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South Africa’s online investment platform EasyEquities is giving investors from around the world an insight into investing in US stocks. Their #playintheusa game, which did go live yesterday, invites players to invest, learn and test drive their upcoming US stocks and exchange traded funds (ETF) platform, which includes hugely popular brands like Facebook, Tesla, Amazon, Alphabet and Nike.

Pre-registration until yesterday allows players to invite their friends to battle out the referral leaderboard for a chance to win an iPhone and 1 Apple share.

Throughout the game, players can win their share of more than $15000 (R197000) in prizes, including a trip for two to the USA.

When EasyEquities asked their fast growing and engaged local community of more than 50000 investors, which names they wanted to see on the new US platform, they went crazy on Twitter talking about their favourite stock picks.

The top 10 brand mentions were: Tesla; Apple; Alphabet; Berkshire Hathaway; Facebook; Amazon; Microsoft; Nvidia; Coke and Johnson & Johnson.

Anyone can sign up to #playintheusa by visiting and referring friends.

Follow EasyEquities on Twitter and Facebook if you want in on some larger than life daily & weekly giveaways. Players will use the $10000 in their EasyEquities US$ demo account to invest in US stocks, using the EasyEquities blog, research and community to help with their investment picks.

Full game rules, prizes and qualifying criteria can be found on