If you’re like me, you probably love playing games. I have been playing games for 10 years now, and it is nice seeing that I can monetize my hobby. But even if you just started playing games, or have been playing for a long time, you can still make money from this. So if you like the idea of playing games for money, and games that pay real money, stick until the end.
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So, without further ado, let’s get into it:
1. Video Game Content Creator(Youtuber)
As a video game YouTuber, you can create videos like:
- Game Tutorials
- Games playthroughs
- Game Reviews
- Talk about PC builds
Game tutorials are great for newbies, as you can guide them through the game’s basic mechanics, by simply watching a video.
The next option is game playthroughs. Many gaming YouTube channels focus on this, so you might need to come up with something original in order to catch the attention of the viewer. You can do this even if you don’t want to show your face or speak. A good example is MKIceAndFire. He makes faceless and voiceless playthroughs of games and is estimated to make $5.2K – $82.6K per month and $62K – $991.6K per year, according to Social Blade.
Game reviews are an excellent choice when talking about gaming content creation. If you played a game, you already have an impression of how good is the story, gameplay, sound, and so on, so why not share it with the world? It might help some people who are wondering if that game is worth buying. Take as an example gameranx’ youtube series, “Before you buy”. A series in which they review newly launched games. They get hundreds of thousands and even millions of views on each video.
If you’re a computer “nerd”, then maybe you can talk about the best PC build for specific tasks/games.
2. Live streamer
If recording and editing videos does not sound appealing to you, you can try live streaming. As a streamer, it’s your job to entertain and look after your community.
The good news is that the barrier to entry is low but if you’re starting out with streaming you will not earn much straight away as you must build up an audience first. There are 3 main platforms on which you can stream:
The best one, in my opinion, is Twitch. It has been in business for years now, and it only continues to grow in popularity. So how much money can you make on Twitch? Well, it really depends on your audience, but top streamers make even 1 million dollars per year. Of course, you need to be consistent in streaming to earn that kind of money. You can make money on Twitch, through paid subscribers, receiving bits, playing ads, and donations, and as I said, the bigger the audience you have, the more money you can make.
The second best platform is YouTube. On YouTube, you can make money through donations, views, and activating the “join” option for your viewers, which works in a similar way with Twitch’s paid subscribers.
And the third best platform is TikTok. You can be live on Twitch/Youtube and on TikTok at the same time. You may find people that donate to you through TikTok, or people that come watch your stream on your main platform.
3. Compete in gaming tournaments
If you’re good at a competitive game such as CS:GO, Fortnite, League Of Legends, Minecraft, FIFA, or Overwatch, then this is the thing for you. You don’t need to be an eSports legend to take part in video game tournaments across the country. Being a competitor usually means that you’re tackling the competition at smaller tournaments held at conventions or online.
So, how much money can you actually make? It depends on how popular the event is and what place you rank.
How can you make money from gaming tournaments?
- Winning or placing a good rank
- Sponsorships such as drinks or business
- Selling merchandise relevant to you or your team
4. Gaming Blog
This is one of the best methods to make money with gaming. Even I have a blog where I write game reviews and news! It may be a bit costly to set up a blog, but you can always choose a free domain and hosting service, such as WordPress. With this method, you can make even millions. You can make money through ads, sponsorships, subscriptions, and affiliate links.
5. Video Games Podcaster
One of the most rewarding ways to make money playing video games is through podcasting. Your knowledge of the game is part of the experience. Podcasters earn on average $42 per hour or up to as much as $79, according to ZipRecruiter. How much you earn depends on a few factors such as how many people listen to the podcast, how many members your team has(the more members, the less money you get), if you have a sponsor, and so on. The main ways of earning money through podcasts are getting sponsors, getting donations, paid subscriptions, affiliate marketing, and bonus premium content.
6. Game Bodyguard
A game bodyguard is like a real-life bodyguard in that it’s their job is to keep their client safe while they play video games like Escape from Tarkov, and pretty much any game that has the danger of being hurt/killed.
Tasks as a game bodyguard include:
- Guiding the player through the game
- Making sure the player survives
- Protecting the player from enemies
It’s hard to estimate how much money you can make with this method since it’s not a common job, but you can price it at around 20$ per hour. And if you’re looking for places to get clients, you can try platforms such as Fiverr and Upwork.
7. Game Coach
One of the coolest ways to start earning money by playing video games is by coaching your favorite games like League of Legends or Call of Duty. But how much money can you actually make? You can charge anywhere from $30-$60 per hour, although, I recommend you start with a cheaper price so you get a good rating and win over your client’s trust.
You can start being a Game Coach on sites such as Fiverr and Upwork.
If you played a game for a long time, then you probably know most of its secrets, and the best way to play and beat it, so why not try to beat it in record time? If you check Speedrun.com, you will see that there are a lot of games ranging from Minecraft to Super Mario. So, how much can you earn with speedrunning? Well, a lot of speedrunners, use YouTube or Twitch to stream, so you can try that.
9. Game community moderator
A mod oversees or works with a team to look after a community be it answering peoples’ questions in relation to game issues or simply moderating conversations. You can be a moderator for a forum or for a discord server of a game.
As a video game translator, you can translate games into languages that you speak. You can search for this kind of jobs by contacting the developers of a game or by offering your service on Fiverr or Upwork.
11. Game Modder
As a game modder, your job is to add new content to games. A fresh breath to an old game. You can mod a game’s graphics, add mechanics, change how certain things work, and add new missions/quests. Examples of games that have the most mods are Skyrim and GTA 5.
So how can you earn money through modding? You can make your mod available only through subscription-based websites such as Patreon, or you can make the mod available for free and ask people to donate to support you.
How much money can you make as a game modder? Endless. It depends on how many people download it.
12. PC Builder
One of the most daunting things for new PC players is putting together their machines.
Helping people build their systems from scratch could be a profitable business. It’s your job to source and advise people on the best options for their budget.
How can you make money? Through freelance websites such as Fiverr or Upwork, or promoting your service on social media platforms such as Tiktok and Youtube.
How much money can you make? Around $20 per PC build.
13. Blockchain games
If you’re in the gaming community, or the crypto community, you probably know all about the growth in blockchain games that reward you with cryptocurrency.
These games also often need you to pay to play, as you earn by collecting other people’s funds. But you can also collect rewards for completing in-game tasks, selling your items (sometimes as NFTs) or winning tournaments, much like in other games.
There are plenty of blockchain games where you earn money by playing such as:
- Axie Infinity
And there are also games platforms that pay you for playing tournaments against other players.
14. Gaming Authority Website
These websites are considered the most reliable source of gaming information and entertainment. Three prime examples include:
- Giant Bomb
- Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Those sites are a mix of industry analysis, news and reviews.
You can try taking this concept, add a few extra things, and start your own Gaming Authority Website.
How much money can you make? Millions. Really. You just need a strong audience.
How can you make money? Subscriptions, premium content, donations, ads and sponsorships/affiliate marketing.
Now, I am going to show you apps that pay you to play games.
- Solitaire Cash
- Bingo cash
- Spades Cash
- Catch Em all
- Rewarded Play
These are just a few to name. There are countless apps like these, that pay you to complete in-game offers such as reaching a certain level or collecting certain items. (Note that these are just for mobile devices.)
As you’ll see there are tons of ways to make money online, and there is even opportunity to make money in the metaverse.
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