Points are counters to keep track of how well a player is doing. Points are received for certain activities or combinations of activities. Reaching a certain amount of points may give additional rewards, like more power, access to the next level, a badge, a virtual item and so on.
While points are an important counting element, players are not in the system for the points. Points are means to more intrinsic forms of rewards. Points may be motivating for some players.
- Michael Li, The Mathematics of Gamification, Foursquare Blog, Jan. 3rd, 2014.