Making money doing something you love really is the dream. And if you have a passion for gaming, you might well be able to turn this into a decent stream of income, whether it’s a bit of extra pocket money or a full-time job. Lots of people all over the world have already stepped into the realms of gaming for money. Many of them have gained fame and fortune simply for playing video games in their bedrooms. You can too, but it’s not as easy as you might think. It can take time before you earn anything at all, and while being a gamer is a hobby, building up a money-making venture does take work. Here are a few directions you could go in with it.
Start a YouTube or Streaming Channel
Are you naturally a chatty and charismatic person? If so, why not consider starting a YouTube or streaming channel which shows you playing or reviewing games? If you’re an avid gamer, chances are you’ll already be subscribed to lots of people who already do this, so you’ll have an idea of the format and the sort of things the audience expects. YouTubers and streamers can make big bucks; however, the competition is fierce and at this late stage (where there are already many YouTube “celebs” and famous faces) it can be hard to break in. However, it’s definitely worth a go. Not only is it fun, but if you get lucky you could become a hit and quickly gain followers. Consider adding subtitles to your videos; this is because many people will want to watch in situations where they can’t have the sound up. You could even translate the subtitles into other languages. German, French, Spanish captioning and other languages could allow you to reach a broader audience. You do need to have the right personality to be an on-screen entertainer; if you’re naturally lively and a good talker then this could be something that suits you well.
Write a Blog
If you like the idea of creating content but don’t have the confidence or desire to record yourself, starting a blog is a great idea. If you’re a keen writer then you can use the platform to talk about everything from game reviews to cheats and hacks, tips for getting the most out of gameplay and even things like advice for creating gaming/media rooms. There are so many different directions you can go in. Blogging takes time to get established; you can’t set up a site and start earning money from it right away. You need to spend time creating good content, building up a network of followers and gaining authority on the web. Over time, sponsors will begin contacting you about paid opportunities. This could be in the form of ads, link inserts or guest posts. Or it could be free tickets to events, free games to trial and much more; there are plenty of opportunities that can come about from writing a blog.
Become a Professional Gamer
This isn’t for everyone, but if you have a game that you’re exceptionally good at, have you considered going pro? First, you’ll need to join a team and a gaming league, and start entering competitions. If you’re consistently winning and doing well, you’ll need to seek sponsorship and from there you can move to the next level and start playing for cash. You need to be very good at the game you play for this to be a possibility; it involves gaming for many hours a day as though it’s your full-time job to meet the required level. It’s just a pipe dream for many, but if you know you’re good and have what it takes, this is one way you can make a career out of being a gamer.
Play Online Games for Points
There are lots of sites online that allow you to play games for points which you can then cash out as vouchers or money. You probably won’t make a fortune doing this, but if you like playing games when you’re at a loose end, it’s a way you can stay occupied while you’re on the bus or waiting for an appointment, and make some cash out of it at the same time.