Ever since I was a kid I’ve loved playing video games. Even now I load up a game on the weekends to help burn off some frustration and tension that the past week has built up. As a kid I always wondered how I could get a job playing games. Then of course I grew up a bit and ended up floating around until finally starting my own online business.
So, here are the 6 ways to earn money from gaming.
This! This is what I wanted to do as a kid, and I bet most gamers when asked would agree. Becoming a games tester actually isn’t that hard, most large game studios have openings for games testers. The position isn’t glamorous though, in fact it’s often quite the opposite. Games testers generally don’t earn that much money, which wouldn’t be an issue if the job was amazing.
#2 Farming Gold and Items
If games’ testing isn’t boring enough for you, you could always try your hand at farming in game currencies and equipment. Most games, such as World of Warcraft (WoW) actively ban this sort of practice, but some games such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CO:GO) actively allow and promote this. Depending on the game and the virtual product, earnings have the potential to be quite good.
#3 Creating Game Guides and Walkthroughs
This option is perfect if you know a game inside and out. While some gamers look down upon guides and walkthroughs as basically cheating, a lot of people love them! With a little bit of time and patience, and a good amount of knowledge you can easily create an e-book that could sell for $15 or more.
The difficulties with this option are that you need to get in there early when a game is released in order to beat the rest of the crowd. As well as that you need a place to market the product. Sure you could do it on your own site, but unless you already get traffic you will likely not sell many.
#4 Showcasing Your “Let’s Play” Videos
With the rise of streaming sites in general, more and more people are watching other people play games. This could be turned into a gold mine by streaming or posting your game play. Literally, a gold mine. Twitch’s top streamers earn over half a million dollars per month.
#5 Sell Your Characters
In MMO’s, building up characters is a large part of the game. Kitting them out in end game gear takes time, effort and a skill. What then do you do if you get bored of the game or just want to make some cash?
#6 eSports Tournaments
If you want to become famous in the community while bagging some serious and legitimate cash, then eSports are the way forward. The DOTA 2 prize pool back in 2014 was a sizable $6 million dollars, and Blizzards Hearthstone championship in 2015 had a prize pool of $250,000. The great thing about eSports is that it’s open to anyone; you simply prove your worth by beating everyone else!