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August 28, 2018
Are you or is someone you know an avid gamer? Have your parents told you it’s time to get a job? Did you know you may be able to put your gaming skills to work for you? There are teens just like you that are making money playing video games. If you can make it work, you may never have to leave your room again … except for meals and a shower. The question is, how are they doing it? It’s not as simple as sitting down and playing and the money just comes rolling into your bank account. There are several different ways people are making money off of gaming: the first and most likely way is producing the game. If you can write code, have a creative mind and know what people want, this may be the easiest approach. The only problem is after it is designed, you still have to sell it; that’s where the money comes in.
The next one isn’t as easy as it sounds. It is live-stream gaming and it is exactly what it sounds like. You live-stream your game play. Now, how does this turn into income? You get an audience to pay a subscription fee or make donations for watching. Chances are it won’t be enough money to survive on for very long. When the money really starts to add up is when you have enough followers to sell advertising on a live feed. That requires 1000s of followers and can take months to a year or more. Chances are you will want to eat during that time, so another income will be helpful. If that doesn’t sound like a good option, look into writing guides. Noobs don’t know how the game works and are looking for quick insight, so the game is more enjoyable. The catch is there are a lot of guides out there. Yours will need to provide better, more intriguing insight so people want your guide over all of your competitors. Plus, you’ll need better than average writing skills. Once your guide(s) are written post them to a Web site. You can either require they pay to download or go with the more likely option … advertisers! If enough people want your guides, advertisers will want exposure on your site.
If you want to go beyond writing guides, maybe a gaming journalist is the gig for you. The challenge is finding a media outlet that needs someone to cover gaming full-time. If you do, you have a steady paycheck and can do what you love. Podcasts are the most convenient way to share a message. Do a weekly podcast. Get gaming experts to come on and talk about the tips and tricks of the game of the week. Once you have 1000s of listeners, you can again, you guessed it … sell advertising! The next option requires that you are the best of the best. It is competitive gaming. It is just what it sounds like. Enter tournaments and compete for cash prizes. The challenge here is everyone in the tournament is as good as or better than you. Your problem is beating them, so you can leave with prize money. Last, but not least, be a game tester or a beta tester. It can be very mundane work, but you will be playing the games before they even hit the market. You will always know the next hot thing before anyone else, so it has its perks. The downside is low pay. It pays minimum wage or slightly more. So there are your options? Is one of them the right fit for you? If not, there are a lot of other non-gaming options to consider. Good luck in finding your passion and making a living at it.
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