' and such? Doubtful but one can hope.

    Rick Segal has used this product for one week.
  • Nathan Maas
    Nathan MaasProduct Manager | Founder

    This is really well done and clearly created with empathy


    None that I can find after a day of playing.

    Step into the life of an Uber driver - what is it like - what are your fears and concerns? Can you win?

    Nathan Maas has used this product for one day.
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Faisal Hassan
Faisal Hassan@faisal_hassanx
Lesson: Tip your drivers.
Patt-tom McDonnell
Patt-tom McDonnell@pthm_ · Engineer @ Stepsize
@faisal_hassanx Wasn't even aware there was tip functionality, Is it hidden away somewhere?
Colin Lee
Colin Lee@colinmlee · Android Engineer, Amazon
@faisal_hassanx @pthm_ Not for Uber. By choice. If drivers receive tips at all, they're cash. Lyft encourages tipping in their app though.
Faisal Hassan
Faisal Hassan@faisal_hassanx
@maggiewhite I don’t think they rolled it out nationwide yet.
Josh Beitler
Josh Beitler@joshbeitler · Product Manager @ Zonos
This is really cool - super eye opening!
Nathan Maas
Nathan MaasPro@natmaas · Product Manager | Founder
It's rare I find a product created with such a deep level of empathy and whose focus is to give insight into a perspective someone may not have thought about or experienced first hand. 🎩 Hats off to the Financial Times for making this a reality. Having talked to so many Uber/Lyft drivers about life - this is really well done! Thanks for hunting it @jaredsilver 🚗 🙌
Brian Lee
Brian Lee@kay0stheory · code monkey @ theymadethat
This is great thought provoking game. Tempts me to build a larger version with larger branching choices such as getting a university degree ie a modern version of Oregon Trail.
Ali Oral
Ali Oral@codemayhem · Software Engineer
This is absolutely one of the coolest things I've ever tried on this site. I absolutely fell in love with graphics and the info at the end (similar decisions, why you guys built this game etc.) made it even better. 5 out of 5. 10 out of 10!