How many times did your parents tell you playing video games was a waste of your time? Video games first became popular in the 80s, and ever since then there are have been millions of people enjoying this form of entertainment. Many of them would have jumped at the chance of earning money doing something they enjoyed but probably didn’t know how to do it. It’s not the easiest way of earning money, but it is possible. Here are the top five ways you can do it.
Live streaming Your Gameplay
Twitch and YouTube Gaming are two of the biggest platforms for live-streaming your gameplay. To make any money you will need to build a large audience, monetizing it with ads. It’s also possible to make money by building a loyal audience who can pay a subscription or make donations. Don’t think it will make you rich overnight and you may never get the thousands of regular viewers needed to make any money.
Beta Testing Games
Before a game is released to the public, it has to go through various stages of development. As the completion date gets nearer, the developers will look for gamers who can playtest their games. This job often means you have to find and document bugs and issues. It might seem like a glamorous job, but it can be boring. You’ll find most testing positions are for mobile games, but if you an avid gamer this could be right up your street.
Selling Games Related Items
With your knowledge and experience of gaming, and being a gamer yourself, you should know what other gaming fans want and are prepared to pay for. If you’ve got any kind of crafting skill, then all the better. Why not create game-related products to sell online from home?
Competing in Tournaments
The world of competitive gaming is very serious. If you’re lucky enough to be invited to join an eSports organization, it is possible to earn a salary you can live on. PvP games hold regular tournaments but being successful requires an awful lot of practice, and there are many pitfalls to being a competitive gamer.
Coach Other Gamers
Believe it or not, there are people that will pay for one-on-one coaching. They are usually looking for coaching to improve their game-play strategy, so they can be more successful in tournaments. There are coaches that charge upward of $150 an hour.
Before you jump headlong into one of these roles, consider why you enjoy playing games. It’s most likely because they are an escape from reality, which might not be the case if you play games for your job. The opportunities mentioned above are the best ways to enter the industry but be wary and make sure you do some research first. If you’re looking for a new career, then these can be good ways of earning a little extra pocket change, so you can keep up with the latest innovations and buy the newly released games.