7 Easy Ways to Make Money Playing Video Games at Home
Making money while playing video games is a dream of every gamer. However, it’s not that easy – you have to be good at it, and you have to possess other, non-gaming qualities. Here are the seven ways of making money out of gaming every gamer should consider.
Many large gaming studios often have job openings for game testers. Most of the time, the playtester plays the game in a pre-release state and extensively plays the game afterwards. However, there are two downsides. First, a game tester mostly searches for the bugs, so he/she can’t enjoy the game that much. Second, it’s not paid that well, especially in the beginning. But, on the other hand, they are still getting paid for playing games, which is what they enjoy the most.
Play trivia games
Playing trivia games is a great way to start, but it has the same downside as testing – a player can’t earn much money in the beginning. Also, there is usually a tax for purchasing game tokens, and it costs a few bucks. However, there are sites such as Swagbucks, Inboxdollars, Testerheld Magazin, and MyPoints where members have the opportunity to play games in exchange for points. Afterwards, a player can exchange these points for gift cards or cash. Collecting the points should not be that hard if the game is enjoyable.
Farm gold and items
The concept of farming in video games usually requires a lot of time and effort. A player has to level the character, and to earn many items and gold in the meantime, to be able to obtain a substantial amount of money out of it. But, for those people who genuinely enjoy farming more than any other aspect of the game, it could be profitable. Although there are games which ban this sort of practice, there are others, such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive, that promote earning and selling items (guns, rifles, etc.).
Live streaming on Twitch
Starting a stream on Twitch could be the nuts! Especially for streaming the most popular games such as Fortnite, LOL, DOTA 2, etc. Depending on how big their viewer base is, the streamer ends up earning a small, stable or even massive amount of money. However, there are two things to keep in mind. First, every streamer needs a high-quality gaming laptop, and investing in a quality brand from the best shop is the way to go. Keep in mind that you might risk wasting the rest of your wallet to serve your game streaming journey. In which case, careful research will help you make the right decision. By experience, I would say that investing in a high refresh rate monitor and a best-budget powerful gaming card is a MUST. Second, a great streamer has to be engaging, charismatic, and his/her commentary has to be pleasant. If it would not represent a problem for you, go for it!
Start a Youtube channel
A streamer with a solid viewer base on Twitch should turn to Youtube as soon as possible. Even without it, every entertaining gamer with the ability to engage with viewers has the potential for success on Youtube. However, playing video games is not the only type of engaging. Game reviews are also top-rated, and through them, you can build a good reputation and your opinion will be appreciated. A good reputation leads to more viewers, and a bigger viewer base leads to more ads.
Create a blog or game guide
Mastering a game is not easy. However, when a player achieves that level, he could consider creating a game guide and blog posts or even writing a small book. Although it is not such a popular form in the gaming world as Twitch or Youtube streams, it can still build a reputation and grow the fan base. Further, a bigger audience leads to more engagement and more money.
Join an Esports team
This is another thing which could be considered only at the top level of the particular game. The Esports scene is growing, especially when it comes to the most popular games. To become a pro, it’s not (always) that essential to have excellent communication skills, but your skill cap has to be the highest possible since the competition is very high and it’s growing steadily.
Playing video games is an enjoyable and relieving experience. However, making money out of it is a bit harder. But with the proper mindset and some effort, everything is possible.