Whether it's playing cards, board games or video games, billions of people allocate their leisure time to gaming. The problem is, the average person is working harder than ever which means that they can't spend nearly enough time with the games that they love...
Wouldn't it be great if, instead of working for a living and gaming in your spare time, you could game for a living? Today, that dream is 100% attainable!
There are a number of ways that people make money playing games both online and in-person. In this article, we share some of the most popular and most lucrative professional gaming avenues that are out there.
1. Sample Apps Through Reward Sites
Thousands of new games get released in app stores every year. Given that high volume of releases, most apps get ignored by consumers.
In an effort to drum up momentum for their games, developers pay websites like Swagbucks and InboxDollars to find people to test out their games. Those testers play developer's games for a few hours and share their honest feedback.
If testing out people's games in exchange for money sounds good to you, head over to one of the websites that we mentioned and start playing!
2. Put Your Luck to Work in Casinos
A countless amount of people gamble every year and collectively lose billions of dollars doing so.
Losing a ton of cash playing games is counterproductive to the premise of our post which is how to make money playing games, so allow us to condition those losses by saying that many people do lead successful gambling careers.
The key is to master a game that features good odds (blackjack for example).
If you're looking for a simpler gambling vehicle, there are lottery numbers that you can find out here which could make you a millionaire within the week if luck is on your side.
3. Build Success in Second Life
Second Life is a MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) that has revolutionized the way that people interact with video games. The game literally presents players with the opportunity to create a whole existence for themselves in a digital world.
You can buy land, develop real estate, get married, become a rock star and do any number of other things that you could do in real life. As you accomplish things in Second Life, you'll generate an income which you can exchange for real-life money.
4. Compete in Tournaments
Are you awesome at a competitive game like Call of Duty, Super Smash Bros. or Rocket League? If you are, you can take those skills and put them to work in tournaments both online and offline.
Tournaments for big titles happen on an annual basis and are sponsored by massive companies like Blizzard, Steam, and Sony. Other smaller tournaments take place online year-round so there's always an opportunity to buy into a prize pool.
5. Live Stream Competitive Gameplay on Twitch
Millions of people make money playing games by streaming themselves on Twitch. For the uninitiated, Twitch is a gaming platform that's owned by Amazon where players broadcast their attempts at mastering popular titles.
Audience members can donate money as they watch people play on Twitch which, for popular streamers, can be an extremely lucrative arrangement.
Popular Twitch streams feature people playing Minecraft, Fortnite and Rocket League.
6. Play Games While Providing Commentary on YouTube
If you're not great at a game competitively but still want to make money playing games, you could put your comedic timing to work rather than your gaming skills.
There's a huge movement on YouTube where people play games while providing entertaining commentary. YouTube personalities like PewDiePie have made millions of dollars in the commentary space and with the right personality and a ton of persistence, you can too!
7. Test Major Titles for Bugs
All major video game developers have what are called "Quality Assurance Teams" (or QA teams for short) that test titles as they're being developed. The purpose of this testing is to make sure that everything works so games don't get shipped broken to consumers.
QA jobs are available both online and in-person. These jobs require note-taking and high attention to detail which might not be every gamer's strong suit.
8. Tutor Other Players
You might be shocked to find out that people make money playing games by teaching others how to get better at them.
As a video game tutor, you'll either meet up with students in their homes or online. Tutors charge by the hour and depending on how many clients you have, you might be able to generate a full-time income off of imparting your skills onto aspiring gaming professionals.
9. Review Games on Your Blog
If you like writing as much as you love games, you could write reviews about games on an income-generating blog.
Video games represent a steep investment these days at about $60.00 a pop. To make sure that they don't spend money on a bad title, gamers rely heavily on reviews before making a purchase decision which means that your blog would have serious audience potential.
The bigger that you get as a video game blogger the more companies will take notice of you. Some might even start sending you their titles for free to write pieces on.
Make Money Playing Games and Start Living the Life of Your Dreams
If your dream is to make money playing games there has been no better time in history to do that than right now! Figure out which of our suggestions sound the best to you and start building your career as a gaming professional.
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